The first one just rolled off the assembly line. Get excited.
Bentley recently introduced an all-new 2020 model of its Flying Spur sedan. Powered by a twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12, the new Flying Spur looks like a leather-wrapped rocket ship with 626 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. And that's just the base output, as Bentley is already working on a faster Speed model with a rumored 700-hp engine. This is a very important car for Bentley so the company can't wait to deliver the first examples to customers.
Around four months after the car was revealed, production has finally begun at Bentley's factory headquarters in Crewe, England. Before entering production, Bentley says the Flying Spur underwent one million miles of development testing to ensure it possessed the perfect balance of agility and limousine-style comfort.
"The new Flying Spur is a leap forward in combining state of the art high technology with a modern ultra-luxurious interior and exterior," said Peter Bosch, Board Member for Manufacturing, Bentley Motors. "Every single example is an artisanal piece of art, handcrafted using the finest, authentic materials and surfaces that are unmistakably Bentley. The car truly delivers the duality of sports sedan agility and contemporary limousine refinement."
Each car is hand-built by around 200 workers at 84 different assembly stages in the Crewe factory. This new model brings back Bentley's Flying B emblem, which is now retractable and can also be illuminated. The car also features new luxury touches such as three-dimensional diamond-quilted leather doors, Bentley Rotating Display, panoramic glass sunroof, and a 2,200-watt Naim audio system.
The first customer deliveries set to start in early 2020. For the first 12 months of production, Bentley will offer a First Edition, the first of which has already been auctioned off for charity. There will undoubtedly be special editions and new engine options in the future, including a plug-in hybrid version, but just seeing the car roll off the assembly line is enough to get us excited for the new Flying Spur.