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.