The Bentley Flying Spur helped to usher in the modern era of ‘affordable’ super luxury sedans and the company is putting the finishing touches on the next-generation model.
Spied undergoing testing on the Nürburgring, the redesigned Flying Spur will follow in the footsteps of the Continental GT which was unveiled last summer. While the prototype is equipped with blocky camouflage, we can see the car will have an evolutionary front fascia with a more prominent grille. The front lighting units carryover from the Continental GT but the Flying Spur has a more conservative lower air intake.
The camouflage attempts to trick viewers into thinking the Flying Spur has edgier bodywork but it is likely hiding a familiar design that is a tad sleeker than before. Out back, we can see two oval exhaust tips and LED brake light rings illuminated from underneath the fake taillights.
The interior will likely echo the Continental GT so we can expect an even more luxurious cabin with higher quality materials and modern technology. Drivers will likely sit behind a new three-spoke steering wheel and find themselves facing a digital instrument cluster. The sedan could also be equipped with the GT’s “rotating display” which is a three-sided unit that rotates to reveal a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a veneered panel and three analogue dials that include a thermometer, a compass and a chronometer.
As before, we can expect an assortment of different options including a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system and 20-way power front seats with heating, ventilation and massage functions. There should also be driver assistance systems such as Active Lane Assist, Park Assist and Traffic Jam Assist.
An assortment of different engines will be available and entry-level models will likely have a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 developing around 542 hp (404 kW) and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque. A 6.0-liter W12 should also be available with approximately 626 hp (467 kW) and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.
Spy photographers have also caught a plug-in hybrid variant and that particular model is slated to have a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. In the Bentayga Hybrid, the powertrain enables the model to travel up to 31 miles (50 km) on electricity alone.