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Bentley Continental Flying Spur: Buying guide and review (2005-2013)

Bentley Continental Flying Spur: Buying guide and review (2005-2013) Classic and Performance Car
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The Bentley Continental Flying Spur arrived in 2005, aiming straight for the top of the sporting saloon car hierarchy. It sported a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12, and a top speed of 195mph, making it the fastest four-door saloon in production at the time. The driver-centric interior was as opulent as ever, and while it may have borrowed some running gear from the VW parts bin, every component that went into the car was thoroughly re-engineered. 

Priced comfortably above the top-of-the-line S Class and 7 Series models, the Continental Flying Spur justified its premium by offering a bespoke feel and exclusivity that its mass-produced counterparts could never hope to match.

While it still remains in production, albeit now without the Continental prefix and with updated running gear, the original W12 versions are still highly desirable machines. With second hand values now approaching affordable levels we take a look into what this machine is like to own as a secondhand purchase.
 

Which Flying Spur to buy?

 
A lot of effort went into the Continental Flying Spur’s underpinnings to offer a comfortable yet dynamic driving experience. While the rear seats were still a very comfortable place to be, the experience from behind the driver’s seat was enough to send one's chauffeur packing. The Mulliner Driving Specification was a popular option and featured some sporty trim changes as well as 20-inch alloys.

The Speed version was introduced in 2009; a number of detail changes gave it an even more sporting prowess, including a lowered ride height, stiffer bushes and sharper Servotronic steering. Power was now a formidable 602bhp, top speed a Ferrari-threatening 200mph. Carbon Ceramic brakes also became an option on all models and are recommended if high speed driving is a regular activity. Another desirable option for the audiophile is the 1100 Watt Naim audio system. Those preferring to be chauffeured could also choose from a variety of luxurious rear seating configurations.

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur Series 51 was introduced in late 2010 and it gave potential owners the option to customise their cars to the finest detail. 2012 introduced another raft of detail improvements, most notably a touch-screen navigation system and hard drive based in-car entertainment. Series 51 cars could also now be specified with an even broader range of wood veneers, two-tone paint finishes and unique alloys.

There isn’t a bad year when choosing one of these first generation Flying Spurs, it comes down to how much you want to spend and whether you prefer the updated Nav and entertainment system of the newer models. The Speed versions and Series 51 models add a touch of exclusivity to an already special car.
 

Performance and specs

 
Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Engine 5998cc 48valve DOHC  W12 Twin Turbo
Power 552bhp @ 6100 rpm 
Torque 479lb ft @ 1600rpm
Top speed 194mph 
0-62mph 5.5 seconds 
Fuel consumption 16 mpg 
Gearbox Six-speed automatic
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase 3065mm
Length 5307mm
Width 1918mm
Height 1479mm
Weight 2475kg
 

Common problems

 
• The higher mileages on older models are a testament to the Continental Flying Spur’s usability and reliability so don’t be put off by this. Most have been well cared for and there are very few recurring issues to be concerned about.

• The maintenance and running costs of these cars is not for the faint hearted. As prices drop many leave the dealer network and may fall into disrepair, so watch out for bargain cars, a big bill may be lurking.

• The suspension bushes, front brakes and tyres all take a beating from the almost 2.5 ton curb weight and neglect here may indicate a car that has not been maintained properly. The four-wheel drive system is reliable, however the tyre wear is generally uniform across all four wheels so budget to change them every 30,000miles or so.

• Air suspension systems can suffer from a number of maladies (not unique to the Flying Spur) and repairs can be prohibitively priced so a once over by a specialist is recommended.

• The ZF six-speed automatic copes well with the massive torque and gear changes should be smooth even under hard acceleration. Jerkiness or hunting between ratios may indicate an issue.
 

Bentley Flying Spur recalls

 
There have been three recalls for the Flying Spur and all should have been resolved by the dealers but it is worth following up on them just to be sure

• Cars built up until March 2008 could suffer a fuel leak due to salt corroding the fuel filter

• The centre mounted seatbelt in the rear may not perform as designed in the event of a crash, cars manufactured between August and September 2008 were affected. 

• Cars with Carbon Ceramic brakes could have the discs work loose due to faulty stainless steel screws, this affected models built up to June 2010.
 

Model History 



2005: Bentley Continental Flying Spur introduced with twin turbo 552bhp 6l W12 and 6-speed automatic transmission
2006: Satellite navigation upgraded, Mulliner package now available as well as additional body colours and interior trim options 
2009: Numerous detail changes to exterior including new grille, bumpers and alloys. Upgraded mechanicals include revised suspension, new exhaust and optional carbon ceramic brakes. Continental Flying Spur Speed launched. Power is now up to 602bhp.
2010: Series 51 derivative introduced. These models offer wide range of bespoke customisations options
2013: Five units of a special Qatar Edition built. Unique specification includes grey paintwork with red-stitched black and white interior trim. Continental name dropped for updated Flying Spur

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.bentleymotors.com – Manufacturer site
• www.bdcl.org – Bentley Drivers’ Club
• www.bentleyownersclub.co.uk – UK Bentley Owners’ Club
 

Summary and prices

 
The great news for bargain hunters is that a top level luxury car drops in value like a rotten banana over the first few years. Prices start at around £25,000 for the higher mileage older cars, ranging up to £90,000 for the 2013 models. Whilst maintenance and running costs are undoubtedly high, there is something very tempting about driving around in a 195mph luxury limo for the price of a new VW Golf. Unashamedly luxurious and unlike many pretenders, not sullied by lower spec diesel versions, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur is just the thing for the discerning family man in a hurry. 
 
Words: John Tallodi
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Last updated: 13th Dec 2016
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  • Bentley Flying Spur

    £129,995 £129,995

    21'' Graphite Diamond Turned Alloys, Mulliner Driving Specification, Comfort Specification, Acoustic Side & Rear Glazed Windows, Bi-Function Headlight with Gas Discharge Lamp, Bright Boot Finisher, Bright Chrome Fittings All Round, Storage Case to Centre Console, Google Maps Navigation, Remote Electric Boot Lid, Keyless Entry/Start, Electric Folding Mirrors, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Memory Seats, Air Conditioned Seats, Massaging Front Seats, Massaging Rear Seats, Electric Steering Column, Paddle Shift, Computer, Adaptive Cruise Control, Steering Wheel Controls , Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Automatic Headlights, Automatic Wipers, Heated Mirrors, 4 Zone Climate Control, Electric Rear Blind, Lumbar Adjustment, Touch Screen, Satellite Navigation, CD Player, SD Card Reader , Bluetooth, Parking Camera, Bluetooth Audio, DAB digital radio, Digital TV, Adjustable Suspension, Electric Rear Seats, Memory Rear Seats , Heated Rear Seats, Air Conditioned Rear Seats, Rear Touch Scre Finished in White Sand with Linen and Beluga Hide, Electric Heated Memory Massaging, Soft Close Doors, Adaptive Cruise Control, 4 Zone Climate Control, Electric Boot Lid, Rear Entertainment, Rear Touch Screen Controls, Sat Nav, Bluetooth with Audio, DAB, Digital TV, Electric Steering Column, Electric Rear Blinds, Parking Camera, Electric Folding Heated Mirrors, Adjustable Suspension, Air Conditioned Seats Front and Rear, 21'' Graphite Diamond Turned Alloys, Mulliner Driving Specification, Comfort Specification, Acoustic Side & Rear Glazed Windows, Bi-Function Headlight with Gas Discharge Lamp, Bright Boot Finisher, Bright Chrome Fittings All Round, Storage Case, Google Maps Navigation

    • Mileage: 7000 mi
    • Engine size: 5998
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  • 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Saloon For Sale

    $132,500(£0) $132,500(£0)

    Thoroughly updated and improved for the 2014 model year, the Bentley Flying Spur continued its reign as the king of the super saloons. Based on the revolutionary Continental GT coupe, the Flying Spur deftly combines supercar performance with unparalleled luxury and comfort. Aficionados will first recognize the Flying Spur has been subtly restyled with a slightly crisper, taut appearance compared to the previous generation, yet it still retains the distinctly muscular look characterized by the original Continental GT and Flying Spur saloon. Weight has been reduced and engineers made countless improvements to the ride and handling, go allow for greater comfort and improved control over less than ideal surfaces. Of course, the performance remains astounding, thanks to lower weight and 50 additional horsepower. The signature 6.0 liter, twin-turbo W12 engine now boasts 616 horsepower and 590 ft-lbs of torque, giving the Flying Spur otherworldly performance – particularly for such a large and luxurious sedan. Other improvements include a revised interior and entertainments system, and the addition of an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, driving all four wheels as before. Since its introduction in 2006, the Flying Spur has redefined what a world-class luxury car can do and this improved model raises the bar even higher than before. This gorgeous 2014 Flying Spur is a one-owner example that has covered fewer than 10,000 miles from new and presents in excellent condition throughout. It was purchased new in California by Burt Sugarman, the famed television and music producer responsible for The Midnight Special, and The Newlywed Game among many other successful programs in the 1970s and 80s. Mr. Sugarman is also known to be a passionate automobile enthusiast, and he was responsible for the creation of the Ghia 450 SS in the late 1960s. Finished in White Sand over Linen hides, this impeccable Bentley is a highly optioned example that has been used gently in the hands of its previous owner. The White Sand paintwork is excellent, with straight panels all around. A clean Carfax verifies single ownership and zero accidents. Options include bright-finish 21” ten-spoke alloy wheels, chrome matrix grilles in the front bumper, rear view camera with parking sensors front and rear, piped leather seating, 3-spoke sports steering wheel and picnic trays for rear passengers. The interior is beautifully appointed and in excellent condition, feeling showroom fresh with fine Linen hides contrasted with cocoa brown piping, carpets, dash, steering wheel rim and console. Burl walnut and brushed aluminum trim are unmarked and in fine order. Rear seat passengers enjoy greater legroom than before, along with beautiful picnic trays and individually adjustable seating and HVAC controls. Electrical functions work as they should and occupants can enjoy the crushing performance of this Bentley in peerless comfort and silence. Given the low mileage, it comes as no surprise that the handling and road manners are excellent and the car performs as expected. The original manuals, instruction books, quick reference guides and the instructional DVD are included, as is a spare wheel and tool set, original front plate bracket, Bentley-branded battery tender and two keys. Highly optioned and finished in striking colors, this low-mileage Flying Spur is an outstanding example that has been maintained in impeccable condition by its sole enthusiast owner and is ready for enjoyment by the next keeper.  

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  • Bentley Flying Spur

    £76,945 £76,945

    Variant name:Saloon ,Variant: 4.0 V8 4dr Auto We are proud to offer this incredible 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Presented in Metallic White with Fireglow Fine Line, on the inside you will find Black Leather Interior and Fireglow Contrast Stitching. This car has a phenomenal specification including, 21" Ten Spoke Propellor Alloy Wheels in Silver, Mulliner Specification, Diamond Stitched Interior Trim, Piano Black Interior Trim, Rear Entertainment, Fully Electric Front & Rear Seats with Massage Function, Rear Entertainment Remote, Heated and Cooled Seats, Electric Rear Blind, Keyless Push Button Start, Fully Electric Folding & Adjusting Mirrors, Full Colour Satellite Navigation, Cruise Control, Memory Seats, Automatic Xenon Projector Headlights, Led Daytime Running Lights, Glass Sliding Sunroof with Blind, Quad Exhaust, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Bentley Logo Embroidered on Headrests in Fireglow Red, Red Brake Calipers, Breitling Centre Clock, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, DAB Radio, Bluetooth Phone, Adjustable Air Suspension. To discuss this fantastic car in further detail please don't hesitate to give us a call on the number as shown above.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
    • Engine size: 4
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  • Bentley Flying Spur W12 Mulliner Specification - 2015 Model Year |

    £99,850 £99,850

    Specification MAKE Bentley MODEL Flying Spur W12 Mulliner Specification - 2015 Model Year COLOUR Barnato Green with Linen Main Hide and Cumbrian Green Secondary Hide YEAR 2015/15 MILEAGE 11500 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able this stunning Bentley Flying Spur W12 for sale. This particular example was first registered to Bentley Motor Cars on the 2nd of July 2015, after which it was used by HRH Prince Andrew as his formal means of transport and was registered with his private number plate AY03 DOY. It has had a total of two registered keepers since its first registration. Finished in Barnato Green with Linen Main Hide and Cumbrian Green Secondary hide. It is sold with the remainder of its manufacturers warranty expiring 02/07/2018. This car is currently being prepared for sale. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Touch Screen Navigation System, Remote Central Locking, Electrically Heated Seating, Burr Walnut Veneer, Electrically Adjustable Seating and Steering Column with Driver Memory, Electronic Parking Brake, Power Boot. OPTIONAL EXTRAS Comfort Specification, Convenience Specification, Veneered Picnic Tables, Wooden Rimmed Steering Wheel - not Heated, First Aid Kit and Warning Triangle, Be

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  • Bentley Flying Spur MULLINER

    £86,989 £86,989

    2014 MODEL YEAR FLYING SPUR W12 MULLINER, MIDNIGHT EMERALD METALLIC WITH DARK BOURBON LEATHER, BURNT OAK TOP ROLL, DARK STAINED BURR WALNUT, DRILLED ALLOY SPORTS FOOT PEDALS, BOOT CARPET TO MATCH MAIN HIDE, MULLINER DRIVING SPECIFICATION WITH 21" TEN SPOKE ALLOY WHEELS, COMFORT SPECIFICATION, BENTLEY STORAGE CASE TO CENTRE CONSOLE, DEEP PILE OVER MATS FRONT AND REAR, DUAL TONE THREE SPOKE HIDE TRIMMED STEERING WHEEL, FIRST AID KIT WITH WARNING TRIANGLE, VENEERED PICNIC TABLES - WITH VANITY MIRRORS, BENTLEY GPS TRACKER, 6 CD CHANGER, CLIMATE BOOST FOR REAR PASSENGERS, REMOTE CONTROLLED GARAGE DOOR/ELECTRIC GATE OPENER, CONVENIENCE SPECIFICATION, SPACE SAVING SPARE WHEEL, ELECTRIC GLASS TILT AND SLIDE SUNROOF, BRIRGHT CHROMED LOWER GRILLES. ALLOY WHEEL CHOICE, RAC WARRANTY AVAILABLE. A range of finance options are available for this motorcar. Please contact us for further details. **VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** Video channel WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/1MARLOWCARS Follow us WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.TWITTER.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARLOWCARS Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy of the above information, some inaccuracies may occur. It is important th

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 8000 mi
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  • Bentley Flying Spur W12 MULLINER

    £88,950 £88,950

    1 owner, 14 plate ... 6700 MILES.. MULLINER W12.NICE SPEC... BELUGA BLACK WITH BLACK QUILTED LEATHER, CRESTED SEATS, SEAT PIPING IN FIREGLOW, ELECTRIC SUNROOF, HEATED THREE SPOKE STEERING WHEEL, TRACKER, HEATED STEERING WHEEL, DIGITAL TV TUNER, CLIMATE BOOST FOR REAR PASSENGERS, REAR VIEW CAMERA, CONVINIENCE SPECIFICATION, RED BRAKE CALIPERS, ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL, POWER BOOT OPENING AND CLOSURE, RED FINE LINE STRIPE, ELECTRIC SIDE AND REAR BLINDS, CHROMED LOWER GRILLES. SERVICED MARCH 2016, RAC WARRANTY AVAILABLE. A range of finance options are available for this motorcar. Please contact us for further details. **VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT ONLY** Video channel WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/1MARLOWCARS Follow us WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.TWITTER.COM/MARLOWCARS WWW.FLICKR.COM/PHOTOS/MARLOWCARS Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure accuracy of the above information, some inaccuracies may occur. It is important that you do not rely on this information but check with Marlow Cars limited about any items which may affect your decision to buy this vehicle. These figures relate to a typical example of this model when new. They will vary according to the age, condition, fitted equipme

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 6500 mi
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  • Bentley Flying Spur W12 LHD

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    Showrooms Download Images Make Enquiry Service Centre 100 Point Checkover Finished in Dark Sapphire with electric sunroof and factory light smoked glass with Linen interior, with comfort spec. interior and two tone 3 spoke steering wheel. Picnic tables to the rear and Naim premium audio system. One owner, only 25,000 miles with Full Service History. Immaculate throughout click image to fit your screen

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
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