Bentley Flying Spur teased – Autoblog

Bentley Flying Spur teased - Autoblog

Playing the long game before unveiling the new Flying Spur, Bentley’s published the second teaser for the new “luxury grand touring sedan.” The last one homed in on the retracting “Flying B hood” ornament. This one focuses on what Bentley says is “an automotive world-first,” three-dimensional textured leather lining the cabin. Created by Crewe’s craftsmen and demonstrated on the door panel, the leather adopts a diamond-quilted pattern, but without stitches indicative of quilting. Up close, it looks like the leather simply adheres to a complex relief form.

That’s trick we expect to be one of many that will supposedly “set new standards for contemporary craftsmanship.” The coming third-generation Flying Spur will want to come out of the gate with just such goals. When the first generation arrived in 2005, it became the Toyota Camry for rich people. The second generation — which still rides on that original platform — blanched in the heat of competition from Bentley’s own lineup, on top of competition from the Mercedes-Maybach below and cross-country rival Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The new model is all new, from the MSB platform shared with the new Continental GT and Porsche Panamera, to a design that will put more separation between the two-door Continental and the four-door Flying Spur. Expect the 6.0-liter W12 with 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque as the marquee engine, and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 542 hp and 568 lb-ft as the economical choice. Eventual V8 S and Speed models will wring more grunt from those two engines. A plug-in hybrid will debut some point, based around a 2.9-liter V6.

We don’t know when the debut will happen, perhaps as soon as Pebble Beach in August, or as late as the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, or the Frankfurt Motor Show in between. If you’re keen on keeping up in the meantime, you can “register your interest” at NewFlyingSpur.com. As others have noted, the honorifics in the dropdown list at the site include “Lord” and “Sheikh,” because titles matter even more at $200,000 before options.


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