Monday, 10 August 2020

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Review

2021 Bentley Flying Spur


For some, pulling up to a destination in a new luxury car is reward enough, but for a lucky few nothing short of an ultra-exclusive ride like the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur will do. 

From its twin-turbocharged V-12 engine to its opulent leather-and-wood-lined enclave of a cabin, the Flying Spur is built to both pamper its passengers and thrill its driver. 

Many buyers may choose to be chauffeured—and for good reason: the Spur's rear seat is a relaxing retreat. But for those who plan to drive themselves, this sportiest Bentley sedan offers eyebrow-raising athleticism, marked by surprisingly agile handling and outrageous straight-line speed. 

All of this prestige comes with a princely price tag, of course, one that soars as you customize it from the company's Mulliner catalog of bespoke options and packages.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur

What's New for 2021?

The Flying Spur was redesigned for the 2020 model year so 2021 brings only minor tweaks. Chief among them is a newly optional four-seat configuration, which replaces the rear bench seat with two buckets with a fixed center console that runs the entire length of the sedan's cabin. 

Elsewhere, a new steering wheel design provides more access to the car's driver-assistance features. New wood trim inserts are available for the rear door panels, and rear-seat picnic tables are an option. The interior can now be ordered with either a carbon-fiber trim or a machined metal finish called Côtes de Genève.

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2021 Bentley Flying Spur

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  Flying Spur W-12 sedan: $218,000 (est)

    Bentley customers can choose from one of several curated themes, such as Cool Harmony, Storm Noir, or Alter Ego when ordering their Flying Spur, but we'd suggest going with a fully bespoke build to make it uniquely yours. 

    A seemingly endless array of exterior colors and styling choices await you in the Bentley Mulliner customization program. The same goes for interior appointments, which can include several different types of wood, different-colored leather, and polished metal accents. 

    Upgrading from the standard City Specification to Touring Specification adds several driver-assistance features, and there's even an optional refrigerated compartment to keep your champagne cool.

    2021 Bentley Flying Spur

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    For now, all Flying Spurs come with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, all-wheel drive, and Bentley's powerful twin-turbocharged 626-hp W-12 engine. A 542-hp V-8 engine will join the lineup later on. 

    With the 12-cylinder under the hood, the Flying Spur never wants for power; in fact, it can it can show its taillights to many a top-tier sports car in a drag race. It goes to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. 

    Credit for that agility must go to the sedan's adaptive suspension and rear-wheel-steering system.

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    2021 Bentley Flying Spur

    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

    The Flying Spur's fuel-economy estimates from the EPA look as though they're for a pickup truck rather than a sedan, earning 12 mpg city, 19 mpg highway, and 15 mpg combined. 

    The forthcoming V-8-powered variant may offer slightly better ratings, but I're not expecting a miracle. 

    The Flying Spur's chief rival—the Rolls-Royce Ghost—doesn't fare any better here, but the Mercedes-Maybach S560 managed to earn a 25-mpg highway estimate, making it a better choice for those looking to conserve fuel.

    2021 Bentley Flying Spur

    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

    Sumptuous leather, genuine wood trim, and real metal accents line the Flying Spur's interior. In the front or back, there's plenty of space for adults to stretch out and enjoy the luxurious environs. 

    Bentley's interior designers managed to preserve the brand's prim and proper styling while incorporating modern tech features. 

    A remote touchscreen controller mounted to the rear of the center console allows rear-seat riders to adjust certain things without asking the driver for assistance. 

    For instance, you can use it to open and close the window shades, adjust the cabin climate, and activate the rear-seat massagers. 

    A generously sized trunk offers plenty of space for luggage, cases of champagne, or a day's worth of impulse shopping on Rodeo Drive.

    2021 Bentley Flying Spur

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    2021 Bentley Flying Spur

    2021 Bentley Flying Spur

    Infotainment and Connectivity

    A large 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is nicely situated between large swaths of wood trim on the Flying Spur's dashboard. For a price, Bentley will swap the static infotainment screen with a rotating display that will—as you may have guessed—rotate the screen into the dashboard and bring up a wood panel featuring three analog dials (an outside-temperature gauge, a clock, and a compass). 

    Passengers can connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot, and those with compatible smartphones will enjoy the Spur's Apple CarPlay integration. 

    Bentley provides a 10-speaker stereo system standard but will install one of two premium audio systems for more coin. Buyers may upgrade to either the 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen setup or the 19-speaker Naim system with illuminated speaker grilles.

    2021 Bentley Flying Spur

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

    Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the Flying Spur. 

    Bentley offers several driver-assistance features; unfortunately, many of them cost extra. Key safety features include:

    •  Standard forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection
    •  Available automated emergency braking
    •  Available adaptive cruise control and night vision

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Bentley offers a three-year warranty with the purchase of a new model, but unlike plans from more mainstream luxury brands, there's no mileage limit. 

      Rolls-Royce offers a similar service but extends to its customers four years of coverage. Furthermore, Rolls-Royce offers four years of complimentary scheduled maintenance while Bentley covers only one.

      •  Limited warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
      •  Power-train warranty covers three years or unlimited miles
      •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles.


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