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Geneva Motor Show 2013: Bentley Flying Spur

New upmarket look for the smaller Bentley saloon...

Bentley has taken the wraps off the 2014 Flying Spur ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks, revealing a bold new look.

The redesigned Flying Spur borrows styling cues from the latest Continental GT and the bigger Mulsanne, the latter especially around the rear quarters. The new saloon has a much longer and lower look to it, although the underpinnings and body structure are carried over from the previous model. The front end has the quad headlights of the Conti GT, thankfully still in the same configuration, not the slightly sad look of the Mulsanne. The front end has a very simple look, enhancing the luxury appearance while there are strong styling lines down the long sides, breaking up the bulk somewhat. There is one very neat detail, in the wing vent – the chromework is in the shape of the classic ‘Flying B’ of old Bentleys.

The rear sees the most changes though, with pronounced rear hips and a sleeker rear window tapering to a low bootlid. The rear lights take inspiration from the EXP9 off roader concept – thankfully the only part – and there are the standard twin oval tailpipes. The new look certainly gives the Flying Spur a much more distinctive look and one that puts it on a par with the Rolls Royce Ghost in terms of looks. Underneath the svelte bodywork is a redesigned structure that helps the model to be 50 kg lighter than the old Flying Spur thanks to aluminium (hood and front wings) and polymer composite (boot lid) components.

The interior takes the look of the latest Continental GT up front, with over 600 new components. The look is familiar but highly luxurious and will undoubtedly be of the highest quality. Rear passengers get top billing as the Multi-Media Specification adds Wi-Fi connectivity, a 64 GB hard drive, wireless headphones and two 10-inch displays. To control all the new toys, Bentley offers a "Touch Screen Remote" that deploys from the rear centre console at the push of a button. It allows rear seat passengers to easily control a variety of different systems including the climate control and infotainment systems as well as their own seat.

Customers can also order the Mulliner Driving Specification which adds diamond quilted seats, a leather headliner, alloy pedals, a knurled gear lever, a jewel filler cap and 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels.

At launch, the Flying Spur will be available with the twin-turbo 6.0 litre W12 engine, producing 619 bhp and 590 lb/ft of torque. It is connected to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system which enables the big saloon to accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 200 mph. This W12 model will be joined later in the year by a cheaper V8 model, using the 4.0 litre twin turbo V8 seen in the Continental GT with 500 bhp.

Pricing will be announced at Geneva.

Images and video courtesy of Bentley Motors

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more