2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Unveiled Ahead of 2013 Geneva Auto Show
2013 Geneva Auto Show
2013 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The face-lifted 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of a global debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
- Bentley dealers are currently able to place orders, and the first customer deliveries in the U.S. are slated for June.
- Pricing on the 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur is expected to be released in Geneva.
CREWE, England — The face-lifted 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, with some styling cues borrowed from the GT and GTC models, was unveiled on Tuesday ahead of a global debut at the 2013 Geneva Auto Show.
Bentley dealers are currently able to place orders, and the first customer deliveries in the U.S. are slated for June, according to Graeme Russell, Bentley's U.S. spokesman. The Flying Spur targets the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Maserati Quattroporte, among others.
Pricing on the 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur is expected to be released in Geneva, Russell told Edmunds. The 2013 Flying Spur starts at $189,925, including a $2,725 destination charge and a $3,000 gas-guzzler tax. Russell said it is expected that the 2014 Flying Spur will be subject to the gas-guzzler tax as well.
Bentley describes the redesigned Flying Spur as the "fastest, most powerful four-door Bentley model ever." It also features its own Wi-Fi hotspot, courtesy of a new multimedia specification. The setup includes two 10-inch LCD screens installed in the backs of the front seats.
The tweaked 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine in the 2014 Flying Spur churns out 616 horsepower, a 64-hp bump over the engine in the 2013 Flying Spur. The engine is linked to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission; the 2013 Flying Spur is equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2014 Flying Spur sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 200 mph. The outgoing model sprints from zero to 60 in 4.9 seconds and has a top speed of 194 mph.
Bentley estimated that the 2014 Flying Spur will return 12 mpg in city driving and 20 mpg on the highway. The EPA has not yet posted official fuel economy numbers on the 2014 Flying Spur. The 2013 Flying Spur returns 11 mpg in city driving and 19 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
Bentley describes the new Flying Spur as being "lighter overall despite enhanced specification." The 2014 Flying Spur has a curb weight of 5,451 pounds. Bentley says the 2014 model is 110 pounds lighter than the first-generation car.
The 2014 Flying Spur gets a lower, wider look with front fenders that feature a new "wing" vent with the Bentley "B" motif. The car also gets a more upright chrome grille.
The cabin is available in four- and five-seat configurations. A glass sunroof is a no-cost option.
Buyers can choose from 17 standard exterior paint colors, including new Dark Cashmere. The optional paint choices include Damson, "a rich hue inspired by the extremely rare purple diamond," said Bentley in a statement. This color gets an optional matching hide interior.
New 19-inch wheels with a bright-painted or diamond-turned finish round out the exterior package.
Edmunds says: The big question mark is pricing, which should be disclosed in a few weeks.