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2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

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$50,890 — $100,614 USED
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
13-14 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.0) 2 reviews

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Handling
  • Distinctive look
  • Roominess
  • Prestige

The Bad

  • Gas mileage
  • Poor excuse for cupholders
  • Some obvious Audi parts
  • Lacks lower-priced luxury features

What to Know

about the 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
  • Standard 552-hp, twin-turbo W-12
  • Six-speed automatic
  • High-performance 600-hp Speed version
  • Acoustic glass and other sound-absorbing materials

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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 twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter 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. Bentley is owned by Volkswagen.

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New for 2012
The Series 51 custom exterior and interior colors and features are now available on the base Flying Spur and the Flying Spur Speed. A new standard multimedia system with an 8-inch touch-screen features a 30-gigabyte hard drive for audio and navigation functions and replaces a DVD-based system.

Exterior
Though a sedan, the Continental Flying Spur follows the appearance of the Continental GT coupe. Bentley says the two were developed in parallel to create consistency in their visual appearance. Exterior features include:

  • Upright chrome grille
  • Large lower air intakes
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps

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 adaptive cruise control system manages the throttle and brakes to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead. Int...

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 twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter 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. Bentley is owned by Volkswagen.

(Skip to details on the: Continental Flying Spur Speed)

New for 2012
The Series 51 custom exterior and interior colors and features are now available on the base Flying Spur and the Flying Spur Speed. A new standard multimedia system with an 8-inch touch-screen features a 30-gigabyte hard drive for audio and navigation functions and replaces a DVD-based system.

Exterior
Though a sedan, the Continental Flying Spur follows the appearance of the Continental GT coupe. Bentley says the two were developed in parallel to create consistency in their visual appearance. Exterior features include:

  • Upright chrome grille
  • Large lower air intakes
  • Standard 19-inch wheels
  • Optional 20-inch wheels
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlamps

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 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
  • Standard front and rear heated seats
  • Optional ventilated front seats
  • Acoustic glass on side and rear windows
  • Available Naim Audio 1,100-watt, 15-speaker 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. 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
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adjustable air suspension
  • Optional fade-resistant carbon ceramic brakes allow for extended life

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • 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
Introduced in 2009, 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. 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
  • Optional bright chrome grille as a no-cost option
  • Diamond-quilted hide in the seat facings and door panels

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.0
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Exterior Styling
(3.5)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(4.0)
Value For The Money
(3.0)
(3.0)

Not my kind of car

by mrkman from Philadelphia, PA on July 10, 2014

I test drove this car for 30 minutes, so keep this in mind. I own two Lexus and they are absolutely great cars, however I felt it might be the time to buy a Bentley. The looks are very subjective. I ... Read full review

(5.0)

My 3rd bentley

by scottyr from Miami fl on August 26, 2011

I have owned over 100 cars, the bentley has it all without to much flash. It is a true super car that gets 20+mpg at 70mph with 3 passangers and luggage. A drivers car with the best seats. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Bentley

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Powertrain

    36 months / unlimited distance

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    10 years old or less/unlimited mileage

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles

  • Powertrain

    1 year/unlimited miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    Yes

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Continental Flying Spur received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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