Driven: Bentley's high-speed limousine

  • Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed
  • Spacious and quick
  • Lacks refinement on patchy roads
Price from £133,300
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You’ll like Speed; space; style
You won’t Refinement on patchy roads

You demand the best. Everything you touch, eat and drink has to be the finest money can buy. It’s the same with your limousine. You expect luxury, refinement, comfort, performance and style. Compromise doesn’t get a look in. Enter the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed – the faster, sportier Flying Spur for those who like to split their time between driving and being chauffeured.

The keen driver in you will appreciate the Speed’s retuned steering and lower, uprated suspension, all of which makes controlling this behemoth more rewarding. Power is up from a piffling 552bhp to a much more agreeable 600. Performance is suitably monstrous: it’s like driving a jet-propelled Chesterfield armchair.

It doesn’t feel unwieldy, though. The controls are ideally weighted and car seems to shrink around you, so you won’t feel daunted when the road turns interesting.

Once it’s time to relax, you can switch the adjustable suspension into the most comfortable of its four settings and cruise along serenely, untroubled by the outside world.

Or rather you can, so long as you’re on a smooth surface. You see, the ride is generally sumptuous, but it’s slightly fidgety on patchy roads, while concrete surfaces kick up a most unbecoming din.

In the cabin
Still, you’ll be able to console yourself in the huge cabin, which is swathed in the finest wood and leather. Shame the effect is somewhat spoiled by the plasticky buttons on the centre console. The central screen looks old-fashioned, too.

You’ll need an extra £15,800 for the Speed over the standard Flying Spur, but then that won’t be a problem when you’re spending over £100k. As for running costs, if you have to consider them, you can’t afford them.

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