Published on 06 Mar 2013 by Dan Read
According to some reports in the morning’s papers, the Bentley stand was a disappointment on the opening day of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but that’s not how we see it. Bentley used the opening day to unveil the Bentley Flying Spur, which is basically a four-door version of the Continental GT. Perhaps the ‘disappointment’ mentioned in the press has something to do with Bentley unveiling a four-door variant after the coupe. The four-door is never going to impress once the public’s seen the coupe, which is why car makers tend to release the saloon before the coupe.
From the front you can clearly see the Continental GT influence. From 2013, Bentley will be splitting the Flying Spur from the Continental range. The Flying Spur is a more affordable version of the Mulsanne and Bentley hope this car will win sales from the likes of the Mercedes S-Class. To that end, the British luxury car maker has produced a luxury car with the latest technology on-board including WiFi, two 10-inch screens for the rear passengers and an audio system with eight speakers.
Another rival is the much anticipated Rolls Royce Wraith, that’s also making its debut in Geneva. Bentley is taking the Rolls Royce on with a W-12 engine that pumps out 616 hp from its 6.0 litres. A 0-62 mph time of 4.3 seconds is actually a little quicker than the Wraith and the top speed of 200 mph is better than you’ll get out of the two-door Rolls Royce as it’s electronically limited to 155 mph.
Aside from the new Flying Spur, Bentley is also displaying the Continental GTC V8, a convertible version of the GT which is powered by manufacturer’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 rather than their W-12. Bentley is calling this an ‘entry-level’ car because of the smaller powerplant, but don’t expect much change from £200,000.