New Bentley Flying Spur V8 and GT Speed to be shown at New York International Auto Show

Article by Andrew Christian, on April 14, 2014

Bentley will be presenting the new Continental Flying Spur V8 and upgraded Continental GT Speed at the New York International Auto Show. The new Continental Flying Spur V8, which complements the Flying Spur flagship W12, offers customers the unique experience of performance, craftsmanship, technology and range only available from the Flying Spur.

It is powered by Bentley’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that returns 500 bhp of output and 488 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Flying Spur V8 to accelerate from zero 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and reach a max top speed of 183 mph while covering over 500 miles of extended driving pleasure on a single full tank of fuel.

To allow people to distinguish between the Flying Spur V8 from the W12, Bentley crowned the former with figure of eight chromed exhaust finishers as well as a red center to the Bentley Wings badges denoting the V8 engine.

Likewise, the Flying Spur V8 has front bumper grills finished in black, with a black “wing” insert. On the other hand, Continental GT Speed will enter the New York fray will significant improvements, particularly in terms of supercar power and style. Bentley’s flagship Grand Tourer is powered by the marque’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine, which is now engineered to develop 626 bhp of output and 607 lb-ft of torque torque.

Such power grants the GT Speed coupe with the capability to cruise up to a max speed of 206 mph, making it the fastest production Bentley ever. Likewise, the GT Speed Convertible could travel up to 203 mph, making it the fastest four-seat convertible in the world.

Style-wise, the Continental flagship model is also a great attention-getter, thanks to its signature visual appearance. It boasts of the sharp front splitter, discrete side skirts and elegant rear diffuser of the Mulliner Styling Specification – all finished matching the exterior paint color.

The car’s 21-inch Speed wheel design, headlamps and tail lamps are endowed with a dark tint finish. To top it all, the flagship Grand Tourer features red-painted brake calipers and chrome “Speed” badge.

Bentley also made considerable changes inside the cabin of the GT Speed. The car now features a more modern and sporting cabin with a new color split only available for Speed models. The GT Speed features a dark mono-tone interior, while accent stripes -- in contrasting color – can be seen across the doors, rear panels, fascia wings, inner console and gear lever.

Other cabin features include “Speed” branding sewn to the headrests as well as chrome “Speed” badge found on the passenger side fascia panel. Christophe George -- President and Chief Operating Officer of Bentley Motors -- expressed excitement on the upcoming North American debut of the new Continental Flying Spur V8 and 2015 GT Speed models in New York. He remarked that 2013 was a record year for Bentley and demonstrated the marque’s high level of performance.

He added that he is looking forward for more success as Bentley adds more depth and breadth in its model lines. For the year 2013, Bentley posted record sales and profit. Bentley sold 10,120 units globally, which is a new record for the carmaker. The British marque also posted a 66.9-percent surge in global operating profit to a record £139.7 million.

Likewise, Bentley posted a 15.5-percent jump in turnover to £1.40 billion, also a new record. The carmaker’s sales and financial feat in 2013 were attributed to its success in the Americas region, where it posted a 28-percent increase in sales to 3,140 cars.

The region also accounted for 31 percent of total deliveries, making the Americas the largest market for Bentley. The carmaker was able to swing this momentum in the first quarter of 2014, when the carmaker sold 17 percent more vehicles globally than in the same period in 2013. The carmaker also sold 10 percent more vehicles (698 units) in the Americas in the first quarter of 2014.

Press Release

BENTLEY REVEALS ITS RANGE OF PERFORMANCE AT 2014 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

At the New York International Auto Show, Bentley presents the upgraded performance of the Continental GT Speed and introduces the acclaimed V8 engine to the Flying Spur luxury sedan. Driven by the depth of the Bentley product range, Q1 2014 sales grew by 10% in the Americas region.

“I’m excited for the new Flying Spur V8 and 2015 GT Speed models to make their North American debut in New York,” said Christophe Georges, President and COO, Bentley Motors, Inc. “2013 was a record year for Bentley and demonstrated the high level of performance the brand is capable of. I look forward to seeing that success continue as the depth and breadth of our model lines continue to expand. All of our new products and initiatives will continue to embody the spirit of Bentley’s heritage while delivering effortless performance.”

Enhanced power and style for Continental GT Speed

The capabilities of Bentley’s flagship Grand Tourer are enhanced with updates to its supercar performance and unrivalled refinement.

Bentley’s iconic 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine is engineered even further, now with 626 bhp and a record 607 lb-ft torque. The GT Speed coupe is the fastest production Bentley ever with a top speed of 206 mph. The GT Speed Convertible is the fastest four seat open top car in the world, capable of 203 mph.

The dynamic performance of the Continental flagship model is complemented by a signature visual appearance. The sharp front splitter, discrete side skirts and elegant rear diffuser of the Mulliner Styling Specification are finished to match the exterior paint color. The 21” Speed wheel design, headlamps and tail lamps are given a dark tint finish. The exterior modifications are completed with red-painted brake calipers and chrome “Speed” badge.

The visual changes continue inside the cabin of the GT Speed. Bentley’s unrivaled craftsmanship is now displayed in a more contemporary and sporting manor starting with a new color split reserved for the Speed models. Starting with a dark mono-tone interior, accent stripes in a contrasting color are applied across the doors, rear panels, fascia wings, inner console and gear lever. “Speed” branding is sewn to the headrests, while a chrome “Speed” badge enhances the passenger side fascia panel.

The new V8 – an introduction to the world’s best luxury sedan

Complementing the Flying Spur flagship W12, the V8 model provides the opportunity for drivers to experience the Flying Spur’s blend of performance, craftsmanship and technology with an enhanced touring range.

Bentley’s renowned 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine develops 500 bhp and 488 lb-ft of torque, powering the Flying Spur V8 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 183 mph. This performance comes with an extended fuel range of more than 500 miles.

Subtle styling differentiates the Flying Spur V8 from its W12 sibling, including figure of eight chromed exhaust finishers and a red center to the Bentley Wings badges to denote the V8 engine. The front bumper grills are finished in black, with a black “wing” insert.

Bentley reaches record sales and profit

2013 was a year of record sales and financial success for Bentley. Globally, sales reached 10,120 units, a record high in the company’s 95 year history.

Global operating profit was up 66.9% to a record £139.7 million. Turnover also increased 15.5% to £1.40 billion, the highest in Bentley’s history.

This performance was aided by a highly successful Americas region, with sales increasing 28% to 3,140 cars. The region was the largest market for Bentley, providing 31% of total deliveries.

Continuing on this momentum, Bentley’s Q1 2014 performance showed global deliveries up 17% over Q1 2013. The Americas maintained its number one position, with a 10% increase in customer deliveries (698 cars).

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