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2015 Bentley Flying Spur

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/9/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur adds a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine option rated at 500 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur is a large luxury sedan with standard all-wheel drive. In addition to the new V-8 engine, the car is also available with a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter W-12 rated at 616 hp and 590 lb-ft. Both engines are paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while fuel economy isn't a strong point at 14/24 mpg city/highway for the V-8 and 12/20 mpg for the W-12.

Overview

Regardless of the engine under the hood, the Bentley Flying Spur accelerates with authority despite its three-ton curb weight. Both the V-8 and W-12 produce plenty of torque to haul the car effortlessly. For a heavy car, the Flying Spur handles decently with direct steering feel, strong brakes, and a well-tuned chassis. The car excels at providing a comfortable ride for its occupants with a suspension setup that's tuned on the softer side for maximum smoothness; however, it does get rough on less than perfect surfaces despite the utilization of an adjustable air suspension.

Interior appointments is where the 2015 Flying Spur shines with plenty of high-quality materials swathed throughout the entire cabin such as two-tone leather, and real metal and wood accents. Tech and convenience features are plenty and include a Naim audio system, navigation, and a rear-seat multimedia system. Back seat space is generous with plenty of room for adults to relax in the luxury of the Flying Spur's hand-made interior.

The 2015 Bentley Flying Spur has not been crash tested by the NHTSA and IIHS.

What We Think

Among ultra-luxury sedans, the 2015 Bentley Flying Spur offers high levels of exclusivity thanks to its lavish interior. In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that the car has an opulent interior thanks to the "avalanche of leather and wood" and touches such as the mini fridge, privacy screens, and fold out tables. The long list of available custom upholsteries and accents means that the Flying Spur's interior is also highly customizable, enabling buyers to personalize the cart to their liking. However, in a 2014 First Test review, we noted that the infotainment system "feels much more antiquated compared to the competition" despite the improvements Bentley made on it. Additionally, the car has some ergonomic flaws, such as the armrests that block the cupholders and paddle shifters that are too far from reach.

You'll Like

  • Strong acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Exquisitely-appointed interior

You Won't Like

  • Gas guzzler
  • Front armrests block cupholders
  • Dated infotainment system

Key Competitors

  • BMW 7 Series
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • Audi A8
  • Rolls-Royce Ghost
  • Maserati Quattroporte

Rating

3 star

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