The performance is as massive as the pricetag, and the Bentley Continental is as classy and as comfortable as you'd expect for this sort of money.
The running costs are cripplingly expensive - but you would expect that, too.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Bentley Continental Saloon performance
The Flying Spur shares the Continental GT coupe's twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre W12 engine, producing a brawny 552bhp, while the Speed has 600bhp, making it the first 200mph Bentley saloon. Performance is quick enough to scare supercars. At all speeds, crushing overtaking ability is on tap, but it always feels relaxed and easy to drive.
Bentley Continental Saloon ride & handling
Four-wheel drive helps the Flying Spur get all this power to the road cleanly, and the standard air suspension has four settings so you can change the balance between comfort and control. The result is a car that defies its size while providing the limo ride you expect on smooth roads; it's a little fidgety on patchy surfaces.
Bentley Continental Saloon refinement
The big engine is almost silent at a steady cruise, and emits an appealing burble whenever you prod the throttle. However, the delivery can be rather jerky around town. The ride is quiet, while acoustic glazing means you're untroubled by the outside world. Pity there's so much road noise on concrete surfaces.