The Flying Spur is a ridiculously fast and fabulously appointed luxury limousine with a cachet that few rivals can match.
It's expensive to buy and run, and many rivals do the basics better for a lot less cash.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The Bentley is a big, heavy car, but it's still capable of out-accelerating many supercars thanks to its mighty 4.0 and 6.0-litre engines. Only a light dab of the throttle is required to pass slower moving traffic or get up to motorway speeds. The standard eight-speed automatic gearbox is a great ally for it, too; it slices through gears rapidly.
Ride & Handling
The Flying Spur is surprisingly agile and has huge amounts of grip. Most of the time you feel like you're driving a much smaller car, especially in town and when threading it along narrow roads. Ride quality is dependent on what size wheels you choose, but even on the smallest alloys, the Bentley fidgets around more than a luxury limo should. You feel too much of the road's surface through the steering column, too.
High-speed cruising is one of the main tests for refinement, and the Flying Spur passes it well. It does a fine job of isolating both front and rear occupants from wind and road noise, although there is a bit too much suspension noise on bumpy roads. Even under full throttle, the V8 and W12 engines never lose their polish.