The 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur marks one of the fastest sedans on the market, with 552 horsepower and a twin-turbo, V-12 engine. It includes few new features this year, but the high-priced sedan makes up for it with countless exterior and interior features and optional upgrades. The Flying Spur reaches an unbelievable 552 horsepower and makes 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds. However, safety remains average and fuel economy comes up short with just 10 miles to the gallon.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Bentley Continental Flying Spur base
The 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur gets a new stability control system, with a less restrictive sport traction mode, a back-up camera, satellite radio, and new color options.
The 2008 Bentley Continental Spur comes in 16 exterior colors with 17 interior colors to choose from, making this a highly customizable vehicle. The exterior features include a power sunroof with a power sunshade, a traditional Bentley matrix grille, bi-xenon low and high beam headlights with integrated washer jets, fog lights, daytime running lights, rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers, and color-keyed, power-folding, and heated electrochromic mirrors with memory settings. The 19-inch, five-spoke, painted alloy wheels come with P275/40ZR19 performance tires and power-ventilated front and rear disc brakes. Twin stainless steel oval tailpipes decorate the rear of the vehicle. The Mulliner Driving Specification package provides special 20-inch wheels. The Bentley Spur includes a compact spare tire with a steel wheel.
The 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur has a range of interior features expected of a luxury sedan. Some of the features include power front bucket seats with power lumbar support and massage and ventilated seats with heating and cooling features and memory settings. The rear bench seat gets ventilated with a heating feature in outboard positions and a power lumbar adjustment system.
Leather upholstery and interior trim accent the interior. The center console uses leather and wood. The steering wheel comes leather-wrapped with four spokes and tilt and telescopic adjustment. It also includes audio and cruise controls with a memory setting. The powered door locks offer remote keyless entry. The powered windows include a driver’s window with a one-touch feature with retained accessory power. The instrumentation includes a tachometer, a trip computer, low fuel level warning, external temperature display, a compass, and a clock. The 12-speaker audio system includes an AM/FM stereo with a six-disc CD changer set in the glove box, a diversity antenna, MP3 compatibility, and Sirius satellite radio. Other features include a remote control garage door opener, front and rear parking distance sensors, a tire pressure monitoring system, an anti-theft alarm system, satellite navigation, four-zone automatic climate control, and a leather and chrome gear shift knob.
Rear legroom feels less than generous. The Bentley Flying Spur has plenty more interior features, making nearly limitless possibilities for customization. With the optional Mulliner package, the Flying Spur gets diamond-quilted leather, twin seven-inch LCD screens for passengers, and lambs’ wool carpeting. Options include power-adjustable rear seats with a full rear center console, a flip-down wooden picnic table for the rear passengers, and a heated steering wheel.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur comes with a six-liter, twin-turbo, V-12 gas engine rated at 552 horsepower, which provides for 479 lb-ft of torque, making this the fastest sedan on the market as of 2008. The Bentley Spur has a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and column-mounted shifter paddles. The car uses all-wheel drive.
Some of the mechanical features include a start and stop button for the engine, limited-slip differential, a traction control system, an electronic stability program, and speed-sensitive power steering. The Flying Spur comes with power ventilated front and rear disc brakes. It also includes an automatic load-leveling suspension with a manual override function.
The 2008 Bentley Continental Flying Spur comes with the standard four-wheel anti-lock brake system, driver and front-passenger frontal airbags with an occupant sensor, dual front and rear side-mounted airbags and front and rear head and side curtain airbags. The seat belts are front and rear three-point type with pretensioners. The rear doors have child safety locks, and the rear seats come equipped with child seat anchors. Other features include an emergency interior trunk release, a traction control system, stability control, and daytime running lights.
EPA Fuel Economy
Bentley Continental Flying Spur: 10/17 mpg city/highway
- Smooth ride
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