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First drive: Bentley Flying Spur car review

BIK List Price
Bentley Flying Spur BIK list price
BIK Percentage
Bentley Flying Spur BIK Percent
Bentley Flying Spur CO2
Combined MPG
Bentley Flying Spur MPG


The second-generation Flying Spur is Bentley’s most powerful car to date with 625hp (and 590lb-ft of torque) from its 6.0-litre W12 engine, allowing the Flying Spur to reach 62mph from rest in 4.3 seconds.

With a significantly higher power-to-weight ratio than its predecessor, emissions are also reduced to 343g/km (although still in the highest BIK tax band).

All-wheel drive deploys the twin-turbocharged power with a 60:40 rear axle bias.

Although there are a few signs that components are shared with top end Volkswagens and Audis, the overall feel is that of a bespoke product. Almost 10 square metres of sustainably-sourced, book-matched, mirror-polished wood veneers adorn each interior.

Roof lining and pillars are trimmed in natural leather, and electrically-operated rear window blinds are standard should passengers feel the need for privacy from paparazzi.

Despite materials aligned with the marque's heritage, audio and connectivity are hi-tech, while rear seat passengers can control audio and climate functions.

The Flying Spur, as Bentley's fastest saloon, does a magnificant job of providing top-level comfort with rapid performance and physics-defying roadholding. Its warp-speed acceleration appears incongruous with the grand surroundings, while the car feels much lighter than it should when two-and-a-half tonnes are steered around twisty high-speed roads. The experience really is unlike any other.

It’s difficult to put together a rational argument for buying one in these austere times where displays of wealth might be frowned upon, particularly with business purchases.

However, the argument that driving a Flying Spur supports decades-old crafts honed in the UK and preserves a tradition that for which our most exclusive marques are famous is perhaps a noble one.

Top Speed
Bentley Flying Spur Top Speed
VED band
Bentley Flying Spur Ved
Fuel Type
Bentley Flying Spur Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £51,595
4 Year 80k : £39,215
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 192.11
4 Year 80k : 171.94

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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