Our tester is taking the spacious and luxurious Bentley Flying Spur out for a spin.
This extravagant sedan boasts adjustable air suspension and four-wheel drive. It's an entry-level Bentley,
Car tester Reinhold Deisenhofer says the car's name is steeped in tradition. It's almost banal to mention the sedan's 6-liter, 12-cylinder engine with an output of 632 horsepower. Its powertrain is practically inaudible as the Bentley glides along majestically.
In Germany, this luxurious sedan will set you back 191,000 EUROS. All Bentleys are characterized by a quietly elegant exterior. The grille and headlights are kept in a classical design. It's powerful yet quiet 12-cylinder engine is tucked away underneath the hood. Producing a maximum torque of 800 Newton metres from 2000 rpm, it's enough to leave any competitor in the dust.
But the Bentley is not just a smooth ride. It's a racer as well. In just four seconds, it can hit 100 kilometres per hour. And with a top speed of 322 kilometres an hour it, outshines many of its high-horsepower competitors.
At five metres 30 length, passengers have ample space in the rear, says Reinhold. And 625 horsepower make for exciting driving. This Bentley allows for luxurious high-speed commutes. Even though competition is fierce, few other cars offer the same speed and agility. Bentley claims the Flying Spur uses 15 litres per 100 kilometres on average. This proved accurate, says Reinhold, but only when driving very slowly.
So which part of the car's interior is most appealing? Only the finest materials are used on the inside. For instance, 17 different types of leather are on offer.
Passengers in the rear also enjoy an extensive multimedia system. Along with ample space and seats as comfortable as sofas, the car's rear seat leaves little to be desired.
The Flying Spur was built for those who want to drive it themselves. Its suspension transforms the 2-point-5 tonne vehicle into a reasonable sports car. It masters country road curves almost as well as a Golf. And always remains quiet doing so - unless it's fully loaded. The only downside, says Reinhold, is that the sat nav system needs surprisingly long to start up.