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2022 Bentley Flying Spur

Starting at $200,825

10/10 C/D RATING
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10/10 C/D RATING

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  • Highs Opulent cabin, athletic handling for a luxury sedan, few cars are as impressive as a Bentley.
  • Lows Eye-popping price tag, 12-cylinder engine guzzles gas, surprisingly few standard driver-assistance features.
  • Verdict Whether you're being chauffeured or you're doing the chauffeuring, the Flying Spur delivers an ultra-luxurious experience and a commanding road presence.
By Drew Dorian


Even though it's built from the ground up to pamper its passengers, the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur also has an athletic chassis to entertain the driver. A trio of engine choices—including a new plug-in hybrid—provide seemingly endless power, and its adept handling turns lazy weekend cruises into joyful driving experiences. The cabin delights the senses with high-end leathers, woods, and metal accents intermingled with modern-day technology and conveniences. The rear seat is particularly relaxing, especially when equipped with luxury features such as rear bucket seats, which offer power adjustments and heated armrests. However, the Flying Spur's unbeatable blend of luxury and performance comes with an eye-watering six-figure price tag, and that's before you start tacking on customization options from Bentley's Mulliner line of personalization features.

What's New for 2022?

A plug-in hybrid powertrain joins the lineup for 2022 and provides 536 horsepower from a combination of a twin-turbo V-6 and an electric motor. The hybrid powertrain is said to provide electric-only driving thanks to its 14.1-kWh battery pack, but EV-range should be fairly limited. Buyers of the Flying Spur hybrid may have to point out their environmental friendliness to their friends at the country club, though, as Bentley has done little to differentiate the car from its V-8- and W-12-powered family members.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

$190,000 (est)

    Upgrading from the base V-8 engine to the more powerful W-12 is an easy choice from our perspective. Bentley customers can choose from one of several curated themes, such as Cool Harmony, Storm Noir, or Alter Ego when ordering their Flying Spur, but we'd suggest going with a fully bespoke build to make it uniquely yours. A seemingly endless array of exterior colors and styling choices await you in the Bentley Mulliner customization program. The same goes for interior appointments, which can include several different types of wood, different-colored leather, and polished metal accents. Upgrading from the standard City Specification to Touring Specification adds several driver-assistance features, and there's even an optional refrigerated compartment to keep your champagne cool.

    Engine, Transmission, and Performance

    All Flying Spurs come with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a powerful twin-turbocharged engine. A 542-hp V-8 is standard, but we'd suggest upgrading to the 626-hp W-12 engine. With 12 cylinders under the hood, the Flying Spur never wants for power. In fact, it can show its taillights to many top-tier sports cars in a drag race. At our test track, it leapt to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The V-8-powered model delivered an identical 3.5-second zero-to-60-mph run, but the W-12 is slightly quicker to 100 mph and through the quarter-mile. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is also available and combines a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 with an electric motor for a combined 536 horses and 553 pound-feet of torque. At our test track, the PHEV snapped off a quick 3.9-second run to 60 mph, just a few tenths off the quicker V-8 and W-12 cars. When we took the Flying Spur for a brief drive near Monaco, we found it to be a far more athletic driver than we anticipated. Credit for that agility must go to the sedan's adaptive suspension and rear-wheel-steering system. Back in our home state of Michigan, the Flying Spur repeated its performance from our earlier drive and provided a much needed respite from the cratered roads that plague the area near our editorial office.

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      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      The Flying Spur's fuel-economy estimates from the EPA look as though they're for a pickup truck rather than a sedan, earning 12 mpg city and 19 highway with the W-12 engine under the hood. Fuel-economy ratings for the V-8-powered variant come in at 15 mpg city and 20 highway. The Flying Spur's chief rival—the Rolls-Royce Ghost—doesn't fare any better at the pump. The Flying Spur hybrid is rated at 19 mpg combined, with an estimated electric driving range of 21 miles on a single charge. In our testing, the plug-in hybrid model far exceeded its estimated electric driving range by motoring on for 35 miles of highway before needing to activate the gas engine. For more information about the Flying Spur's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      Sumptuous leather, genuine wood trim, and real metal accents line the Flying Spur's interior. In the front or back, there's plenty of space for adults to stretch out and enjoy the luxurious environs. Bentley's interior designers managed to preserve the brand's prim and proper styling while incorporating modern tech features. A remote touchscreen controller mounted to the rear of the center console allows rear-seat riders to adjust certain things without asking the driver for assistance. For instance, you can use it to open and close the window shades, adjust the cabin climate, and activate the rear-seat massagers. A generously sized trunk offers plenty of space for luggage, cases of champagne, or a day's worth of impulse shopping on Rodeo Drive.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      A large 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is nicely situated between large swaths of wood trim on the Flying Spur's dashboard. For a price, Bentley will swap the static infotainment screen with a rotating display that will—as you may have guessed—rotate the screen into the dashboard and bring up a wood panel featuring three analog dials (an outside-temperature gauge, a clock, and a compass). Passengers can connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot, and those with compatible smartphones will enjoy the Spur's Apple CarPlay integration. Bentley provides a 10-speaker stereo system standard but will install one of two premium audio systems for more coin. Buyers may upgrade to either the 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen setup or the 19-speaker Naim system with illuminated speaker grilles.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      Bentley offers several driver-assistance features; unfortunately, many of them cost extra. For more information about the Flying Spur's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Standard forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection
      • Available automated emergency braking
      • Available adaptive cruise control and night vision

      Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

      Bentley offers a three-year warranty with the purchase of a new model, but unlike plans from more mainstream luxury brands, there's no mileage limit. Rolls-Royce offers a similar service but extends to its customers four years of coverage. Furthermore, Rolls-Royce offers four years of complimentary scheduled maintenance while Bentley covers only one.

      • Limited warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
      • Powertrain warranty covers three years and unlimited miles
      • Complimentary maintenance is covered for one year or 10,000 miles



      2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid
      Vehicle Type: front-engine, mid-motor, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan

      Base/As Tested: $213,325/$281,825

      twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve 2.9-liter V-6, 410 hp, 406 lb-ft + AC motor, 134 hp, 295 lb-ft (combined output: 536 hp, 553 lb-ft; 15.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack; 7.2-kW onboard charger)
      Transmission: 8-speed dual-clutch automatic

      Suspension, F/R: control arms/multilink
      Brakes, F/R: 16.5-in vented disc/15.0-in vented disc
      Tires: Pirelli P Zero PZ4
      F: 275/35ZR-22 104Y Extra Load B
      R: 315/30ZR-22 107Y Extra Load B

      Wheelbase: 125.8 in
      Length: 209.3 in
      Width: 77.9 in
      Height: 58.4 in
      Passenger Volume: 102 ft3
      Trunk Volume: 12 ft3
      Curb Weight: 5754 lb

      60 mph: 3.9 sec
      100 mph: 9.4 sec
      1/4-Mile: 12.3 sec @ 114 mph
      130 mph: 16.1 sec
      Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
      Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 sec
      Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
      Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.0 sec
      Braking, 70–0 mph: 158 ft
      Braking, 100–0 mph: 312 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.90 g

      Observed: 25 MPGe
      75-mph Highway Driving, EV/Hybrid Mode: 76 MPGe/28 mpg
      75-mph Highway Range, EV/Hybrid mode: 35/580 mi

      Combined/City/Highway: 19/17/22 mpg
      Combined Gasoline + Electricity: 46 MPGe
      EV Range: 21 mi

      2021 Bentley Flying Spur V-8

      front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door sedan

      $265,565 (base price: $199,725)

      twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
      Displacement: 244 in3, 3996 cm3

      Power: 542 hp @ 6000 rpm

      Torque: 568 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

      8-speed dual-clutch automatic

      Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
      Brakes (F/R): 16.5-in vented disc/15.0-in vented disc
      Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season, Size F: 275/35R-22 104W M+S B R: 315/30R-22 107W M+S B

      Wheelbase: 125.7 in
      Length: 209.3 in
      Width: 77.9 in
      Height: 58.4 in
      Passenger volume: 104 ft3
      Cargo volume: 15 ft3
      Curb weight: 5474 lb

      60 mph: 3.5 sec
      100 mph: 9.0 sec
      1/4 mile: 12.0 sec @ 115 mph
      130 mph: 15.7 sec
      Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.2 sec.
      Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.6 sec
      Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.4 sec
      Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.2 sec
      Braking, 70–0 mph: 168 ft
      Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.94 g

      Observed: 17 mpg

      Combined/city/highway: 17/15/20 mpg 


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