For a few lean years, Bentley's only car was the Continental, a coupe that the company offered in a number of variants. But recently the company has been expanding its lineup, adding the big Mulsanne sedan. Now comes the Flying Spur sedan, slotting in below the Mulsanne and replacing the Continental Flying Spur coupe.
Bentley has made its reputation building a high-luxury cars with a strong performance edge. The company is known for the Blower Bentley, the car made famous in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. For most of the last century, Bentley was owned by Rolls-Royce, where it acquired its luxury tone. Since 1998, the Flying B has been the property of the Volkswagen Group.
At over 17 feet long, the Flying Spur definitely qualifies as a full-size sedan. Most of the body is steel, but Bentley uses aluminum for the hood and front fenders to reduce weight. Even then, the Flying Spur comes in at 5,451 pounds.
Wide sail planes at the C-pillars give the rear of the Flying Spur a presence not very apparent from the front of the car. The roofline maintains height until it flows over the C-pillars down to the trunk, lending to a roomy rear seating area.
Underneath the Flying Spur, you will find most of the standard Bentley performance technology. An adjustable air suspension adds stability when cornering, and an all-wheel-drive system helps maintain traction.
An eight-speed automatic transmission runs power to the all-wheel-drive system. The large Bentley shifter looks like it should have a flip-up top with a red button underneath for missile launchers or an ejector seat.