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Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Broadcast dates : 4th September 2005
10th September 2005

The Bentley’s Continental Flying Spur could be seen as the ultimate statement of in-your-face affluence.

The Bentley’s bottom-line is all about power. Power from the exotic W-12 engine. And the personal power that a car like this represents.

With a cockpit like this, there’s very little to forgive the Bentley. It has a drawing room ambience that exudes confidence, and like its great rival the Rolls Royce Phantom, the Flying Spur successfully marries Old-World with hip-hop modernity.

Bells and whistles the Bentley has… in muted abundance.

The balancing act the Bentley is attempting to pull off is one of tradition and cutting edge technology. Visually the car is not that remarkable. You need to be aware of Le Mans in 1930, Woolf Barnato and all that.

The Continental Flying Spur is, in essence, a Continental GT with two extra doors and a slight adjustment to the price tag.

At about R2,7 million, it’s a relative bargain if you measure it against the likes of the four-million-plus Rolls Royce Phantom and the Maybach 57.

It uses a W–configuration twelve-cylinder engine with multiple banks of cylinders. The design was by the VW-Audi group, but Bentley salesmen will assure you there’s no common-or-VW part in the engine… or the rest of the car for that matter.
Bentley is marketing the Flying Spur as a sports sedan. Yet there’s something about this car that brings out the serious side of its occupants.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur
  • Engine: W-12 turbocharged petrol, 5 998cc
  • Power: 411 kW @ 6 100 rpm
  • Torque: 650 Nm @ 1 600 rpm
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic, all-wheel-drive
  • 0-100 km/h: 5,1 seconds
  • Top speed: 305 km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 20,1 litres/100 km
  • Price: R2,7-million (subject to change)

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