2020 Bentley Flying Spur: Continental GT’s saloon sibling revealed

Matthew Mills
June 11, 2019

The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is an ultra-posh alternative to the Mercedes-Maybach S650 and Rolls-Royce Ghost. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

  • Revealed

    2020 Bentley Flying Spur saloon

  • Specs include

    635hp, 6.0-litre W12 engine

  • Price and release date

    from £165,000; early 2020

2020 Bentley Flying Spur price and release date

Prices for the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur will start from £165,000 – £10,000 less than the Mercedes-Maybach S650. However, getting the Bentley specified to the same level as the Mercedes will cost closer to £200,000.

The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur will go on sale early next year.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur styling

There’s no denying that the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur has the styling of a high-end saloon car. Its giant, flat, rounded-rectangular grille, circular headlights and posh bonnet ornament certainly see to that at the front, while the sides follow suit with their up-to-22-inch wheels. Even the rear manages to look high-end, flaunting a pair of exhaust pipes so giant that they could each serve as a rabbit’s burrow.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur engine

The engine of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is the same 6.0-litre, W12 powerhouse fitted to the Bentley Continental GT coupe. It produces 635hp and 900Nm of pulling power, shooting the Flying Spur from 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. The car has a top speed of 207mph, which its eight-speed transmission can hit in sixth gear. The remaining two gears are in place to help save fuel during high-speed cruising. However, even then, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur will likely not return any more than 20mpg.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur specs

The brakes of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur are the largest ever fitted to a production car: a gargantuan 420mm. The car also has a three-chamber air suspension, which has 60 percent more air volume than the outgoing model’s. This means that there is a greater range between the comfort and sports settings, allowing the suspension to be even firmer or even softer than before.

The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur can be bought with active anti-roll bars, which stop the car from excessively leaning in corners.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur interior and infotainment

The interior of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur borders on the ridiculously large. Its 3,195mm wheelbase means that the car is 130mm longer than the outgoing version, providing gaping chasms of legroom for rear-seat passengers. Headroom will be equally as generous, too. The materials are as luxury as they come, as the Flying Spur’s cabin is teeming with wooden veneers and leather.

As far as infotainment goes, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur has the same optional 12-inch touchscreen as you would find in the Continental GT coupe. It’s a vibrant and colourful display that operates the majority of the car’s feature, yet – if you find it clashes with the rest of the interior’s more understated wood-and-leather theme – it can easily disappear. It has three sides that swivel, leaving blank, wood veneer trim or three traditional-looking analogue dials. These dials show a compass, an inclinometer and an outside temperature gauge.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur driving

Its high price tag, luxurious inetrior ambience and spacious cabin make the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur an ideal car to be chauffeured around in. Thankfully, if you find yourself doing the chauffeuring, the saloon is still kitted out to make your life much easier. It has a number of autonomous aids, which combine to make the Flying Spur able to drive itself on the motorway and through heavy traffic. There is also a night-vision view, an auto-park functionality and a 360-degree, ‘eagle eye’ camera.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur optional extras

If you feel that inescapable itch to burn a hole through your wallet, then you can fork out and get your 2020 Bentley Flying Spur personalised. Using Bentley’s Mulliner service, you can get your Flying Spur in practically any colour under the sun. Plus, you can replace the leather in the interior with a vegan alternative and choose from a plethora of wood and metal trim pieces.

The choices don’t end there, either. There’s an armada of stereo options to wrap your head around. The standard system is 650W, but you can upgrade to a 1,500W Bang & Olufsen that has sixteen speakers. Not enough? Then you can go for a nineteen-speaker Naim stereo that also pumps the bass directly through the Flying Spur’s front seats.

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