2020 Bentley Flying Spur review: A truly sublime sedan

Matthew N. Henry

There is something basically ideal about a British luxury equipment dipped in the colour eco-friendly. The shades may well transform but somehow the historic truth is that it often just functions. From the instant I 1st laid eyes on the 2020 Bentley Traveling Spur you see in this article, clad in a colour identified as Verdant, I felt all was ideal in the environment. (Editors’ be aware: This was months back, when optimism was even now doable.)


  • Shockingly deft managing
  • Limitless ability
  • Loaded with tech and characteristics
  • Championship-level ease and comfort

Never Like

  • That W12 sure is thirsty
  • Historical rear-seat tablets

But the thoroughly clean appear of this auto isn’t just about the paint, it is really also about the trim. This auto characteristics the so-identified as Blackline Specification, which turns the machine’s typical brightwork dark and creates a additional muted, modern-day appear.

So it is really a mix of the aged and the new, then, and that is the ethical of the story in this article with the 2020 Traveling Spur: A traditional manufacturer putting out a modern-day sedan into a environment ever more entire of SUVs — machines like the even bigger Bentley, the Bentayga.

So how can a auto like the new Traveling Spur contend? It can be a rough highway to climb, but it begins off nicely with an all round style and design that is putting and dynamic without having any cues that shout for your consideration. Indeed, those infinitely faceted headlights are considerably from delicate, still somehow even they seem less lurid when cloaked in darkened trim.

These lights and that nose are like those seen on the new Continental GT, previewed way back again on the 2015 EXP ten Speed 6, and appear at least as great in this article on a 4-door system. Here, it is really the much better, sharper strains that set the Traveling Spur apart, especially the crease that defines the rear fender.

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The cues are familiar sufficient to make the “Bentley” textual content throughout the rear unnecessary, still the Traveling Spur has its very own, unique form on the outside. On the inside of, matters are a bit additional familiar — classic, even — with the typical Bentley quilted leather-based and knurled switchgear easily observed. It can be cliche, but whilst you will never obtain just about anything disagreeable to touch on the inside of, that isn’t to say everything’s great.

Indeed, every little thing from the weighted steel plungers for adjusting the vents to the wonderful 3D leather-based door playing cards are elegant, but some of the technological know-how in this article is troubling. The rear seats characteristic a trio of tablets, the outer two managing Android Lollipop — now six many years and six variations aged. Their dated, clunky interfaces are a stark distinction to the modern-day phone your ordinary rear-seat inhabitant would have, but they are the only way to access the car’s infotainment program from the (otherwise stellar) back again seats.

Up entrance, the Traveling Spur’s infotainment program is functional and thoroughly clean, supplying most of the modern-day characteristics you would count on like passably great voice recognition and Apple CarPlay, but alas, no Android Automobile. The finest characteristic of the Bentley program, however, is that when you want to just relax and travel, at a touch of a button the entire 12.3-inch screen (identified as, of program, the Bentley Rotating Show) pivots and hides at the rear of the dash, changed with 3 thoroughly clean, analog gauges.


The Traveling Spur’s W12 cranks out a substantial 626 horsepower and 664 pound-toes of torque.

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When flipped like this, you begin to realize just how distracting a substantial, modern-day digital screen can be. I amazed myself by preferring to travel the auto with it tucked absent. Similarly, Bentley has carried out a fine task of creating the digital gauge cluster at the rear of the wheel appear classy and simple in spite of even now supplying all the information you will need for your travel.

And what’s it like to travel? Far more sprightly than you may possibly envision. Constructed on the exact same simple system of the Porsche Panamera, the Traveling Spur has some basically great dynamics, aided by a rear-steering program that virtually shortens the wheelbase. The outcome is considerably additional nimble than you would count on when you 1st sink into the plush driver’s seat and grip the unwanted fat, upright steering wheel.

Significantly additional keen than you may possibly count on, also, thanks to the 6.-liter W12 less than the hood. The most up-to-date flavor of this now-venerable motor is up to 626 horsepower in the 2020 Traveling Spur, paired with 664 pound-toes of torque. Tack on a easy still quick-shifting ZF 8-speed twin-clutch transmission and an 40/60 entrance/rear-break up all-wheel-travel program, and you can get your self to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Indeed, it is really legitimately quick, but each time I actually attempt to acquire edge of that efficiency, I truly feel like I’m lacking the position. It can be great to know that type of speed is on-faucet, but to me the Traveling Spur is finest relished when left in the default “Bentley” method, only labeled with a B. Here, the suspension is compliant, the transmission feels easy and all the numerous cares of the environment are just that very little bit farther absent.

Driven like this you can also have a far better opportunity of hitting the car’s EPA-rated 12 miles per gallon city and 19 mpg highway, with a put together figure of just fifteen. I actually did a bit far better, scoring seventeen mpg as I largely wafted my way as a result of my week with the auto. But, if you can afford to pay for the $214,600 starting up price of the Traveling Spur, or without a doubt the $289,850 of the auto analyzed in this article (which include a $two,725 place charge and $72,525 in selections), probabilities are you will never be also bothered by gasoline economy.

Irrespective of how you travel it, or how you spec it, the Traveling Spur is a excellent package. It can be delicate visual charm is backed by a worthwhile travel and all the polish you could want or count on. It is, then, a consummate Bentley, and the type of sedan that with any luck , will make people today believe twice right before bringing still another SUV to bear.

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