The model that almost single-handedly revived the Bentley marque has been overhauled and receives sportier credentials by way of the new Continental Flying Spur Speed.
Described as the most powerful four-door created by the British manufacturer, the twin turbo 12-cylinder powerplant in the Flying Spur Speed is good for 449 kW.
Inspired by Bentley's legendary Speed models, this car sprints to 100 km/h from standstill in 4.8 seconds and has a claimed top speed of 322 km/h.
750 Nm at 1 750 r/min
Peak torque of 750 Nm is available from a bone-crunching 1 750 r/min, while power is channeled by a revised six-speed automatic gearbox.
A ride height lower by 10 mm, redesigned suspension and retuned steering through the Servotronic system deliver agility when required, while top grip levels are the work of 20-inch multi-spoke alloys shod with Pirelli P-Zero performance tyres.
The Flying Spur Speed is also set apart by dark tinted radiator and air intake grilles and wider tail pipes.
More aggressive looking
Apart from the addition of the "racing" Spur, the rest of the Flying Spur line-up has also undergone subtle styling changes.
These include a new, more vertical grille and bolder air intakes at the front, while the rear bumper has been made to look more aggressive.
Better sound deadening, a new bespoke 1 100 W, 15-speaker Naim audio system, and a radar-based adaptive cruise control are some of the new features on the sedan.
Further enhancements include two new colours for the leather upholstery, three new exterior paint colours and, for the first time on Continental, four dual-tone paint combinations.