2019 Bentley Flying Spur is Moving Away From the Continental GT

2019 Bentley Flying Spur review

It has been an eternity since we heard something new about the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur. It is like everything just stopped after May, 2018. Chatter completely went silent. It is an odd course of events because we are in the middle of this year and why are they not bragging about their new product if they already have a working model? And they did show their 2019 Bentley Flying Spur in February and May of this year.

2019 Bentley Flying Spur Release Date and Price

Even though this model, the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur went through some serious testing earlier this year, we don’t have an official release date. However, you should expect the 2019 Flying Spur to come out in 2019 right after the release of the Continental GT Convertible. And the Flying Spur’s price? Well, the 2018 Bentley Flying Spur’s starting MSRP was around $244,500…

2019 Bentley Flying Spur rear

Why is Bentley So Expensive?

2019 Bentley Flying Spur is actually the continuation of a tradition, the second Bentley manufactured since Volkswagen bought the brand in 1999. The first model was Continental GT and the Flying Spur is practically the same car but with a stretched wheelbase and a greater length. It had a prefix “Continental” until the 12 February 2013. That was the day when Bentley Motors announced the redesign. And although Bentley is best known as a luxurious car its entire ancestry is closely tied with racing. Bentley actually began with racing cars. That is why Bentley Flying Spur reaches 200mph without breaking a sweat. Its power lies in an extremely powerful 600hp engine. So, you can say that it is a luxury car with a soul of an athlete.

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What are the Main Changes in 2019 Bentley Flying Spur Exterior?

The main change on the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur exterior is going to be its first real attempt to shift away from the Continental GT. The two models are going to be closely related under the hood, however, Bentley wants a true rival to Rolls-Royce Ghost and Mercedes-Maybach S600. You had an opportunity to see that on two separate occasions on spy shots. The first series of shots were made in February 2018, somewhere in Sweden. You could see that raw version of 2019 Bentley Flying Spur wearing a heavy camouflage. One of the worst looking camouflages that I have ever seen – two layered camouflage. The model was escorted throughout that cold-weather testing by a diesel-powered Bentley Bentayga.

The headlights have a larger inner and a smaller outer light which is a total opposite to the current design. Taillights are no longer going around the sides and the license space now goes from the trunk to the bumper. Taillights are also a bit taller than on the current model.

The second time we saw the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur prototype was this May at the Nürburgring. That circle has always been a perfect place to “unveil” some of the best-kept secrets of the motor world.

2019 Bentley Flying Spur right side

2019 Bentley Flying Spur Engine Specs

According to some of our sources, the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur prototype that was going around the Nürburgring had the Volkswagen Group’s new Bi-Turbo 6.0 liter W12 engine that offers 626 hp and 664 pound-feet of torque. That engine is also present in the Continental GT, the new Audi A8 W12 and the Bentayga we already saw in February driving around Sweden with the Flying Spur.

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The full range of engines is expected to be revealed closer to the release date. However, we expect Bentley’s 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 and W12 petrol engines that are probably going to be offered together with a plug-in hybrid version of their V6. Bentley is not going to offer any diesel versions. A hybrid and a fully electric version are a logical step forward in order to boost their sales in China and Europe.

2019 Bentley Flying Spur exterior
Bentley Flying Spur test, spy shots. Images from Topspeed.com

2019 Bentley Flying Spur is Going To Take Some Cues From Porsche

The new 2019 Bentley Flying Spur is going to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform which was design for large, rear and AWD cars with front mounted engines. That platform was created by Porsche and it uses a lot of aluminum and high-strength steel in order to cut some weight and improve the overall strength of the entire chassis.

Until we get something new and refreshing about the 2019 Bentley Flying Spur, we can enjoy in its testing runs around the Nürburgring.

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