Nothing gets the 1% excited like the unveiling of a new Bentley (okay, except for really great stock market news). The 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur should certainly illict the best kind of kerfuffle amongst the bluebloods and new money, alike.
Exhibiting the muscularity of the flagship Mulsanne, the new Flying Spur’s presence is far more noticeable than the sleeker car it replaces. The fascia is more vertical like the Mulsanne and less like the sportier GT, along with larger air intakes beneath the bumper. The straight character line along the body is replaced by one that arches toward the rear, and the new model’s front fender vent bows. The taillights lose the double ellipse for a singular one, resulting in simplicity. The new design works well, giving the Flying Spur a much needed injection of boldness that shows up in quantity here, despite the faint echo of last generation Maserati Quattroporte in the profile, along with Rolls-Royce Phantom in the slope of the tail.
The interior, of course, doesn’t understand the word compromise when it comes to hand-built quality and luxury — standard Bentley practice that never fails to wow. Over 600 new parts adorn the cabin, with only a few small carryovers from the previous car. Torsional rigidity and stiffness have been improved to aid in handling, and ride comfort has also been boosted without compromising performance. Bentley’s most powerful engine is underneath the hood: the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 that’s found in the Continental GT Speed. The 616 horses and 590 lb-ft of torque rocket the luxo-mobile to 60 in a wicked 4.2 seconds. Now you can whet your appetite for some cucumber finger sandwiches by leaving sports cars behind to choke in your exhaust.