2020 Bentley Flying Spur

MSRP $214,600

Ranked #3 in Sedan

8.2

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2020 Bentley Flying Spur Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Talking about some of the most luxurious automobile brands, Bentley is one of those handful manufacturers that is considered as a car of the rich. Back in the 1960s, the Flying Spur was an upscale 4-door trim for the shorter and highly famous Continental but today the lavish British super-saloon is sold as a completely different model.

An all-time low in sales is one of the reasons for the partition, launching a brand new, powerful, and luxury-packed large sedan along with Bentley’s updated signature styling was more than required to bring back the dead enthusiasm for such cars. Meeting all these requirements, Bentley relaunched the Flying Spur in 2005 and facelifted it twice since which has turned out to be quite a successful move considering the rapid trend shifts in the current market.

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Pros

Super-quick luxury sedan

Magnetic and classic exterior styling

Heavenly comfort and pleasing interiors

The mixture of technology and luxury

Cons

Questionable reliability

Sky-high price tag

Thirsty W12 engine

What's New?

The interior gets a new design

the British 4-door sedan has been redesigned on the outside

The engine has been tweaked to crank out more power


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 @ 6000 rpm

torque

664 lb.-ft. @ 1350 rpm

transmission

8 speed automated manual

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

102 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

12/15/19 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

powertrain warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

corrosion warranty

3 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

W12$214,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Bentley Flying Spur in Glacier White color
Glacier White

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 Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

5.7

Interior

9.1

Exterior

8.8

Competition

8.9

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.2

Overall Rating


The 2020 Bentley Flying Spur has a refined and dynamic styling on the outside while the cabin and interiors feel out-worldly luxurious and comfortable. Being from the European automobile industry, the saloon had countless rivals back in the time but today the only competitors remain the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S650 which is slightly cheaper and a recent addition to the segment.


8.0/10
Engine and Performance

5.7/10
Fuel Economy

9.1/10
Interior

8.8/10
Exterior

8.9/10
Competition


2020 Bentley Flying Spur Features

Considering this confident approach towards making a car, Bentley has rushed in huge loads of luxury, comfort, and practical features that make it a classy saloon both from the inside and outside. Let us have a look at what is offered for such a price. It offers top-notch interior features, spectacular and magnificent exterior styling, next-level comfort, and whatnot.

Trim

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

MSRP

$216,400.00

Key Features

24-way power-adjustable front-row leather seats

 

14-way power-adjustable rear seats

 

Four-zone climate control

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

Sunroof/Moonroof

 

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

10-speaker audio system

Which Trim should you buy?

The Bentley Flying Spur is a unique and sporty sedan from Bentley costing as high as an entire lineup of a regular vehicle manufacturer. In such a case, the British carmaker has planned to make this a benchmark for the luxury sedan industry and so there are no trims. However, there are loads of customization options on offer to truly personalize your Flying Spur the way you like.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The British sports saloon is powered by a hilarious 6.0L turbocharged W12 engine that produces an unimaginable 626 HP of power and 664 lb-ft of torque that is enough to make this oversized sedan powerful and fun to drive. Paired with 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, the shifts are smooth whereas a standard all-wheel-drive delivers most of what the engine produces. With all these vigorous powertrain components the 4-door luxury sedan does a 0-60 MPH in just under 4 seconds and reaches a top speed greater than 200 MPH. Besides, this large car completes a quarter-mile in just 11-and-a-half seconds.

Models

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650

MSRP

$214,600.00

$315,000.00

$202,550

Engine

6.0L turbocharged W12

6.6L turbocharged V12

6.0L turbocharged V12

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power (HP@RPM)

626@6000

563@5260

621@4800

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

664@1350

575@1500

738@2300

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.7

4.7

4.6

Quarter-mile (seconds)

11.7

13.0

N/A

Top speed (MPH)

207

155

155

While the Bentley is the most-powered, it is also the second-most-expensive large luxury car after the Rolls Royce which does not really offer any performance as such. The Maybach S650 is the only car that matches the engine specs of the Flying Spur and has the best torque but ends up being only second-fastest only.

How well does the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur handle?

The fact that the new Flying Spur is slightly longer and harder to steer has been compensated by moving the engine compartment more towards the cabin, bringing its center of gravity closer and adding better balance. Regardless, the new model now comes standard with all-wheel steering which improves stability and control at higher speeds while making it swiftly maneuverable at lower speeds. This new inclusion has brought a major improvement in the turning circle diameter and the large luxury sedan now requires only 36.3 feet to do a complete turn.

Sitting in a $200K sedan should feel like the car is being driven on roads made out of butter and the Flying Spur exactly matches that feel as the front setup is a double-wishbone while a multi-link independent rear suspension keeps the cabin intact of any bumps on the surface. These mechanisms are then dampened by an air suspension with a three-chamber air spring and are closely monitored by continuous damping control and Bentley dynamic ride system.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Braking Performance

There are plenty of parts in the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur that makes it an exclusively luxury sedan. Talking about the brakes in this large saloon, it is one of the very few cars that has been equipped with the biggest brake rotors of any production car. Moreover, instead of using modern materials like carbon fiber or aluminum as the materials, Bentley has chosen to continue its glorious iron-made brakes.

The new Flying Spur flashes its huge 16.5-inch front and 15.0-inch rear ventilated discs through its wheels. The brake caliper is painted in black as standard but is available in red along with the blackline package to add to its sporty appearance. These brakes make the hefty sedan stop from 70 MPH to a complete halt in around 160 feet.

Models

2020 Bentley Flying Spur*

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost*

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650

Front brake rotors (inches)

16.5

16.1

15.4

Front brake rotors (inches)

15.0

15.8

14.4

Curb weight (lbs)

5373

5368

5296

70-0 MPH (seconds)

159

NA

NA

With the biggest front braking disc, the Bentley has a good braking performance. On the other hand, since the Ghost weighs lower than the Flying Spur and has a little more biasing to its rear disc, it will have a better braking performance while the Maybach has the smallest brake rotors in the segment and will have substantial performance.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Fuel Economy

5.7/10

The large British luxury sports saloon is the only W-configuration engine and has a highly complicated fuel intake and exhaust system that probably reduces the fuel economy. The new Flying Spur is estimated to give 12 miles to a gallon in the city while on the highway 19 miles can be covered in a mile. Besides, Bentley has equipped a 23-gallon fuel tank to compensate for the lower MPGs.

Models

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650

MPG (city)

12

12

13

MPG (highway)

19

18

21

MPG (combined)

15

14

16

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

23.78

21.8

21.1

Range in miles (city/ highway/ combined)

285.36/ 451.82/ 356.70

261.6/ 392.4/ 305.2

273.4/ 443.1/ 337.6

The Maybach S650 with all the weight offers a great fuel economy. On the other hand, Bentley and Rolls Royce have almost the same figures but the Flying Spurs has the biggest fuel tank and so it offers the best range. The Mercedes sure has the best MPG figures but a smaller fuel tank gives it the third-best range whereas the Ghost’s lowest MPG numbers with a comparatively smaller tank have the least range of all.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Interior

9.1/10

Being a brand new and benchmark 4-door sedan, the new Flying Spur is updated with the most beautiful and elegant interior of any of the Bentley vehicles up until now. The cabin is mostly covered in plain and textured leather along with some smooth metallic inserts maintaining the luxury-level aesthetics. The interior trim is available in three different trim layouts and has a wide range of colors to choose from. One thing assured is that there is no noisy plastic in masses to be found in the cabin.

Focusing on the dashboard, a veneer piece with a total of fifteen different wood trims is a choice for the owner and most of those metallic pieces are found detailing the dashboard and center console. Talking about it, the console lies a little lower than the 2-door counterpart of the Continental. There are premium knurled knobs, and piano black finished buttons placed very well and most of them are on the console making it easily accessible to the front occupants.

Other comforts include a heated and leather-trimmed steering wheel, four-zone climate control, heated armrests, power-operated sun blinds, and fully power-operated dual-pane sunroof as standard. There are impressive options provided like a mini-refrigerator in the rear, mood lighting, and extended diamond knurling to the clock, AC vents, and similar minor elements. Another option is to extend the center console further back to the rear row enhancing the luxury experience.

Talking about seats, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur welcomes seating for five as standard but with the extended center console, it is reduced to four. The front seats are leather-wrapped 14-way power heated and ventilated sporty bucket seats while the rear passengers have a suede head cushion with a highly comfortable bench seat. Each seat in the Flying Spur has a five-template massaging function with five different intensities, making the cabin a divine place to be in. The seating surfaces are covered in premium quality leather and have options for contrast stitching and piping around them to add that luxury look to the seats.

Models

2020 Bentley Flying Spur*

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost*

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650*

Seating capacity

5

5

5

Front row in inches (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom)

37.4/ NA/ 42.0

40.6/ 59.4/ 41.7

39.7/59.7/41.4

Rear row in inches (headroom/ shoulder room/ legroom)

37.0/ NA/ 43.0

39.0/ 55.8/ 42.3

39.2/N/A/59.1

Cargo capacity (ft3)

14.83

14.0

N/A

The Rolls Royce destroys the others with its good front room but the best rear room. While Mercedes and BMW have dedicated some of the interior space to some practical cargo space numbers, Bentley has not utilized the space at its best as the front legroom is good but in the rear, it is even smaller than its rivals in the competition. Some of the features that are really worth mentioning are

  • Ambient Cabin Lighting
  • Leather-trimmed dashboard
  • 3-D designed leather on doors
  • 24-way power-adjustable front seats (optional)
  • Heated Rear Seats 

What’s there to keep you entertained?

As there has been a complete redesign inside this British luxury sedan, Bentley has equipped a beautiful 12.3-inch display in the center of the new Flying Spur’s dashboard. This screen has a high-definition display and some cool graphics in its interface. The display has a capacitive touchscreen and feels like a premium tablet mounted on the dashboard. The rear passengers get a handy touchscreen remote to control their seat heating and massaging function.

The luxury saloon from Britain also has a fully digital driver’s information display ahead of the steering wheel which has numerous customizations that can be done based on what the driver actually wants to be seen. Bentley also provides an option to have a 3-way rotating unit with the screen on one side, a classic analog dial set on the other, and the third side which has the same veneer finish to keep things plain and simple, and a rear-seat entertainment system is also available, making it a 5-screen 4-door phenomenal luxury saloon.

Other than this, the standard audio system is a 650-watt 10-speaker which has fine quality but it can be upgraded to a Bang & Olufsen 1500-watt 16-speaker system with just about perfect sound quality, and if that does not satisfy the ears then there is a 2200-watt 19-speaker Naim premium audio system with some stand-alone features specially built for this Bentley.

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible
  • Front and rear wireless charging pad
  • Satellite radio
  • Multiple USB audio and charging ports
  • 12V power outlet in console with cigarette lighter

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Exterior

8.8/10

Bentley has been known for its unique and luxurious styling even on the older Flying Spurs’. Just like Porsche, Bentley has also applied their signature design to all of its models. Closely inspired by the Continental’s modern and sleek looks which were later applied to the Bentayga, the British manufacturer just picked the right time to share the same looks on the new Flying Spur as well and it looks simply gorgeous from every angle. By the looks, it would be tough to believe that this humongous sedan is partially made by hand.

To start with, there is a chrome grille in the front with vertical slats as standard whereas a matrix grille behind these salts is optional on the Flying Spur. Focusing down on the front bumper which is a nice one-piece highlighted with black texturing surrounded by chrome which brings that grand and royal look to the fastest saloon. Bentley retains its classic 1960s circular full-matrix LED headlight design and has an elegant lotus-like design added to it, however, as soon as the DRLs glow they look pretty aggressive, matching the sporty nature of this luxury sedan. 

Looking at the Flying Spur from the side reveals its smooth roofline and body works as the side character line fades out just after the first door and is continued from between the rear wheel arches and wheel well. The rear door is crafted in a manner that it curves into the rear wheel well and there are chrome inserts for the lower door and window surrounds to match the amount of material used in the front. Other than that, a set of 10-spoke 21-inch wheels are available in three different finishes while the size can be increased to a 22-inch wheel with Mulliner driving specification and has four different finishes to choose from.

The rear has not been changed much and just a mild tweak to the boot and C-pillars have made the styling pretty dynamic. Though the taillight housing might look carried over from its predecessor, it is slightly bigger and carries a completely new set of lights. Moving to the bottom, chrome inserts are continued on the bumper as well as the exhausts are surrounded by it. That is not all of it as a full-glass roof is also a part that completes this perfectly covered top-class luxury sedan. Looking highly luxurious with all that chrome surrounds as standard, a blackline specification can be opted for which replaces those pieces with a sporty black finished metal making the car look really cool and sporty.

Models

2020 Bentley Flying Spur

2020 Rolls Royce Ghost**

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650

Length (inches)

209.29

214.8

214.7

Width* (inches)

77.9

76.7

75

Height (inches)

58.39

61.0

58.7

Ground clearance (inches)

NA

N/A

5.2

Wheelbase (inches)

125.75

129.7

132.5

The Bentley flying spur is the most compact large sedan. In fact, the Flying spur has the shortest wheelbase which explains its performance. However, the Bentley is more prone to be stuck in traffic as it is the widest in the segment. The Maybach is the longest and lowest of all with a suitable wheelbase whereas the Ghost is the tallest luxury sedan riding the farthest from the ground.

  • 10-spoke 21-inch wheels
  • 22-inch wheels (optional)
  • Full-matrix LED headlights
  • Chrome exhaust

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Safety

This ultra-luxury sedan from Britain has been built strong and hefty so that it does not have much of an impact on the inside as much as on the outside. Based on a completely new platform, Bentley has considered all the areas that can be easily damaged and constructed a highly rigid structure to give it the strength and resistance to withstand the strongest of crashes.

 You get all the passive safety features ranging from a cabin filled with airbags to most of the modern electromechanical systems like ABS, EBD, and some modern safety gimmicks. Moreover, traffic-sign recognition along with a top view camera is standard whereas adaptive cruise control is offered as an option and it has the capability to self-drive once the distance and cruising speed is set, however, it requires full human attention and intervention. List of safety features:

  • Traffic sign-recognition
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Blind-spot monitor 
  • Lane departure mitigation
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 360-degree camera system 
  • Automated parking system
  • Night-vision function

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Competition

8.9/10

2020 Bentley Flying Spur vs. 2020 Rolls Royce Ghost

Now the Ghost is everything luxurious but lacks sport, unlike Bentley which is a master of both worlds. The Rolls-Royce is a perfect chauffeur-driven sedan whereas the Flying Spur is the best to have some hands-on experience on the world’s fastest British saloon ever built. Also, the Bentley is better at performance than the Rolls Royce.

On the other hand, the Rolls Royce costs a lot more than the Flying Spur but offers different trims, each of them having a unique exterior and interior design, unlike the Flying Spur which is a more one-off sort of sedan. While there is no match to the amount of opulence and comfort provided in the Ghost, the Flying Spur has a huge variety of personalization that can be done everywhere on the inside. Moreover, the Bentley is more practical, fuel-efficient, and a little compact as well.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur vs. 2020 Mercedes-Maybach S650

Another full-German amalgamation is from Mercedes-Benz Maybach and its fully luxury equipped S-class. There is no way that the Maybach S650 would defeat the W12-powered Bentley in terms of performance or efficiency but the German automaker has worked upon the interiors and has brought in a solid and opulent cabin that can actually give a tough fight to the Flying Spur.

However, the British luxury sedan has more customization whereas the Maybach S650 will only be equally opulent once it gets a few packages that would make it cost more than the Flying Spur. The S-class is a little more utilitarian but is the longest luxury sedan and provides less room when compared to the Bentley. Being a Mercedes, there are standard driver-assistance and active safety features which the British sedan misses upon.

2020 Bentley Flying Spur Final Verdict

The new Bentley Flying Spur is arguably the fastest, most luxurious, and cost-effective option in the current market. Its uniqueness is the fine mixture of these three factors making a perfect modern-day saloon with it. While the British manufacturer has stuck to its historic design principles, there have been some mind-blowing modern additions, especially on the inside.

If you could afford it, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur is a perfectly grand British saloon that will suit you the best with plenty of customizable options, will zoom past all your rivals, and display royalty, success, and treat to every eye that sees it.

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