Bentley's Leather Breakthrough Is Trouble For Rolls-Royce

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The luxury grand touring sedan is back.

Bentley's Flying Spur sedan was separated from the Continental lineup back in 2015 and has since faded into obscurity as the forgotten ultra-luxury sedan. Only 257 people purchased a Flying Spur back in 2017 but Bentley has said its successor will be far more distinctive in order to bring customers back to the nameplate. We've seen spy shots of what the new Flying Spur will look like, including a prototype with an extra fuel door for a plug-in hybrid variant.

Now the Flying Spur is nearing its official reveal and Bentley has already teased us with an image of the car's silhouette and a close-up of the motorized 'B' hood ornament. This new Flying Spur is clearly gunning for the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

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Since Bentley has already given us our first look at the car's exterior, this latest teaser gives us our first good look at the opulent interior. Bentley says the new "Flying Spur is a ground-up development that pushes the boundaries of both technology and craftsmanship to deliver segment-defining levels of performance and refinement." To this end, the Flying Spur will feature a world first for an automotive interior - three-dimensional, textured leather upholstery (pictured below). Bentley has basically figured out how to shape quilted leather so it retains a three-dimensional shape rather than remain a flat surface.

The leather looks incredible from the photos we've seen and we can't wait to get our hands on it in the Flying Spur. Bentley says the new leather is just one of many new and advanced features and technologies that will be present on the upcoming Flying Spur. We expect the car to come powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 producing 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque or a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. There will also be a plug-in hybrid variant, which will likely arrive at a later time. Pricing, as well as a reveal date, have yet to be announced. With the Flying Spur arriving soon, the Rolls-Royce Ghost better watch its back.

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