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2013-03-28 12:50

SHOWING ITS FACE: The Bentley Flying Spur made its debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

The new Bentley Flying Spur makes its North American debut at the New York International Auto Show on March 28, 2013.

Christophe Georges, president and COO, Bentley Motors said: “We’re excited to show the new Flying Spur in one of Bentley’s most important markets in the world - New York.

“The Flying Spur meets the desires of our customers perfectly and is a car only Bentley could make - timeless design inside and out, ultimate material quality, attention to detail, class leading refinement, and effortless performance.” 


The automaker's styling team has developed an athletic design for the new car that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance and contemporary details.

Sharp feature lines complement muscular rear haunches, while diode day-time running lights, dipped headlights and taillights complement the front and rear profiles. The interior designers have created a spacious cabin that features hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers.

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It has a touch-screen infotainment, mobile connectivity including Wi-Fi, a rear seat entertainment suite and a new bespoke hand-held touch screen remote which allows rear-cabin occupants to control an extensive range of features from their seat.

Powering the new car is the automaker’s renowned six-litre, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to an eight-speed transmission; it makes 459kW and features more power than any other four-door Bentley in history.

A 14% improvement in the power-to-weight ratio over the outgoing model delivers  0-100km/h time of 4.3 seconds and a top-speed of 321km/h. Power is delivered to the road via all-wheel drive with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed drive in all road and weather conditions.

The new Flying Spur has a base MSRP of the equivalent of about R1.8-million.


The showcase continues with the North American debut of an enhanced specification for the flagship Mulsanne sedan. A range of new features have been added to the car and are on display for the first time in North America, offering a new suite of entertainment and communication system options.

An entertainment specification incorporates the latest in technological developments, with picnic tables designed for an iPad and wireless keyboard and the cabin of the car becoming a Wi-Fi hotspot.

A new comfort specification, including comfort headrests, footrests and duck down filled loose cushions has been introduced to the vehicle.

The introduction of the new Flying Spur comes on the heels of a successful 2012 in which US sales were up 23% to 2 315 cars. Globally, the company achieved growth of 22% with 8 510 cars delivered to customers.  The United States remains the number one market for Bentley worldwide and the region expects to continue to achieve double digit growth in 2013.

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