Bentley Motors is celebrating the production of the 40,000 example of the world’s most successful luxury sports sedan, the Bentley Flying Spur. The iconic vehicle has been in production since 2005, and has been through quite a few iterations since it first rolled off the assembly line, so much so that even the name has changed over the years.
The illustrious history of the Bentley Flying Spur dates back to 1952, when Chief Designer, J.P. Blatchley, and engineer, Ivan Evernden, collaborated on an unofficial project to restore Bentley to the pinnacle of Grand Touring. Their design was based around the marque’s 180 bhp 4.9-litre straight six engine that would be replaced in 1959 with a 6320cc V8.
Bentley revived the Continental Flying Spur name in 2005, as a four-door version of the Continental GT coupe in the true spirit of the name. The new model was available with a W12 engine and all-wheel drive and could reach a top speed of 312km/h, combining luxury and performance in ways never seen before.
Originally called the Continental Flying Spur, the vehicle has evolved into to Flying Spur to further distinguish it from the Continental GT. The model has consistently delivered a perfect fusion of performance-orientated agility and exclusive four-door, limousine-style comfort.
Over the years the Flying Spur has satisfied both driver and passengers alike in a manner that no other car can. Seamlessly integrating the very best in British craftsmanship with cutting-edge, innovative technology. The third-generation Flying Spur has become the new Bentley flagship and proudly been hailed as “the best new car in world”.
With an astonishing 40,000 Flying Spurs being produced in the last 15 years, approximately 50 per cent have been commissioned by customers in Bentley’s two biggest markets, that being the Chinese and American regions. Bentley’s home market, the UK, makes up 10 percent of the overall purchases, with the final 40 percent of sales going to motoring enthusiasts in the Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific market.
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