Inspired by the company's Continental Flying Spur of 1957, the modern sedan is called a "grand tourer born of a coupe." It has essentially everything offered in the Continental GT coupe, including a 552-horsepower, twin-turbocharged W-12, along with enhanced luxury and space. Like the Continental GT coupe, the Continental Flying Spur has all-wheel drive. Bentley claims acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. For 2009, a high-performance Continental Flying Spur Speed version joins the lineup.
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New for 2009
New to the Continental Flying Spur this year is a high-performance Speed model, extremely long-life carbon ceramic brakes, radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control, and a modified grille and rear bumper.
For 2009, the Continental Flying Spur gets changes to the grille and rear bumper.
- More upright grille
- Larger lower air intakes
- 19-inch wheels
- Bi-xenon headlamps
- New chrome accents for grille and headlights
Leather surfaces and wood veneers provide a sumptuous feel to the inside of the Continental Flying Spur, which can be equipped with four or five seats. An optional new radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control system manages the throttle and brakes to maintain a pre-set distance behind the vehicle ahead.
- DVD-based navigation system
- Optional fold-down tables for rear passengers
- Backseat DVD system
- Four-zone electronic climate control
- Acoustic glass on side and rear windows
- Optional Naim 1,100-watt amplifier and 15 speakers
- Optional iPod, MP3 and USB interface
Under the Hood
Breathing with the assistance of twin turbochargers, the Continental Flying Spur's 6.0-liter W-12 moves the 5,500-pound vehicle with great ease.
- Optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes allow for extended life
- Twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 engine produces 552 hp and 479 pounds-feet of torque
- Six-speed automatic with manual shift mode
- All-wheel drive is standard
- Adjustable air suspension
Standard safety equipment includes:
- Eight airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags and side-impact airbags for both front and rear occupants
- Electronic stability system
Continental Flying Spur Speed
A new Speed model was introduced for 2009. With additions similar to what the Continental GT Speed has, this package gives the Flying Spur a boost in power and an upgrade in ride and handling, along with a few exterior features. Bentley says the Speed can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and can exceed 200 mph.
- Upgraded 6.0-liter W-12 produces 600 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque
- Ride height lowered 10 mm versus standard Continental Flying Spur
- 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels
- Retuned speed-sensitive power steering with solid-mounted front subframe and stiffer rear bushings for better steering response
- Front grille and air intakes in dark-tinted chrome
- Optional bright chrome grille as a no-cost option
- Diamond-quilted hide in the seat facings and door panels
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