RE: Bentley hints at Flying Spur replacement

RE: Bentley hints at Flying Spur replacement

Wednesday 10th April

Bentley hints at Flying Spur replacement

Expect a bigger fuss to be made of the bigger GT this time around. Just don't call it that...



With the latest GT finally on the cusp of its global launch (and by 'global' we mean North America) Bentley has some spare time to consider the next item up its sleeve. Cue the first glimpse of "an all-new four-door Grand Tourer" - or the Flying Spur, as it's otherwise known.

Whether or not the model in question will actually retain that name remains to be seen. Bentley doesn't seem entirely sure itself given its preference for writing "all-new four-door Grand Tourer" everywhere (although using www.newflyingspur.com as the place for registering your interest seems fairly emphatic).

The model's name has always been a slightly thorny issue for the brand. Bentley fans will recall that it was originally dubbed the Continental Flying Spur on the basis that it is (and was) a literal four-door version of the GT - until it realised that the association wasn't doing it any particular favours in the marketplace.


Its replacement will be closely related to the new GT as well, although - on the basis of lessons learnt - Bentley will be working overtime to differentiate between the two, making a new name entirely possible. Certainly the profile of he-who-must-not-be-named seems swish enough from the rendering; much more so than the staid model it replaces.

Added to the list of things we don't know yet is pretty much everything else, although you can expect the manufacturer's current W12, V8 lineup to fill out the engine bay - along with the plug-in hybrid option that currently features in the Bentayga. (Or theoretically features, at any rate - you can't currently order one in this country yet.)

Expect the car to be more spacious than the model it replaces - on the basis that the GT was bigger than the car it replaced, notably in the wheelbase - and expect it to be conspicuously lovely inside, because all Bentleys are. Also anticipate it making its debut before the end of the year, when everything else will become clear.

 

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siwhit

Original Poster:

8 posts

121 months

Wednesday 10th April
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I live near Crewe and a test mule saloon with a new Conti front end is regularly racking up miles around the local area and motorways

MDL111

3,370 posts

117 months

Wednesday 10th April
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will look nice based on the pics/taking the current GT as reference

B10

874 posts

207 months

Wednesday 10th April
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Hope it does not have the odd looking grill of the GT.

Vocht

1,278 posts

104 months

Thursday 11th April
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This will be an absolute peach of a car.

sisu

435 posts

113 months

Thursday 11th April
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The sales have stalled since the Mulsane came out, add into this ya Mrs wanting a Bentaga the market for a blobby VW phaeton based car that looks like a mid 90s Chevy Caprice from the back is for people who would buy an Infiniti.

Values of the Flying Spur at the moment...


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Lord_Howit_Hertz

1,643 posts

157 months

Thursday 11th April
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Have seen a few of these on the lanes around where I live (Sandbach, down the road from Crewe). Granted these are the Camo'd up mules, but some show more details than others, from what I can see, they have carried a lot from the latest Conti and it looks good for it.

Most impressive thing from when spotting these is how quick the driver and passenger can get out and throw a cover over the whole car when its sat longer than it should be (ran out of fuel and parked in lay by's).

P-Co

2 posts

Friday 12th April
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I have a few pictures of this in the flesh from 09/04 as it was making a trip up the m6, no camo on it just a few black stickers.
I thought it was a GT at first 😮

P-Co

2 posts

Sunday 14th April
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Left hand drive, interior blinds up so can't see in the back but a nice looking motor