IAB Report – New Bentley Flying Spur, Continental GT V8 showcased in Thailand
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Both cars share drivetrains between them.
At the ongoing 2014 Thailand Motor Expo, British luxury car manufacturer Bentley showcased two of its products: the new Flying Spur premium saloon and the Continental GT V8 coupe.
The Flying Spur is Bentley’s four door luxury saloon that sits below the top-spec Mulsanne in the range. At 5,299 mm long, 2,208 mm wide, and 1488 mm tall, the Flying Spur is positioned to appeal to the one in the driver’s seat as well as the passengers.
There are two engine choices available for the car: a 6-litre twin-turbo W12 engine that makes 616 hp and a massive 800 Nm of torque, can propel the barge from 0 to 96 kmph in just 4.3 seconds; and a smaller, 4-litre twin turbo V8 that makes 500 hp and 660 Nm of torque and can do 0-96 kmph in just 4.9 seconds. Both engines get an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Irrespective of the powertrain choice, the car is offered with an all-wheel drive system. There’s a computer controlled air suspension system that keeps the ride planted and varies spring rates with respect to the road conditions.
Also on display at the Thailand Motor Expo is the Continental GT V8 Coupe. The car positioned as the long-distance Grand Tourer is the sporty, two-door coupe offering from Bentley. Powered by the same engine as the Flying Spur that makes 500 hp and 660 Nm, the Continental GT also gets an all-wheel drive system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Both the Flying Spur V8 and the Continental GT V8 feature intelligent cylinder deactivation tech on the V8 engine, which uses only four of the eight cylinders (hence making it a V4) at cruising speeds, in order to minimize fuel wastage.