If you live in Israel, Norway, Switzerland, Turkey or Ukraine, and let’s face it, millions of Motormouth readers do, I’ve got bad news …
You won’t be able to order this, the new Bentley Flying Spur, until around next December.
It’s so unfair. In Britain it goes up for ordering in the autumn and should be sitting on your drive, sorry, outside your vast mansion, sometime early in 2020.
It should certainly make an impression because Bentley have made it even quicker than the tired old “luxury four-door Grand Tourer” (their description) it replaces.
Bentley have used a biblical Press release of antilegomena (look it up) proportions to describe the new Flying Spur but haven’t mentioned the price, which will be inconsequential to those who can afford it.
Nor have they mentioned how many miles to the gallon owners can expect, which is far from inconsequential to chauffeurs.
The current car averages 19mpg but the new car should be better, and drivers won’t want to be sacked for stranding their boss on the hard shoulder of a so-called “smart” motorway when they run out of petrol.
Oh no, wait a minute, there’s no hard shoulder on a “smart” motorway. Sorry, I should have said: Leaving them at the mercy of a six-axle 44-tonne truck doing 56mph on the inside lane.
The new Flying Spur uses the same 6.0-litre twin turbo W12 engine that powers the current car, but Bentley have beefed it up from 625hp and 800Nm (580lb) of torque to a considerably superior 635hp and 900Nm (664lb).
It’s the extra torque that makes the difference and that shot in the arm means the Flying Spur really does live up to its name.
The addition of rear wheel steer makes it “more stable during high speed manoeuvres,” say Bentley, and “high speed” is a distinct probability.
The Flying Spur covers 0-62mph in 3.8s on its way to a top speed of 207mph, while those penniless paupers left to drive its predecessor will have to make do with figures of 4.4s and 200mph.
At 13cm (5in) longer, the new Flying Spur is a massive 19ft 5in in length and, even empty, it still weighs 2,437kg.
Created from the ground up on a completely new platform it’s a combination of modern technology and hand made wood and leather craftsmanship that, with all the extras, could take its price to way beyond the reach of mere millionaires.
So how much will it cost? The current car starts at £154,900 so expect the new one to be close to £160,000 when it rolls off the production line … in front of 4,000 rightfully proud workers at the factory where it’s made in Crewe.