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2010-08-27 07:00

Bought a mine recently? Why not reward yourself with an Africa spec Bentley Continental to celebrate.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Bentley
Model Continental Flying Spur Speed Africa
Engine 6l W12 turbo
Power 449kW @ 6 000r/min
Torque 750Nm @ 1 750r/min
Transmission Six-speed auto
Zero To Hundred 4.8 sec
Top Speed 322km/h
Weight 2 477kg
Tyres 275/35/20 Pirelli P-Zero
Front Suspension Multi-link air suspension
Rear Suspension Multi-link air suspension
Are you a plutocrat feeling particularly patriotic after the successful hosting of the soccer world cup?

Why not spoil yourself with an Africa themed Bentley Continental?

VW’s ultra-luxury division has announced that South Africa will benefit from a very limited run of five Continental Flying Spur (and Speed) Africa models.

These ubuntu Continentals mirror a marketing exercise of slightly greater volume in the Middle-East, where Bentley’s planning to retail 50 Continental Arabia models.

Africa spec? Not quite

How do these culturally astute Africanised Continentals differ from the usual Crewe fare?

Well, the upgrades are (very) subtle with 'Africa' badging on the front fender, tread plates and ashtray lid.

Flying Spur Africa models roll 14-spoke diamond alloy wheels too (there is no option for 22-inch spinners - unfortunately), whilst the Spur Speed makes due with a wheel design of four spokes less.

Cabin embellishments (beyond the embossed ashtray lid) are virtually endless, with Bentley’s craftspeople able to tailor cabin trim, texture and colour combinations to virtually any whim – at an appropriate price.

Those renowned Crewe built picnic sets and rare wood cabin finishes (remember to specify oxblood leather for the seats too) are amongst the most popular options.

If you are scared the valet at one of Gauteng’s upmarket dining or entertainment establishments may fiddle with your Bentley Continental Africa, well, the engineers at Crewe have a solution.

All Continentals can be ordered with a special valet-lock key fob. This allows the car to be driven, yet secures access to the boot and glovebox, thereby ensuring that nosy valets (or private investigators posing as valets) are unable to access the contents of your glovebox or golfbag in the boot whilst navigating the Bentley to its VIP parking bay...

Improperly fast

Mechanically the Africa models are identical to their production siblings.

Flying Spur derivatives run a 411kW version of the VW sourced 6l W12, whilst buyers keen on even more performance can opt for the Flying Spur Speed with its tuned 449kW 6l W12.

Both engine options show an indecent turn of Speed (sorry, we could not help ourselves), running the benchmark 0-100km/h sprint in under five seconds.

These Africa Continentals power on to top speeds of 312- and 322km/h respectively. Considering they sport a kerb weight of nearly 3t, we would recommend the optional composite-ceramic brakes for these two new additions to the 'big five.'

Rens Rademeyer, boss of Bentley South Africa believes there is historical relevance to these Continental Africa derivatives.

"South Africa has a long and established history with these magnificent driving machines. The first Bentley’s arrived on our shores as early as the 1930’s and have become part of our motoring history."

"They were driven by the economic pioneers of our mineral rich country and we are very proud to offer these limited edition Africa Flying Spurs to the individuals who will be pioneering our future."

Like we said. If you are a plutocrat you’ll surely see the appeal of these Continental Africa models. Especially if you are part of the mineral exploiting class.

Pricing? Well, that is a matter for discussion between you and Mr. Rademeyer…

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