Bentley Flying Spur: A Luxurious Land Yacht That Can Actually Make You Seasick


You may no longer to be able to buy a Mulsanne from Bentley, as it was retired, along with the iconic 6.75-liter V8, but you could get something that’s probably just as good: the new Flying Spur, which starts at £170K ($215,150) in the UK.

Sitting at the top of the range as the company’s new flagship sedan, it’s based on the same platform as the Continental GT and Porsche Panamera. Yet make no mistake, it doesn’t feel anything like its German cousin because the crew from Crewe has refined every aspect to the point where they have created a true Bentley.

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Now, the company makes some very bold claims when it comes to the Flying Spur, stating that it offers unmatched levels of comfort. Rolls-Royce might beg to differ, but we’re not here to bash the Flying Spur, but to see if there’s anything behind those statements – and in short, yes, there is.

Look beyond the unique and imposing exterior and a cabin bathed in the finest materials and adorned with state-of-the-art technology and you will find some very clever bits. The 48-volt active anti-roll bars that truly provide a magic carpet ride, and there’s rear-wheel steering, active all-wheel drive, and a few other gizmos that, when mixed together, trick your expectations. This creates a seasickness-like feeling for some, and while that sounds like a downside, it’s really a compliment to Bentley for creating a true land yacht.

These were all Rory Reid’s comments after he drove the Flying Spur, but they were definitely not the only ones. The journo covered pretty much every aspect of the sedan, from the 626 HP 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 that lets it hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.8 seconds and a 207 mph (333 km/h) top speed, to the extremely refined 8-speed automatic transmission, removable tablets, fridge hidden behind the rear center armrest, seats and so on. He also subjected it to two tests, involving a lot of eggs and a coin, and you’re one mouse-click away from finding out what that was all about.