Bentley's new super sedan will share the same platform as the current Porsche Panamera.
After the launch of the all-new Bentley Continental GT, it’s only inevitable that a new version of its larger sedan sibling, the Flying Spur, is also in the works in what will be the model’s first redesign since it was introduced in 2005. A prototype version of the super sedan was recently spotted being put through its paces during winter testing in snowy Sweden, where it caught the attention of our spy cameras. Look closely, however, and you can see some of the tape starting to strip away, revealing the Flying Spur’s beige body.
The extensive camouflage does a good of hiding the design details, but we already have a good idea how the front end will look. It should adopt similar styling to its coupe counterpart, which will make it look a lot sportier than its predecessor. Beyond the restyled exterior, the new Flying Spur will also have significantly different underpinnings as it will share the same platform as the current Porsche Panamera, so it will also shed some weight. Reserved for the group's luxury sports sedans, the MSB-F platform also supports electrification and autonomous driving systems. There’s also a good chance that the new Bentley Flying Spur won’t just share the same platform as the Panamera, but also some of its engines.
That means we can most likely expect some plug-in hybrids and diesel engines to form part of the line-up. Of course, the range-topper should retain the model’s familiar 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12. In the new Continental GT, the W12 unit delivers 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque allowing it to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 207 mph. Expect to see the new Bentley Flying Spur debut either later this year possibly at the 2018 Paris Auto Show in October, or early 2019.