Nice test drive report here of the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed. Enjoy!
Yes, the Bentley’s sheer, um, speed is astonishing. And there’s nothing wrong with its acceleration, either. The 0-60 mph sprint is dispatched in just 4.2 sec., and the quarter-mile in 12.9 sec. at 106.7 mph. Pretty impressive for a sedan weighing a stout 5482 lb. Part of the reason is the herculean W-12 under that stubby hood. Nailing the gas is like opening the floodgates of the Hoover dam; you surf an irresistible surge of thrust as the CFS lunges for the far horizon. But the Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system — unique among super-luxury sedans — also makes sure every last one of the CFS Speed’s 600 horses and 553 lb.-ft. of torque gets to the pavement.
But what’s really impressive about this car is its chassis. Like their counterparts at Porsche, Bentley’s chassis engineers seem determined to build a car that defies the laws of physics. The CFS Speed grips and steers and punches through turns almost like a sport sedan. True, it works its front tires very hard, and the AWD layout robs the steering of some clarity, but after an exhilaratingly fast run along a canyon road you get out of the CFS Speed shaking your head and grinning like a loon at the sheer implausibility of what you’ve just done. No car this big, this heavy, this luxurious should be this good in the twisties.