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By Cars.com Staff
July 14, 2008
Vehicle Overview 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.
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.
Exterior For 2009, the Continental Flying Spur gets changes to the grille and rear bumper.
More upright grille
Larger lower air intakes
New chrome accents for grille and headlights
Interior 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
Safety 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