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2021 Bentley Flying Spur review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Soaring high

Doesn't matter what version of its car you're stepping into, you always know you're going to get exceptional quality from Bentley. This 2021 Flying Spur - the latest iteration of its flagship vehicle - is no exception. In fact, the British carmaker has delivered the most perfect version to date. Trying to find fault is a fruitless task. Even the price tag is on point for this dream machine.

Design tweaks to the traditional look of the Flying Spur has given it a sleeker, more aggressive appearance. It has curves in all the right places that not only make it more eye-catching, but also faster thanks to the rejigged aerodynamics. Not that you'll get to see much more than a blur when it gets up to its almost unbelievable 306 km/h. Yup, it definitely has the grunt under the curvaceous bonnet, especially with the W12 engine in the one I tested.

In Pictures. 2021 Bentley Flying Spur

Photos. Bentley Middle East

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Supplied The Flying Spur ornament sinks into hood when the doors are locked

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Supplied The Flying Spur ornament sinks into hood when the doors are locked

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Supplied Longer than before, but also faster

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Supplied An interior fit for royalty

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Supplied An interior fit for royalty

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Supplied Supreme comfort in the hand-stitched leather seats

Specifications

Engine

6.0l W12 twin-turbo

Power

635 bhp

Torque

900nm

Transmission

Automatic

0-100 kmh

3.8 seconds

Top Speed

306 km/h

Price

From AED 830,000

Spur'd on

Whether you'd behind the wheel or sat in the back - with your own built-in fridge - you definitely feel the supreme leather of luxury. The hand-stitched leather seats are incredibly welcoming and comfortable and there's ample leg space for all.

For anyone that has had the pleasure of driving the Bentley Continental GT, you'll be familiar with the feel when you're at the steering wheel of this. For starters, it feels sporty. Although it has looks a statesman-like, fancy vehicle - and is longer than its predecessors - the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur can still shift. It quickly cranks through the gears when you stick your foot down and doesn't feel as heavy as the 3,000 kg weight suggests. Even nimbly picking our way through a packed mall carpark felt far less of a nervy experience as we imagined.

Again, the Bentley mode default offers a comfortable, yet exciting ride that makes full use of the double-clutch system on the open roads. But it's when the car is in Sport that gets the adrenaline coursing through your veins. It lurches up to speed with a ferocity that's moreish, and had me stomping the pedal frequently for kicks. And all the while the cockpit stays relatively silent as you hurtle along at speed.

Supplied It's absolutely gorgeous in racing green

Smooth operator

As I said at the start, there's nothing to fault with this Flying Spur. As far as luxury sedans go, this is the benchmark and then some. Everything about it has been designed to make you feel great when you step inside it. From the satisfying sound of the doors closing, the Flying Spur on the bonnet rising up when you unlock the car and the central console that switches to reveal traditional dials or a hi-def screen, it all comes together to create an amazing vehicle.

The 2021 Bentley Flying Spur is a revelation and worth every single dirham you'd spend on one.

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