The official embargo for information on Bentley's new Continental Flying Spur has now passed, meaning we can update the story we posted yesterday reporting the leak of official pics and info. A handsome thing it is too, and a notable improvement over the original in the styling department.
Continental GT Speed with the same 625hp and 590lb ft. Matched to ZF’s excellenteight-speed transmission and powering a four-wheel drive drivetrain with a 40:60 front to rear split, it’ll provide sufficient grunt to get the Spur from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds. No 0-62 nonsense for these boys, though if you do think metric it'll take another three tenths to hit the benchmark 100km/h. Bentley claims it’ll also be able to hit 200mph, which is thanks in part to a drag coefficient of 0.29 – pretty impressive for a bluff four-door like this. Power to weight has also been improved by a worthy 14 per cent over the previous model.
We’ve no information on pricing or on-sale dates just yet, but we hope to bring you those details when the car makes its global debut at Geneva. Meanwhile for bargain-hunting would-be Bentley drivers the outgoing model makes for a seriously tempting alternative to everyday saloons, as our £35K You Know You Want To revealed recently. And there are plenty more like it too.
Original story: Although it wasn’t supposed to be released until tomorrow, Bentley’s new Flying Spur has already been leaked on the internet. Pictures of the new car that look to be initial press shots have been discovered by Worldcarfans – although the Russian site they claim as a source looks to have removed them since.
Continental GT than there was before, too, so the Spur is easily distinguishable from head on.
Inside, the interior is mostly the same as the coupe, while the engine line-up is set to be similarly... er... similar. In other words, you’ll probably get the same choice of 507hp twin-turbo V8, 575hp W12, or 625hp W12 Speed. Of course, we’ll have full details for you as they come through tomorrow.