Testing: Bentley Flying Spur

Testing: Bentley Flying Spur

It’s not just the price that’s a big number in the Flying Spur, writes Chris Nixon.

Pay the money and you get big-everything – an engine with 12 cylinders and two turbochargers, eight gears, four-wheel drive, around 2.5 tonnes kerb weight and the unstoppable thrust of a 322 kmh express.

The recently-introduced series two Spur also comes with sleeker bodywork and a decadently luxe interior.

Other expensive cars have the same array of gear, but the Bentley’s presentation is… well, pure Bentley upper-class.

On the road, if you can get Jeeves out of the driving seat, the Spur really does fly with surprising agility, it’s easy to drive, but parking this big fella is a challenge.

Bentley Spur – $423,160 plus on-roads

Sedan 6.0 litre V12 turbo petrol engine 460kW, 880Nm

FOR: Thrillingly powerful, rare handcrafted exclusivity.
AGAINST: Costs a lot, not for discreet types.
VERDICT: One of the world’s best luxury saloons.

Testing: Bentley Flying Spur

Testing: Bentley Flying Spur

It’s not just the price that’s a big number in the Flying Spur, writes Chris Nixon.

Pay the money and you get big-everything – an engine with 12 cylinders and two turbochargers, eight gears, four-wheel drive, around 2.5 tonnes kerb weight and the unstoppable thrust of a 322 kmh express.

The recently-introduced series two Spur also comes with sleeker bodywork and a decadently luxe interior.

Other expensive cars have the same array of gear, but the Bentley’s presentation is… well, pure Bentley upper-class.

On the road, if you can get Jeeves out of the driving seat, the Spur really does fly with surprising agility, it’s easy to drive, but parking this big fella is a challenge.

Sedan 6.0 litre V12 turbo petrol engine 460kW, 880Nm
FOR: Thrillingly powerful, rare handcrafted exclusivity.
AGAINST: Costs a lot, not for discreet types.
VERDICT: One of the world’s best luxury saloons.