At least it's all going to charity.
Bentley presented the all-new Flying Spur to the world last month, which sports a sleeker design, a more modern interior, and a powerful twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 that produces 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. This enables the luxury grand tourer to sprint from 0-62 mph in 3.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 207 mph - not bad for a car that weighs 5,368 pounds. Pricing hasn't been announced yet, but it will cost considerably less than this exclusive Flying Spur First Edition that was recently sold at a charity auction.
For the first time, a rare 2020 Bentley Flying Spur First Edition went under the hammer at the recent Midsummer Gala auction in Antibes, France, in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Gala was hosted by Sir Elton and David Furnish, and there was a special guest appearance by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
After a fierce bidding war, the special Flying Spur was sold to an anonymous bidder for a whopping €700,000 ($780,000). All proceeds will be sent to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. For comparison, the old Bentley Flying Spur W12 started at $224,500.
Limited to 12 months' production, the Flying Spur First Edition is distinguished by its unique badging, including a Union Jack flag with the number one in the center, winged emblems embroidered into the headrests, special First Edition kick plates, and 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification alloy wheels.
The new owner of the Flying Spur First Edition will be able to create their own bespoke and completely unique car through Bentley's exclusive Co-Creation Luxury Service, which is offered only to a small selection of customers. A member of Bentley's Design Team will work with the winning owner, either at the headquarters of Bentley in Crewe, England or in their own home to create their own personalized Flying Spur. They will have a wealth of options to choose from, from exterior paint colors to interior leather and trim combinations and personalized seat stitching.
For everyone else, Bentley will be taking orders for the 2020 Flying Spur this fall before first customer deliveries begin early next year.