With almost two years still to go before the upgraded flying spur hits the market, excitement is already beginning to build with regards to what is in store from Bentley’s new sedan. As the circulating rumors begin to gain more traction, we look at what is already known about the forthcoming 2019 Bentley Flying Spur in anticipation of the next generation of opulent transit from the British automaker.
2019 Bentley Flying Spur Exterior
Although the design is still being kept a tightly guarded secret by Volkswagen, there are a few details which can already be pieced together. With the car being designed by the same team responsible for the EXP 10 Speed 6 coupe and the EXP 12 Speed 6e Cabrio, a sleek and agile look is fully expected in keeping with their recent designs.
Firstly, it is understood that the new flying spur will be a four-door sedan that will manage to look even more commanding than the previous version thanks to a wider rear-wheel alignment. Furthermore, that will see it retain its muscular appearance, albeit with smoother curves than the angular 2014 model.
With a new headlight design to match the speed 6 with its smaller trailing lights and a low-lying grille across the front of a more curved nose. The new 2019 Bentley Flying Spur will provide an imposing, road-hugging appearance similar to the Continental GT, although, with a longer wheelbase to accommodate the additional rear doors.
Bentley Flying Spur 2019 Interior
With past iterations of the flying spur being almost a luxurious, sedan version of the Continental GT, this third installment will most probably be similar in style to the new GT scheduled for an unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year.
This means that it will be the most high-tech car that Bentley have produced to date featuring advancements in driver assistance systems such as their automated driving functions. This is expected to result in a densely populated, wrap-around dashboard for the driver which will house the controls for a wide array of driving tools including a centrally positioned touchscreen display.
As for the finishings, Bentley’s hallmark of quality will be stamped all over this high-end luxury car. From the two-tone leather upholstery which will come as standard to the individually crafted, sterling silver atomizers or the artisan Champagne glasses which can match a small refrigerator that folds into the back seat that can be added, there will be an array of details to choose from.
It is now known that Volkswagen intends to share a common architecture with the overhauled 2017 version of the Porsche Panamera. The Modularen Standardantrieb Baukasten-F (MSB-F) rear and all-wheel-drive platform will not only provide the car with advanced weight distribution and rear-wheel assisted steering. The sedan will be noticeably lighter than previous models and should also have a hybrid and possibly diesel option to be included from the production line as per Volkswagen’s mission statement. The first engine should be V8 strong (used in Panamera) 4.0-liter twin turbo engine, with 541 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque @ 1,960 to 4,500 rpm.
While the stronger option will feature a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine which is already being used in the Bentayga. This beast will provide 600 bhp with 664 lb/ft of torque that coupled with the reduced weight will see it charge from 0-60 mph in around 4 seconds exactly and comfortably allow it to break the 200 mph barrier when being fully stretched. The hybrid version is expected to involve the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (460 hp) for those of a more economical and modern standing.
Price and release
An official unveiling is expected in either the last quarter of 2018 or early 2019 with the spur stepping off the production ramps and onto the sales floor midway through 2019. While many expect the price range to be in excess of the current model which was launched between $189,000 – $224,500, the use of common parts could well keep this price in check.
A reasonable estimation places this new model to start at a base price of around $200,000 with the W12 version likely to be closer to $250,000, however, this can always be greatly enhanced depending on how many of the fanciful added extras you opt to include with your purchase.
While full details are still being held back until the car receives its official launch with the subsequent marketing campaign, there’s already enough to whet the appetite. The Bentley Flying Spur 2019 is already expected to raise the bar in what is achievable from a high-performance car that places luxury at the forefront of its brand.
2019 Bentley Flying Spur spy photos