2021 Bentley Flying Spur

MSRP $214,600 - $259,335

Ranked #8 in Sedan

7.9

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2021 Bentley Flying Spur Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 13, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Getting a complete redesign for the 2020 model year, the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur remains mostly similar to the 2020 model. It comes in two trims, one which lets the owner enjoy the ride with all the ultra-luxury appointments, as well as a potent V8 engine.

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Pros

Rich and plush exterior design

Power-packed engine options

Excellent ride quality

Endless customization options

One of the most luxurious cabins in the segment

Cons

Low fuel-efficiency of the W12

Such an expensive price, still no Android Auto

Some active safety features are not standard, which is really disappointing

What's New?

There are not many chances for the 2021 model year, as Flying Spur saw a major redesign for the 2020 model and has been carried forward

However a new Chief option that replaces the rear bench seats with two-bucket seats and a fixed rear console, and a few extra options for the interior trims


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$214600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

202 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

363 cu.in.

horsepower

626 hp

torque

664 lb.-ft.. @ 1350 rpm

transmission

8 speed Dual Clutch Automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

16.5/15 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

125.8 in.

length

209.3 in.

width

77.9 in.

height

58.4 in.

curb weight

5372 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

12 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.7 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.7 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$214,600 onwards

First Edition$259,335 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Bentley Flying Spur in Aspen White Pearl color
Aspen White Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Pricing and Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

5.7

Interior

9.1

Exterior

8.8

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


For a more enthusiastic driving experience, there is a turbocharged W12 motor that offers more power but retains the smooth and comfortable ride and comes with some more features. Despite the two engine choices, the Flying Spur is a land yacht and offers superior levels of comfort and luxuries at a hefty price tag.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan front view
2021 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan rear view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.7/10
Fuel Economy

9.1/10
Interior

8.8/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2021 Bentley Flying Spur Features

The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur comes in just one trim along with two engine options. There are however a few optional packages that take the luxury appointments one step further and equip the Flying Spur with all sorts of features like welcome lamps, interior mood lighting, and a lot more features. Disappointingly though with such a hefty price tag, Android Auto is missing from the infotainment system.

Trim

Flying Spur

MSRP (RWD)

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

$196,000

Key Features

24-way power-adjustable front seats

 

14-way power-adjustable rear seats

 

Four-zone climate control

 

Moonroof

 

Adaptive cruise control

 

10-speaker premium sound system

 

21-inch Twin-spoke painted alloy wheels

Which trim should you buy?

There are no options to choose from in terms of trim level, so you will have to make do with the only available mode. The only major choice you have is between the engines. For an extra 50 grand, you can get the First edition package which comes with special badging, an Illuminated sill and treadplate, a sunroof with twin blinds, Bentley rotating display, and deep pile overmats among other features. 

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur is a big car and feels more like a luxurious road yacht, but it is almost as quicks as a sports sedan in a straight line even with all those heft at play. The W12 engine catapults the Bentley to 60 MPH in just 3.5 seconds and can leave some popular sports cars to dust. The W12 engine dishes out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to push the occupants to the back of their seats when you press the gas pedal to the floor.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan engine bay

Power is distributed to all four wheels thanks to the standard AWD system. The engine is married to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox which allows for quick acceleration and does a pretty good job of shifting through gears smoothly and selects and keeps the car in the car in the right gear most of the time. The powertrain might be audible slightly from the outside but there is almost negligible sound inside the cabin. 

Models

2021 Bentley Flying Spur

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580

MSRP

$216,700

$311,900

$185,950

Engine

6.0L Twin-Turbo W12

6.6L Twin-Turbo V12

4.0L Bi-Turbo V8

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Power

626 hp @ 6,000 RPM

563 hp @ 5,250 RPM

496 hp @ 5,250 RPM

Torque

664 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

605 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

516 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.7

4.8 

4.7 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.7

12.7

13.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

207

155

205

The Bentley Flying Spur and the Rolls Royce Ghost both have a 12 cylinder engine, while the Mercedes Maybach has to make do with a V8 engine, but a V12 S 680 model with the same AWD system is set to join the lineup for the 2022 model year. In comparison, Bentley has better 0-60 times and more power than both the other cars as of now. 

How well does the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur handle?

The ride quality of the Bentley Flying Spur truly justifies the “Flying” term with a gliding effect while cruising courtesy of the adaptive air suspension system. But, around the track, the sedan is surprisingly athletic and can take corners quite well which is impressive for a full-size and hefty luxury sedan. You also get four driving modes in the W12 model: Sportustom, Bentley, and Comfort. 

The AWD system is rear-biased, meaning it sends power to the front wheel when needed, or when the system detects loss of traction or a slip and as standard, it sends power to the rear wheels. The W12 Flying Spur will take you to your desired location, quickly and most stylishly and comfortably. 

Braking Performance

The brakes of the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur are as big as the car, figuratively speaking. It comes with 16.5-inch rotors at the front and 15-inch rotors at the rear. It has disc brakes all around with all the electronic safety systems, although they are not enough to make the car stop quickly so the driver needs to be alert at all times. 

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan brake rotor

Models

2021 Bentley Flying Spur

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

16.5

16.1

15.4

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

15

15.8

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,372

5,445

5,181

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

107

114

The Rolls Royce Ghost has the biggest brakes but also weighs more than the Bentley and the Maybach. The bigger brakes however allow the Ghost to come to a halt before the lightest car among them, Mercedes-Maybach S 580. The stopping distance for the Flying Spur is not yet available but considering the brake size and weight, it would stand somewhere around the Mercedes. 

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Fuel Economy

5.7/10

When you buy such an expensive car, you're surely not someone who would worry about the gas prices or fuel efficiency of a car, but then if you want to check how good the Flying Spur performs in terms of fuel efficiency, this is not as impressive as the other sectors. 

It takes up a lot of fuel for that, according to the EPA the W12 returns 12/19/15 MPG in city/highway/combined cycles. If you often do long trips, then V8 would be a better choice as it offers slightly better figures. It comes with a 23.8-gallon fuel tank, which would make you stop for fuel around the 350-mile mark. 

Models

2021 Bentley Flying Spur

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580

MPG (City)

12

12

16

MPG (Highway)

19

18

25

MPG (Combined)

15

14

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

23.8

21.8

21.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

286/452/357

262/392/305

338/528/401

The V8 in the Mercedes offers better fuel economy, but then it is the smaller engine. When the V12 model comes out, a better comparison would be done, and we could see how well it fares. Bentley offers better economy than the Rolls Royce Ghost, and also has a bigger fuel tank which allows for fewer fuel stops. 

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Interior

9.1/10

Luxury, comfort, and space are the three defining factors of a Bentley vehicle. The 2021 Flying Spur sits at top of that, it is the ultra-luxury sedan from the automaker, and only a few cars are available in the class all of which offer various sorts of features, luxury appointments, and interior materials to choose from and Bentley is no exception. It comes with a power-adjustable function for almost everything inside, but what makes the Flying Spur slightly different from the German rivals is the extremely silent cabin. 

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan cockpit area

It separates the cabin and the occupants from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. You are in your own world when you get in the car, the hand-stitched leather, wood inserts, and the silent cabin would just make you feel relaxed the moment you step inside the cabin.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan front seats

Models

2021 Bentley Flying Spur

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.1/61.6/41.6

40.6/59.4/41.7

42.3/59.7/41.4

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38/60.4/42.4

39/55.8/45.3

37.9/58.7/40

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

14.8

17.3

12.3

There is no lack of space inside these cars, the Rolls Royce Ghost offers the best rear legroom, and headroom and also offers better space upfront than the Bentley with a bigger trunk which makes it a clear winner in this section. The Maybach is not far behind the competition with its extravagant cabin and supple ride quality along with a plethora of interior features.

Some interior features include:

  • 14-way power-adjustable rear seat
  • 24-way power-adjustable front seats
  • The wooden veneer on the dashboard
  • Leather-trimmed dashboard
  • Heated Rear Seats 
  • Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration

What’s there to keep you entertained?

Bentley has carried forward the old school interior which comes with wood inserts giving a traditional feel, so you might wonder it would have a lack of modern tech, well that is not the case. The infotainment system comes with a 12.3-inch screen that you can hide by the press of a button to display three dials or a veneered panel instead. 

The infotainment system is easy to get used to and comes with all sorts of connectivity options, although the Android Auto has an absence standard sound system on offer is a 10-speaker Bentley sound system which can be upgraded to more premium options for an additional cost. A separate rear seat infotainment system can also be opted for which consists of two 10.2-inch tablets with Bluetooth connectivity.

Some of the highlights of the infotainment system include the following:

  • Apple CarPlay smartphone integration
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen optional audio system
  • 21-speaker Niam for Bentley audio system with illuminated speaker grilles.
  • Bluetooth HandsFreeLink 
  • HD Radio
  • Navigation

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Exterior

8.8/10

Bentley has designed the Flying Spur to exude plushness and a rich feeling which also justifies its price tag. The big gaping front grille is the first thing that anyone would notice, the W12 model gets bright vertical vanes with a black matrix-style grille and similar ‘B’ badging all around. 

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Sedan 

The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur rides on big 21-inch wheels, which can be upgraded to 22-inch wheels with the Mulliner optional packages. The round LED headlights are also a signature feature of the Bentley Flying Spur. The rear reminds one of the Continental but it is wider and the W12 comes with twin exhaust outlets which will not go unnoticed as they are massive in size. 

Models

2021 Bentley Flying Spur

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,372

5,445

5,181

Length (inches)

209.3

212.6

215

Width (inches)

79.3

76.7

74.8

Height (inches)

58.4

61

59

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (inches)

125.7

129.7

132.5

The V8 inside the Mercedes makes it light, while the W12 and the V12 in the Bentley and the Rolls-Royce make them heavier. Mercedes is the longest yet offers less space and a smaller trunk so it might not be the best use of the extra length. Mercedes also has the widest wheelbase.

Some exterior features include:

  • 21" twin ten-spoke alloy wheel
  • Bright vertical vanes with black matrix-style grille
  • Full LED headlamps with High Beam Assist
  • Full LED taillamps
  • Twin oval stainless steel tailpipes
  • Front bumper with chrome rub strip
  • Chrome rear bumper insert
  • Auto-dimming door mirrors

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Safety

8.0/10

For the price you pay, there is no doubt about the safety of the occupants in the Flying Spur, although the cars in this price range are not tested by either the NHTSA or IIHS. If they would have tested the Bentley for the crash test it would have fared quite well. 

There is no absence of safety features, and driver assistance techniques but for such a big sum of money, features like night vision, adaptive cruise control, and traffic assist are not available as standard and come bundled in the First Edition optional package. The standard features include up to 6 airbags, traction control, stability control.

Some of the advanced safety features include the following:

  • Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Front and rear park distance control
  • Park assist
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Road sign detection

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Competition

6.0/10

2021 Bentley Flying Spur vs 2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Both the Bentley and the Rolls-Royce are the pinnacle of luxury cars. Where the Flying Spur excels in terms of power, fuel efficiency and is also slightly better looking than the Royce, the Ghost has an upper hand in terms of luxury appointments, more space inside the cabin, a bigger trunk and but all of that takes the cost of the Royce up to 300 grand. 

2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost

2021 Bentley Flying Spur vs 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580

Mercedes has gone through a generation change for the 2021 model, and the 580 is a V8 model, with the S680 all set to join in for the 2022 model. The V8 makes it more fuel-efficient and less expensive than the Bentley but this is due to the smaller engine. When the V12 version comes out a better comparison could be done to see which car performs better when compared equally. 

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S 580

 

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Final Verdict

When you hear the name Bentley you know the car is going to be luxurious, and the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur is the best example of what Bentley has on offer. With a price tag of 200 grand, you get a lot of luxury, comfort, the most advanced and modern technology inside.

There are a few drawbacks however, even at such a high price you do not get Android Auto, there is a lack of advanced safety features and the W12 is not the most fuel-efficient engine, so there is still some work to be done in the Flying Spur although it is in no way a bad car.