New Bentley Continental Flying Spur will have its looks smartly revised

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 5, 2012

Sources say that Bentley’s 200mph Flying Spur saloon will get a sporty update in late 2013. The new Spur, which rivals the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-class, will get sheetmetal that’s more attractively shaped. It will also get major performance improvements. From the information provided by insiders, an artist impression was created.

The new Spur will use a re-engineered platform and will have its looks smartly revised. Its proportions will be sportier and it will have surfaces that appear more fluid. These features take inspiration from the new Continental GT and the Mulsanne flagship. The element taken from the GT is a subtler version of the two-door’s muscular rear haunch while from the Mulsanne, it gets the elegant ‘catwalk’, a flowing belt line that becomes wider over the rear haunch to imply power and performance stemming from the rear axle.

One source said that it looks much sportier and appears to be “much more ‘Coke bottle’ than before. The Spur will boast a look that’s more upmarket and sportier due to the new dimensions on a wheelbase tracks and fixed-design ‘hard’ points that were carried over. Its highlights include a more raked rear screen, taller boot line and narrower rear glasshouse.

Since the Spur is sold in considerably high figures in China where it will most likely be driven by a chauffeur, its interior package wasn’t sacrificed to make it sportier. Bentley made the same improvements to its interior trim as those done on the Mk2 Continental GT, such as higher-grade mouldings, instruments, minor switchgear, leather and carpets. The enhancements to the engineering aspect are also remarkable. For instance, those that are related to the noise paths from the air-sprung suspension, ride quality and isolation of powertrain noise.

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