It would be fair to say that the Bentley Flying Spur has made a resoundingly positive impression thus far. Assuming the mantle of flagship Bentley saloon from the Mulsanne would never be easy, but it's taken to the task with aplomb. Our recent road test of the V8 said all that needs to be said: "you're looking at arguably the best luxury saloon in the world."
Bentley clearly isn't a firm to rest on its laurels, however, with the Spur already being updated for the 2022 model year. The most obvious change is the inclusion of Cambrian Grey to the paint palette, bumping the standard colour chart up to 63 choices.
There's more to this Flying Spur than yet another grey, though, with Virtual Prototyping used to further eliminate interior noise. Not only is it more sustainable way to develop cars, but this round of Virtual Prototyping has also allowed Bentley to target deployment of soundproofing more accurately. It means this Flying Spur should deliver "the quietest cabin experience possible", for no additional weight penalty and significantly reduced development mileage. Win-win, right?
Inside the new model, Bentley now offers the option of open-pore veneer, with an ultra-thin lacquer allowing customers to feel the texture of the wood in their Flying Spur. There's more equipment, too, the City Specification that comprises active safety tech, hands-free boot opening and auto dimming mirrors (and which cost £4k) now standard alongside the air ioniser and welcome lighting. Always nice to get something a little extra when paying this sort of money!
Bentley says this latest raft of revisions is "making the best car even better"; certainly, a more refined and better equipped Flying Spur doesn't sound like a bad thing. There aren't yet prices announced for the update, though expect a mild increase from the V8's £154k kick off to reflect the additional equipment. Those that can make do without the tweaks - as mentioned, it was a pretty fabulous car already - might want to consider the used Spurs already available. This W12 First Edition - a spec that added almost £40k to a £168,300 asking price - is already available for £180k after just 1,500 miles. And there really would be nothing better to drive home from Glasgow in...
1 / 3