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By Cars.com Staff
November 14, 2012
Inspired by the company's Continental Flying Spur of 1957, the modern sedan is called a "grand tourer born of a coupe." It has a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 and standard all-wheel drive. Bentley claims acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. (Skip to details on the: Continental Flying Spur Speed) New for 2013 There are no significant changes for the 2013 model year. ExteriorThough a sedan, the Continental Flying Spur follows the appearance of the Continental GT coupe. Exterior features include:
Upright chrome grille
Large lower air intakes
19- or 20-inch wheels
InteriorLeather 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 adaptive cruise control system manages the throttle and brakes to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead. Interior features include:
Standard 30-gigabyte hard drive multimedia system
Four-zone electronic climate control
Front and rear heated seats
Ventilated front seats
Acoustic glass on side and rear windows
Available Naim Audio premium stereo
Available fold-down tables for rear passengers
Under the Hood Breathing with the assistance of twin turbochargers, the Continental Flying Spur's 6.0-liter W-12 is a flex-fuel engine capable of burning E85 ethanol. Mechanical features include:
Twin-turbo 6.0-liter W-12 engine produces 552 horsepower and 479 pounds-feet of torque
Six-speed automatic with manual-shift mode
Adjustable air suspension
Optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes
SafetyStandard safety features include:
Eight airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags and side-impact airbags for both front and rear outboard occupants
Electronic stability system
Continental Flying Spur Speed This high-performance 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. Additional features include:
Upgraded 6.0-liter W-12 produces 600 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque
Ride height lowered 10 millimeters versus standard Continental Flying Spur
20-inch multispoke 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; no-cost bright chrome grille
Diamond-quilted hide in the seat facings and door panels