Expect Bentley to lift the wraps off the new Flying Spur later this year or early 2019.
We recently learned the next-generation Bentley Flying Spur will have a more distinctive design than its predecessor. In other words, it will no longer look just like a sedan version of the Continental GT, which will hopefully give its slow sales in the USa much-needed boost. You wouldn’t know that looking at these latest spy shots, however. Once again, a prototype the next-generation Bentley Flying Spur has been spotted out in the wild covered in thick layers of camouflage to make it look like the current version of the luxury grand tourer.
This time, it was caught flexing its muscles at the Nurburgring. Details are hard to make out, but you can still see some cues from the two-door Continental GT. It looks sleeker and less aggressive than its predecessor, while also sporting a similar large rectangular front grille and twin exhaust system to its coupe counterpart. We don’t get a look inside the cabin, but Bentley has said the new Flying Spur’s interior won’t mirror the one found in the Continental GT. The new Flying Spur will ride on a longer version of Volkswagen’s MSB-F platform, which also underpins the Porsche Panamera.
Chances are the new Flying Spur will also borrow some of the Panamera’s engines, but we’re hoping the 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 will remain. This means a plug-in hybrid option almost certainly going to be part of the lineup, in which case it could possibly utilize the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid's 550-hp 4.0 liter V8 paired with a 136 hp electric motor to produce a total output of 680 hp. We can hope. In fact, a Flying Spur plug-in hybrid prototype was recently spotted doing some winter testing. Expect Bentley to lift the wraps off the new Flying Spur later this year or early 2019.