• (4.0) 2 reviews
  • MSRP: $73,757–$96,193
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 13-14
  • Engine: 552-hp, 6.0-liter W-12 (flexible; E85)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • Standard 552-hp, twin-turbo W-12
  • Six-speed automatic
  • High-performance 600-hp Speed version
  • Acoustic glass and other sound-absorbing materials

2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Reviews

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. 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

(4.0)

Average based on 2 reviews

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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 w... Read Full Review

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Recalls

There is currently 1 recall for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/unlimited

Powertrain

36mo/unlimited

Roadside Assistance Coverage

36mo/unlimited

Free Scheduled Maintenance

36mo/30,000mi

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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