The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is that rare car that combines the luxury and space of a limousine with the out-and-out performance of a sports car.
It is based on the company’s successful Continental GT, but whereas that car was a two-door coupé, the Flying Spur is a four-door saloon. Despite the less sporty looks and the fact that at 2.4 tons it weighs about 275lb more, its performance figures are virtually identical to the GT. Its 0-60mph time is less than 5sec, and it has a top speed close to 200mph.
When it was launched in Britain in March 2005, its list price of £115,000 meant the Flying Spur occupied a small niche in the market, since it cost more than a top-end BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz but significantly less than a Rolls-Royce Phantom or Maybach. It was a risk that paid off: the Flying Spur was an instant hit and global demand quickly outstripped supply.
Three years on and the Bentley has held its value well with early examples still commanding in excess of £80,000. One of the reasons for this is the now legendary W12 engine, complete with twin turbochargers, that produces more than 550bhp and enough torque to tow a small mountain.
Source: Times Online