Wednesday, December 19th, 2012...5:30 am

Review: 2013 Continental Flying Spur by Bentley

While we see regulars cars get regular updates, the practice at the other end of line is quite different. The top brands really do not have to have regular updates but keep a tradition of craftsmanship. A good example of this is the 2013 Continental Flying Spur by Bentley. It was last redesigned seven years ago and the latest version does not look much different.

Although it does not sport a totally refreshed look, the car is still very desirable to date. This can be attributed to the Bentley brand and timeless elements like the iconic grille, upright fenders, and high roofline. Of course, do not forget the uber luxurious interior. From whatever perspective you look at the car, it embodies success.

2013-Bentley-Continental-Flying-SpurEvery car that rolls out of the Bentley factory must meet certain standards in terms of performance. The Continental Flying Spur is not all about its opulence but it also carries a potent 6.0L twin-turbocharged W-12 powerplant that can give out 552 horsepower and has a monstrous torque of 479 lb-ft. The powerful engine is linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox. The 2013 Continental FlyingSpur can go from 0 to 60 miles an hour in less than 5 seconds and can go as fast as 194 mph.

If in case that is too slow for you, you can go for the Flying Spur Speed variant that comes with 600 horses and a torque of 554 lb-ft. Do the math and that can go 0-60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and go to its top speed of 200 mph.

While awesome is the word to describe the performance of the Continental Flying Spur, remember that it is not its focus. Lavishness of the interior and ride comfort is its top priorities. Those who can afford will be treated to supple leather, wood trims, and a whole dose of wow factors. The ride has no issues when it comes to headrooms and legrooms. The craftsmanship is quite impeccable.

We can list down the standard features but what is more important to know is that no one buys a Bentley without all the customizations. The brand offers a staggering list of options for the paint, interior, and all of the smallest details possible. So imagine that the buying process will be quite time consuming.

There are no crash tests yet done with the 2013 model of the Continental Flying Spur but Bentley has equipped it with airbags, active headrests, and stability control.

A new Continental Flying Spur is set to be unwrapped by 2014. That model will feature updated design and a new range of drivetrains.

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