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2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Specifications
Drivetrain
LayoutFront Engine, AWD
Transmission6 Speed Automatic
Engine
Displacement5998 cc
Horsepower552 hp @ 6100 rpm
Torque479 lb-ft. @ 1600 rpm
Compression Ratio9.0:1
Exterior
Curb Weight2440 kg
Length208.27 in.
Width83.39 in.
Height58.07 in.
Wheelbase120.67 in.
Performance
Top Speed194 mph
0-60 mph4.9 seconds
Fuel Economy10 mpg city/ 17 mpg highway (EPA Cycle)
Base Price: 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur - $170,990

2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur - A 200 mph Luxury Condo on Wheels


The Bentley Continental Flying Spur, with its 552 horsepower V12 engine and interior good enough for even the most discerning millionaire, has been unveiled in production trim at the British International Motor Show. The Continental Flying Spur, with a 197 mph top speed and driver's seat lumbar massage--hopefully not at the same time--is Bentley's ultimate manifestation of the luxury car ideal that nothing is too good for the wealthy.

Both Flying Spur models, these being the "standard" Flying Spur and the even more expensive Continental Flying Spur Speed, are equipped with a turbocharged 6.0 Liter 12 cylinder engine, good enough to push this tank of a luxury car near 200 mph.

The Flying Spur receives only minor changes since the 2008 model, but this British luxury halo car wasn't broken to begin with. The most prevalent changes come by way of the restyled front and rear bumpers, which borrow from the sports car styling made popular on Continental GT Speed models.

As detailed below, Bentley has revamped the cruise control system, dubbed "Adapative Cruise Control." Other luxury car makers have tried systems such as this, but they have yet to see broad acceptance among luxury car consumers. The Bentley system used on the Continental Flying Spur promises to use acceleration and braking, as well as modifying engine management, with the goal of maintaining the desired "time gap" between the Flying Spur driver and the car ahead.

Seems sound enough, but driving a Flying Spur with Adaptive Cruise Control combined with driver's seat lumbar massages could turn deadly.

Read on for all the official info, direct from Bentley...





2009 CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR AND CONTINENTAL FLYING SPUR SPEED TO MAKE DEBUTS AT BRITISH INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW

[Courtesy Bentley Motors Press Release]

17 July, 2008 Crewe. 8 July 2008 The 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Continental Flying Spur Speed will make their official international motor show debuts at ExCel (London) later this month.

"We are delighted that the next chapter of the Flying Spur success story will begin in our home market and at the British International Motor Show, notably as our British customers have played a key part in making this Bentley the most sought-after 12-cylinder luxury saloon in the world," comments Stuart McCullough, Member of the Board for Sales and Marketing.

With its combination of exhilarating performance, luxury, craftsmanship and four-door practicality the 12-cylinder Continental Flying Spur has been at the forefront of Bentley's revitalisation since its launch in 2005 and the range is now refined and expanded with two highly distinctive models.

The instantly recognisable style of the Flying Spur undergoes a subtle evolution with changes to the front and rear design. The new, more upright grille and bolder lower air intake accentuate the distinctive Bentley profile, while a new rear bumper delivers a sleeker and more aggressive appearance.

The 552bhp Continental Flying Spur offers enhanced levels of comfort and choice. A comprehensive range of noise-absorbent measures including acoustic glazing ensure that cabin refinement, already a hallmark of the Continental Flying Spur, is best in class.

Bentley's famous commitment to the highest quality of craftsmanship and customer personalisation is highlighted with an enhanced choice of beautifully crafted marquetry and chrome inlays. In addition, seat piping, a traditional Bentley feature, has also been introduced with two new hide colours.

Joining the Continental Flying Spur in London is the 600bhp Flying Spur Speed which unleashes the potent performance and intense levels of driver engagement of its highly acclaimed stablemate, the Continental GT Speed.

Inspired by Bentley's legendary 'Speed' models that first appeared in 1923, the Flying Spur Speed offers a range of headline performance figures including a 0-60mph sprint time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 200mph.

The Flying Spur Speed is distinguished by unique design cues which underline its performance credentials, including dark-tinted radiator and air intake grilles, wider rifled exhaust tail pipes and unique 20-inch multi-spoke alloys.

Both Continental Flying Spur models can now be specified with Bentley Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). The ACC uses a long-range radar sensor, mounted in the lower front grille, to monitor the road ahead for other vehicles. When a slower moving vehicle is detected, the system automatically adjusts braking and acceleration to maintain a 'time gap', as selected by the driver.

The 'time gap' also controls the vehicle dynamic response. The larger the time gap the more relaxed the acceleration and braking, allowing the driver to tune the ACC system to suit their preferred driving style or to the prevailing traffic conditions.

Bentley Motors will also highlight its unique partnership with the renowned British hi-fi manufacturer, Naim. Designed exclusively for Bentley and available as a further option for both the Continental Flying Spur and Flying Spur Speed, the Naim system features an 1100 Watt amplifier (the most powerful in a production car) and 15 custom-built speakers. A next-generation Digital Signal Processor further enhances the listening experience. The Naim system will also be available on all Bentley models from August 2008 onwards.

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