When someone mentions “luxury four- door grand tourer”, one of the first cars that will pop up in our minds is none other than the Bentley Flying Spur, a model that is well known among the high and almighty even in Malaysia.
Crafted at Bentley’s carbon neutral factory, which is a first of its kind as far as luxury car manufacturers are concerned, the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 is actually assembled by hand, and takes about 100 hours each car across 84 stages.
At the heart of the car is Bentley’s 4.0-litre, twin turbocharged V8 engine, producing a peak power of 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque.
Thanks to the powertrain, the new Bentley Flying Spur is able to do the century sprint in 4.0 seconds, naught to 160 km/h in 8.8 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 318 km/h.
To maximise fuel economy, the V8 can even shut down four of its eight cylinders under light-load conditions, when torque demand is below 235 Nm and engine speed is below 3000 rpm.
Compared to the W12 version, the Flying Spur V8 is 100 kg lighter than, making the vehicle feel more agile and responsive with a distinctive personality of its own. The new model includes the latest powertrain and chassis advancements; Adaptive Air Suspension, Torque Vectoring by Brake, Drive Dynamics Control, and Electric Steering, all of which are standard features.
Furthermore, customers can add Bentley’s pioneering 48V electric active anti-roll technology (Bentley Dynamic Ride), and also the Electronic All-Wheel Steering for even greater agility.
Available in four-seat or five-seat configurations, the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 comes with numerous intelligent and intuitive equipment and technology tailored to the driver and passengers such as the industry-first Bentley Rotating Display, photorealistic landscapes through Satellite maps, and advance warning of changing road or traffic conditions via the Local hazard information service, just to name a few.
Other equipment include the Rear Seat Entertainment tablets, audio options up to the industry-leading Naim for Bentley system and an onboard two-bottle drinks cooler. The new refrigerated bottle cooler can be found between the rear seats behind the centre armrest.
With two levels of cooling from +6°C to -6°C and the ability to accommodate six 330ml soft drinks, four 500ml bottles or two full sized (750ml) champagne bottles, the cooler can be stocked to suit any journey.
A completely new design means that the cooler is packaged into a much smaller space than the previous generation Flying Spur, meaning less intrusion into the vast 420 litre boot space.
In the rear cabin customers can also specify a four seat configuration benefiting from a long, through-console extending from the front console to the rear. The four-seat configuration makes the ultimate statement in design, comfort and luxury.
The console includes a new housing for the 5” touchscreen remote, twin cupholders, extra stowage and the option of a wireless charging point. The rear armrest includes a bright metal finisher and hides two USB ports and a 12v power socket.
Electrically operated picnic tables mounted in the rear of the front seat can be deployed with a single press of a button. The veneer covered table lowers, levels electrically and reveals a leather trimmed surface with a recess for a pen or stylus. Holding the button down the table elegantly returns to its home position.
That said, ordering is now open for the new Bentley Flying Spur V8 globally, as first cars leave Crewe for their new owners.
After “handcrafting” and selling more than 20,000 units, Bentley has announced the introduction of the new Bentayga, which now comes with a fresh design, the latest on-board technology, and an even more cosseting cabin.
Inspired by the brand’s new design language that was introduced in the third-generation Continental GT and all-new Flying Spur, the Bentayga now comes with a more upright, larger, assertive matrix grille.
Also new is the intelligent LED matrix headlamp technology includes the signature Bentley design inspired by cut crystal glassware, a more aggressive front bumper, and heated, wet-arm windscreen wipers introduced for the first time, with 22 washer jets in each arm.
At the rear, the new Bentayga has undergone a major transformation, with a total redesign of the rear surfaces including a new full-width tailgate with new encapsulated lamps, while the licence plate has been moved down into the bumper for a cleaner appearance. The rear track width has also grown by 20 mm.
Inside, among the major changes include a new centre fascia and steering wheel, new door trims and all-new seats – now available with ventilation in the rear of the five-seat cabin option.
Passengers in the rear also enjoy significantly more space, with legroom increased by up to 100 mm depending on configuration.
A next generation infotainment system is integrated seamlessly into the handcrafted, Bentley ‘wing’ dashboard design and features a 10.9-inch display screen with edge-to-edge graphics.
The latest hardware and software bring all-new navigation with satellite maps, online search and other features. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard for the first time, alongside the existing wired system, along with Android Auto (market dependant).
Rear seat occupants benefit from the introduction of a new, larger touchscreen remote control tablet, similar to that introduced in the all-new Flying Spur.
Connectivity around the car has been significantly improved as well, with USB-C data ports and a wireless phone charger now standard. The new Bentayga is now provided with an embedded SIM, as with the latest Continental GT models, meaning My Bentley connected car features no longer require customers to provide their own data connection.
My Bentley in-car and remote services are also a continually developing range of services available to customers through a dedicated app, available both on Apple iOS and Android mobile platforms.
The luxurious interior can be further enhanced with the application of dark tint diamond brushed aluminium trim for the first time in a Bentley, as well as two straight-grained veneers new to Bentayga: Koa and Crown Cut Walnut.
Mulliner Driving Specification adds a new quilting design, and micro piping detailing is a new option for the seats.
According to Bentley, the new Bentayga will initially be launched in a V8 guise offering supercar performance balanced with everyday usability, with the plug-in Hybrid and W12-powered Speed versions to follow this year. The V8’s 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol engine develops an impressive 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque.
Bentley Kuala Lumpur has discreetly taken the wraps off the new Continental GT V8 a couple of days ago, a year after the Continental GT W12 “big brother” made its way into the Malaysian market.
Powered by a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 engine producing 550 PS and 770 Nm of torque, the new Continental GT V8 is capable of doing the century sprint in 4.0 seconds flat, and hitting a top speed of 318 km/h. Paired to the engine is an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Just to put things into perspective, the Continental GT W12 which makes 635 PS and 900 Nm of torque, is able to sprint from zero to 100 0.3 seconds quicker, while clocking a top speed of 333 km/h.
Further complementing the Continental GT V8’s powertrain package are features like the Bentley Drive Dynamics Selector, hollow lightweight roll-bars, a Dynamic Ride System, air suspension, an Active AWD system, and Continuous Damping Control.
Driver Assistance features include Active Lane Assist, Park Assist, and Traffic Jam Assist.
Featuring a more muscular exterior design than before, the new Bentley Continental GT V8 comes with goodies such as 20- to 22-inch alloy wheels, quad exhausts, 7 body colours, LED Matrix cut-crystal headlights, as well as subtle V8 badging.
Customers who want the car to look even sportier can opt for the Blackline Specification where all chrome and shiny bits, trims, and accents are blacked out, except for the Bentley badges and the rear lettering.
Inside, the Continental GT V8 features some high quality leather, sustainably sourced veneers, 20-way adjustable leather seats, a Crown Cut Walnut dashboard, a 650-watt, 10-speaker audio system, and the coolest of them all – the three-sided 12.3-inch touch-screen Bentley Rotating Display.
In case you’re wondering how much it will cost to get your hands on this beauty, prices start at RM795,000 before duties and taxes.