In October we flew to the beautiful French Rivera to experience the new Bentley Flying Spur.
Bentley is a brand that stands for sporting luxury, and with the new Flying Spur Bentley have surpassed themselves. It offers the performance of a Super Car, the comfort of a gentleman’s private club, and the appearance of a muscular work of art.
Bentley wanted us to experience the new Flying Spur first as passengers, and only afterwards as drivers. Therefore, upon arrival at Nice International airport, we were escorted to an awaiting Flying Spur, with chauffeur.
Seeing the car for the first time is an impressive sight. Bentley has somehow managed to make the Flying Spur both retro and futuristic. This is a big, luxurious, opulent, car. It has a huge, wide and imposing front grill between large matrix LED headlamps. The famous flying B mascot illuminates and is fully retractable at the press of a switch.
So we got into the back seats, the chauffeur loaded our luggage into the boot, and we were whisked to the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. The journey took 45 minutes and, after a long flight, we got to experience the luxurious comfort of the car’s huge leather seats. They were far more comfortable than the airline Business Class seats we had occupied for many hours. They also offered plenty of leg room, a choice of various massage sessions, and there was even a cooler for champagne (or water) located between the back seats.
The next day we got to drive the car, but before we could drive on the open roads we first had to navigate our way out of the slightly chaotic streets of Monaco. Sometimes big cars let themselves down by being cumbersome in slow city traffic, but this Bentley handled superbly around Monte Carlo’s heavy traffic and narrow streets, with no little thanks to the active AWD (All Wheel Drive), a first for Bentley.
The massive 6 liter engine offers 620 hp and 664 lb ft of torque, enabling zero to 100 khp in just 3.7 seconds. This is Super Car performance.
Once outside of Monaco and on the open roads of the South of France, the Bentley really came into its own. The massive 6-litre engine offers 620 hp and 664 lb ft of torque, enabling zero to 100 kph in just 3.7 seconds. This is Super Car performance. Top speed exceeds 330 kph.
I very much enjoyed driving this car. It’s quiet inside with little road-noise, yet the sound of the powerful engine is still audible, and in a satisfying way.
Driving mode options are Comfort – which certainly lives up to its title as you hardly feel the bumps in the road, Sport – for when you want to drive it like a Ferrari, and Bentley Mode – which is a combination of Comfort and Sport. There’s also a Custom Mode which enables the driver to create their own unique driving mode.
This car comes in 17 standard colours and a further 13 colours as available as options. There are 15 leather colour options, and there’s also multiple colour options of veneer. Bentley has also used 3-D printing to create door panels that appear as quilted leather, but are made of wood.
It offers the performance of a Super Car, the comfort of a gentleman’s private club, and the appearance of a muscular work of art.
There’s a 12.3” touchscreen that can be hidden and instead reveal either 3 analogue dials or plain veneer. There’s a choice of 3 types of the sound system, the top of the range offering 2,200 wts of power, and there’s wireless charging.
It’s hard to adequately communicate the feeling you get from such a motor car without experiencing it yourself. There are so many details that cater more to luxury and art than to actual driving needs. The Bentley Flying Spur is a work of art that just happens to be a car.