Paul Jones, product line developer for the Bentley Continental and Flying Spur talked to Lou Ann Hammond, CEO, www.drivingthenation.com about the new 2013 Bentley Flying Spur.
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The new Flying Spur comes with some beautiful technology that has not been seen on a Bentley before, including a new tech suite allowing rear seat passengers to control various in-car systems from a touch-screen remote. Both rear seat passengers can watch the same or separate content from 10-inch LCD screens. The Bentley Connectivity Unit allows portable devices to connect to the cars Wi-Fi hotspot which can then be used to stream content to the screens.
Jones takes us through the new line-up, the Continental, the new flying spur and the Mulsanne.
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Here are the particulars on the new 2013 Bentley Flying Spur, from Bentley:
EIGHT GEARS, SIX LITRES AND FOUR DRIVEN WHEELS
As Bentleys most powerful engine, the 6.0-litre, twin turbocharged, 48-valve W12 is the natural choice to power the fastest ever Bentley four-door. Now delivering 625 PS (616 bhp) at 6,000 rev/min and a staggering 800 Nm (590 lb ft) of torque from only 2000 rev/min, the W12 has recently undergone a complete engine management system upgrade to the latest Bosch ME17 interface. Improved torque management, turbocharger control, driveability and emissions performance all result from the adoption and optimisation of the new system, with a resulting improvement in low speed responsiveness.
Coupled to the W12 is the very latest eight-speed, quick-shift automatic transmission from ZF. All Bentley models now feature this state-of-the-art gearbox. Delivering seamless and imperceptible shifts in under 200 milliseconds, the gearbox is not only designed to handle the mighty torque output of the W12 but also to ensure smooth and refined delivery of power to the wheels. An optimised set of gear ratios keep the engine in it’s most efficient operating range during light loads and cruise, contributing in an overall improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of more than 13 per cent over the outgoing model. The new Flying Spur delivers a combined cycle fuel economy of 19.2 mpg (14.7 litres/100 km), and CO2 emissions of 343 g/km “ impressive figures for a 12-cylinder ultra-luxury, high performance sedan.
The transmission feeds power to all four wheels via Bentleys renowned all-wheel drive system. With a standard torque split of 60 per cent to the rear wheels and 40 per cent to the front, but the ability to vary this division up to 85 per cent to the rear axle or 65 per cent to the front depending on available traction, the Flying Spurs drivetrain ensures optimal grip regardless of prevailing road or weather conditions. The assurance provided by such a sure-footed set-up means that the spirited driver can deploy all of the cars available power and torque in a controlled and dependable manner, in virtually any circumstances.