Bentley Flying Spur W12

Published on July 15, 2015


Bentley Flying Spur W12.

From the sharp lines of its super-formed aluminium exterior to the hand-crafted hides and veneers that adorn the interior, the expertise of Bentley’s craftsmen is evident throughout the Flying Spur W12. Every seam in the A-Grade leather is individually sewn. Every layer of veneer is lacquered and polished by hand. The entire cabin, from the wood and the leather to the architecture that supports the car’s digital technology has been fitted by hand.

While the 6-litre W12 engine can propel the Flying Spur W12 from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 199 mph, the environment inside remains one of absolute calm – not least because of the specially-designed soundproofing installed in the floor and the doors.

Design:
* Exterior Design:
The Bentley marque’s characteristic curves meet crisp, clean new edges in a remarkably sleek silhouette. The side feature line runs along the car from the rear wheel arch in parallel with the low roof, down to its hand-fitted chrome front grille. The bi-Xenon headlights with daylight-running LEDs complete a powerful visage when viewed from head on. A strong rear haunch and wrap-around tail lamps add an elegant, contemporary feel. There is no doubt that the Flying Spur is unmistakably Bentley and stands alone as a luxury sedan.
* Interior Design:
Despite the Flying Spur’s powerful nature, this is a spacious four-door sedan where back-seat passengers can enjoy the ride and take control of their environment. From the organ-stop air vent controls to the touch screen Infotainment system and Touch Screen Remote, they can experience a Bentley drive nearly as exhilarating as the driver’s.
* Materials:
The veneers used for the mirror-matched waistrails and dashboard, the matching glasses case in the console and the picnic tables behind the front seats are all carefully fitted by hand. Cured for 72 hours, they are treated with five layers of clear lacquer to enhance their natural beauty. The result is a series of stunning, mirror-matched surfaces that flow seamlessly into the soft, tactile leather of the Flying Spur’s interior.

Every hand-upholstered leather seat is individually sewn, hand-fitted and signed by the upholsterer on the back of the hide, which undergoes a traditional tanning process beforehand, to give it a rich, luxurious leather aroma.
* Mulliner Specification:
In the early days of the motor car, Mulliner became the coachbuilder of choice for Britain’s discerning motorists – many of whom drove Bentleys. Mulliner craftsmanship soon became legendary and in 1959, the company finally became part of Bentley.

Today, the Flying Spur W12 Mulliner continues this proud tradition of handcrafted excellence. In addition to the luxurious specification of the Flying Spur W12, it sports subtle design details such as 21” five-spoke two-piece alloy wheels, designed alongside the car at the Bentley factory in Crewe. The Mulliner name adorns the treadplates and the chrome details on the wing vent.

Inside, the theme continues with diamond-quilted seats and door panels with perforated hides, drilled alloy sports pedals and a knurled sports gear lever. Throughout the car, Mulliner’s sporting heritage is combined exquisitely with the handcrafted luxury of the Flying Spur.
* Colour and Choice:
There are countless ways to make your Flying Spur your own.
For the exterior, you can choose from over 100 colours. Inside, the choice widens, with a huge range of hides and veneers to complement options for seat sandwich piping, contrast stitching, cross stitching and cross banding. The options are many; the combinations virtually limitless.

Performance:
* Engine:
The 6 litre W12 engine is capable of 616 bhp and produces a maximum torque of 800 Nm. It can propel the Flying Spur’s speed from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds – and on to a top speed of 199 mph.

With its exquisite interior and the power it places at your fingertips, nothing brings luxury and performance together like the Flying Spur W12.
* Transmission:
All-wheel drive with 40:60 front-to-rear torque split guarantees sure-footed performance, while the 8-speed transmission ensures the car is always in the optimum gear, so it is responsive at low speeds and incredibly smooth, even through multiple gear changes. The new engine management system, meanwhile, combines with new chassis hardware and software to give you total control, while also delivering better range.
* Efficiency
The Flying Spur is a milestone in the development of the luxury car. It is also a milestone in the development of the performance car. Yet the story doesn’t stop there. The radical new body shape remains recognisably, iconically Bentley. The technology behind the driving experience is unrivalled among vehicles of its kind. And when it comes to transporting passengers in comfort, there is nothing quite like it.

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