A new Flying Spur is set to be launched in late 2013, completing the overhaul of the Bentley Continental family. This engineering mule was spied while it was subjected to tests in southern Europe. It was disguised to conceal the near production-ready bodywork of the new Spur. The new Flying Spur is similar to the newly refreshed Continental GT coupé and GTC convertible as it is also based on a heavily modified version of the existing platform, with a fresh bodywork and a new interior that has been upgraded. Even if this prototype makes the new saloon seem shorter and taller, it is believed to be using the same wheelbase as the current car, with comparable overall dimensions.
But then, the mule reveals its new bodywork, which has a crisper sheetmetal. It seems to take inspiration from the new GT and GTC. While flowing curves are evident on the bonnet and boot of the current model, this new model will have sharper creases. Its flanks will also have an appearance that’s more structured.
The Spur’s success in China and the U.S. is attributed mostly to being a formal but understated saloon so the company wants to retain this quality. It’s likely to have powertrains that are similar to what the GT and GTC offers such as twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 and 6.0-litre W12 units. The top-of-the-line Speed variant produces 616bhp, enabling the model to reach a top speed of 200mph. It’s clear that the Spur Speed will be able to get back its title as Bentley’s fastest four-door vehicle with this new powerplant.