The new Flying Spur from BentleyEdward Green ▼ | Tuesday June 24, 2008 2:02AM ET
In fact, uncompromising Bentley introduced two models, Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed, so let us take a look at both of them. If you don't have a time to read this article, a short abstract: I'm thinking about selling my house and buying a Bentley. Thank you, good night, you've been a fantastic audience.
For you, real aficionado that will stay with us, let's begin with Flying Spur. Bentley launched it in 2005 and achieved a great success. It had four doors and combination of performance and luxury, just the right combination for a gentleman with a desire for speed. The youngest Flying Spur is changed, subtle but visible, and those changes are visible on the front, on the back, and on another few details. The new air intake is bolder, and rear end looks more aggressive now. But don't think of aggressive as in Need for Speed, it's more like in 007.
Under the bonnet there's a beast that delivers hundreds of horse powers but in the inside it's like in theatre. A silent theatre. Bentley's engineers really did a great job with many noise-absorbent measures including acoustic glazing, tri-laminate body undertrays and wheel arch liners. All that makes the Bentley's interior the best in class. And when you have such silence inside, you need a state of the art audio system. Bentley cooperated with British hi-fi manufacturer Naim. The result: An amplifier with improved Digital Signal Processor that delivers 1100 Watts to 15 custom-built speakers.
In the style of Bentley, the speaker drive units are specifically tailored to the cabin of each model in the Bentley range to provide a personalized audio experience. In the glove box there is an optional iPod, MP3 and USB interface so the passenger can connect personal music to the in-car infotainment system. Although I believe that there's no place for an MP3 player in Bentley, it is obviously a must have device. The optional rear seat entertainment package contains two headrest-mounted 7-inch LCD screens, a 6-DVD multi-changer and two sets of headphones. An enhanced remote control unit now incorporates the rear seat entertainment systems.
Under the bonnet there is 12-cylinder, 6-litre twin-turbocharged engine that delivers 560PS in Flying Spur, and 610PS in Flying Spur Speed. That gentleman's beast will go from 0 to 100km/h in 11.3 seconds, while Speed model needs 4.5 seconds for the same. And while Bentley logo on the pedal is pressed to the metal, you still may enjoy listening Wagner's Walküre in all its glory. You noticed that we didn't write about all technical specifications and that this article is little bit different. That's because such text would be boring. It is hard to describe Bentley without superlatives, so the article would be full of them.
This was, we brought forward what's really important: The sound of silence. It is a chance that the loudest sound you'll hear will be the sound of Martini dry. Shaken, not stirred. ■