Bentley Flying Spur review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Performance & drive

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  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 front right tracking
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 rear cornering
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 interior dashboard
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 rear seats
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 interior infotainment
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 front tracking
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 rear tracking
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 right static
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 badge detail
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 exhaust detail
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 interior driving seat
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 interior detail
  • Bentley Flying Spur 2021 interior dashboard dials
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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

The range-topping Flying Spur is fitted with a 6.0-litre W12 engine, pumping out 626bhp and driving all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. That combination makes the car effortlessly fast in a straight line and, if you really plant your right foot down, 0-60mph can be taken care of in just 3.7 seconds.

Given that most Bentley buyers are not exactly strapped for cash, we wouldn't try to talk you out of the W12 if you have your heart set on it. The 542bhp V8-powered version is cheaper and still indecently quick, though – 0-60mph takes 4.0sec. What's more, it also sounds sweeter than the W12 engine (to our ears, anyway), so it's the engine we would go for.

The steering is smooth and consistent, and there’s huge traction and grip, but don’t expect the Flying Spur to feel especially nimble. While four-wheel steering helps with low-speed manoeuvres, if you ask the car to change direction in a hurry it has a tendency to lean in a similar fashion to a large SUV.

The engine runs at just above tick-over at motorway speeds, while the double-glazed side windows block wind noise fairly effectively. Unfortunately, the wide tyres generate quite a bit of road noise over grainier surfaces, so cheaper alternatives such as the A8 and S-Class are still quieter overall.

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New car deals
Target Price from £162,620
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From £88,490