Mahinder's review on Bentley Flying Spur V8
Year of Manufacture : 2011 | Driven no. of Kms. : NA
- Pros: looks, performance
My personal opinion is : You’ve come a far way, achieved much in your life. You’re a success. The Mercedes Benz-S-class you owned before the Spur never made you feel like that, and certainly not the top-end BMW Five-series before that. There are a hundred expensive Mercedes in this wealthy area, but only a few Bentleys. If you understand only one thing about the Flying Spur and appreciate only one of its talents, it is this in-bred marque appeal and sense of gravitas that its rivals can .Walk around to the side however, and the general proportions – short bonnet, high roof and gently rounded corners – don’t support such extravagant detailing, and the bland, slab sides look particulary clumsy. A car such as this needs to make a confident statement, and in our experience the Flying Spur doesn’t. There is a fantastic sense of space and luxury back here, especially when the front passenger seat is sent forward, as the nearside rear passenger has the power to do from his control panel. If you do feel the need to have yet more performance, the 600bhp Flying Spur Speed could be for you. It gets a 10mm lower ride height, will sprint to 60mph in just 4.5sec and should push on to over 200mph. The brakes deserve a special mention. Despite being standard cast iron in their construction, they offer supreme retardation power considering the mass they have to hold back. But their real talent is their ability to resist fade, despite several repeated full stops from high three-figure speeds.