Although the prototype in question has been bathed in camouflage and body cladding, its close link to the Continental GT gives us a good idea of what to expect from a styling perspective. As such, the front end will be much more attractive and adopt a sportier look. If the outgoing Flying Spur was a budding female model in New York, the new car will be supermodel Karlie Kloss.
Beyond its improved looks, significant changes will be present under the skin of the Flying Spur. Most significantly, the four-door will share its underpinnings with the Porsche Panamera, opening up the possibility of electrification and the adoption of autonomous driving systems.
Similarities to the Panamera probably won’t stop at the sedan’s platform. A fleet of engines from the Panamera family are expected, including plug-in hybrid and diesel variants. Range-topping models should retain Bentley’s familiar 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12, perhaps with small horsepower and torque outputs.
Handling should also be greatly improved over the current car thanks to Porsche’s input. All in all, the new Flying Spur should be a more well-rounded car.
A launch towards the end of this year or in early 2019 seems probable.
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