The company's flagship luxury sedan received a slew of upgrades for the 2022 model year.
The redesigned Bentley Flying Spur returned for the 2020 model year, replacing the Mulsanne as the luxury automaker's flagship sedan. Since then, the company has expanded the Flying Spur family with a new driver-focused V8 variant. It is a supremely fast, capable, and comfortable four-door luxury sedan, but Bentley has made it even better for the 2022 model year thanks to new standard tech, comfort features, and an expanded exterior color palette.
Previously available as an option, Bentley's City Specification now comes as standard for the 2022 Flying Spur, adding traffic sign recognition, hands-free trunk opening, a top-view camera, welcome lighting automatic dimming mirrors, and an air purifier to the list of standard equipment.
Additional personalization options are also available: a new Cambrian Grey color brings the total number of exterior paint options up to 63, and the interior can be lavished in new Liquid Amber, Dark Burr Walnut and Tamo Ash open-pore wood finishes. These veneers are painted with three extremely thin layers of lacquer and are only 0.003 inches thick. For comparison, Bentley's High Gloss lacquer coating is 0.01 inches thick.
In the cabin, 40 interior components have been upgraded with improved sound insulation to eliminate unwanted noise and vibration in the cabin. Using a computer, these components were painstakingly tested in virtual mockups before being added to the physical car.
"By using Virtual Prototyping, Bentley succeeded in what we set out to do - optimize every component of the Flying Spur firstly in the virtual world before we create physical parts," explained Simon Noble, Acoustic Engineer at Bentley Motors. "At the same time, we have reduced physical prototypes, creating the quietest in-cabin experience for our customers. Virtual Prototyping means fewer prototypes have to be built, and we reduce our testing mileage. It also helps influence the design and engineering of the car at an early stage and affords significant benefits in the extensive testing phase."
Engine options carry over from the 2021 model year, including a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 rated at 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque or a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque.