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New Bentley Flying Spur teaser revealed
Bentley has released a teaser picture of the new 2013 Flying Spur – the four-door equivalent of the Continental GT Coupe and GTC Convertible.
Bentley says the new Flying Spur is aimed at “redefining the standards of the luxury performance sedan”, and that more details will be released on 20 February 2013.
While literally no further information is forthcoming at this stage, judging by developments on the Continental GT line we can fully expect to see a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 model join the existing 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 in the Flying Spur.
The V8 is likely to deliver the same 500hp and 487lb ft of torque in the four-door, with all the latest improvements to the 575hp W12 also carried over to the new Flying Spur. No doubt a higher performance Speed variant will also soon follow.
The main advantages to the V8 in the Continental range are significant increases in efficiency – remarkably, as much as 40% – so it’s not hard to imagine the Flying Spur getting a similar boost.
And since real world performance is barely dented, the V8 has the potential to become a popular choice amongst prestige saloon customers.
Having said that, a revised Flying Spur would also mark a natural opportunity for Bentley to introduce its first diesel model – something that Bentley has been considering on the record since 2011.
Whether we’ll see a Flying Spur diesel straight away remains to be seen, however – it’s possible the firm will want to give the V8 some breathing room first.
As with all such luxury cars, it’s not so much the cost of regular refuelling but the inconvenience coupled with increasingly stringent economy and emissions regulations that’s driving the demand for more economical motors.
Finally, it’s worth noting the 2013 Flying Spur won’t be all-new underneath, but rather a restyled and upgraded version of the current car.
We’re anticipating a smoother, more muscular look, and the possibility of a sportier driving experience – intended to keep the Bentley a distinct step above the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, an all-new version of which is also due this year.
We’ll have more details on February 20, and the new Bentley Flying Spur is set to make its public debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
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