Best Of The Best 2006: Bent On Driving

Bentley’s Continental GT is a four-seat two-door. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a four-seat four-door. Assumption: Bentley is trading on the success of the GT by cutting two more holes in its fuselage, installing a brace of doors, and calling it the Flying Spur.

Wrong. Although the Spur shares 60 percent of its mechanicals with the GT, it is almost two feet longer and three inches taller than the GT. All that extra room proves that the Spur is a large, triple-distilled, opera-attending luxury sedan, while the Continental GT is the smaller, fun-loving roué.

Despite a three-ton bulk and 17-foot length, the Spur will outrun a cheetah, because up front is a biturbo W-12 developing 552 hp. A top speed of 195 mph makes it the quickest street car ever built by Bentley. And it goes without saying—but we’ll say it anyway—that the $165,000 Flying Spur is faithful to every essence of the big, suave, opulent, fast, rather exclusive, terribly handsome, and very British Bentleys.

Bentley Motors
www.bentleymotors.com

Photo by Oli Tennent
The aerodynamic sports car looks to impress both on the track and during everyday driving…
The one-off 550 Italia prototype mates a Fiat 500 body with a Ferrari 458 Italia engine…
Limited to 50 examples, the supercar features design details found on McLaren’s 1995 Le Mans–...
The global program will feature top models from Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini…
Cadillac hopes to take on its Germans competitors with its first modern full-size flagship…
Photo by Mercedes-Benz USA
The new cars expand the marque’s C-Class offerings…
The daylong event will include exhibitions, rides, and live entertainment…
A hand-embroidered silk interior, ruby-set dials, and mother-of-pearl paint set this Phantom apart...
Photo by David Dewhurst Photography
The all-new design is aimed at the hip crowd, but loyalists may balk…
Photo by 2014 Infiniti
The QX50’s size increase promises a roomy ride for passengers…