Bentley Tests Flying Spur Prototype in Scandinavia
|   Monday, April 08, 2013
The Scandinavian winter is the best time for testing the winter endurance capacity of any prototype vehicle as the sub zero temperature, real world condition and empty roads present the perfect setting for car tests. Nonetheless, some of the best vehicles in the world today have been tested at the same location as prototypes and Bentley is the first and foremost name that comes to the mind when exclusivity is the primary target.

The new Bentley Continental Flying Spur is currently in its prototype stage and the fine tuning is being done to this vehicle to make it production ready by May this year.
Known as the VFF prototype, the Flying Spur has concluded all its tests apart from the winter endurance which is currently being performed on the vehicle.


The first glimpse of the VFF prototype was made public a few months before and this four door coupe has managed to attract instant attention. The production standard cars are expected to be available by the end of the year and the first batch of cars is to be shipped specifically to the customers by year end. However, before the vehicle is sent to production, a host of mechanical changes is to be made. Most of the parts used in the Spur are new and this vehicle is based on completely new technology.

The A pillars on the upper body feature a new design and the interior and most of the upholstery and seats are borrowed from the Mulsanne. Although it may seem awkward that the mechanical components of the vehicle is yet to be fine tuned just three months pre production, Bentley has designed the vehicle in a manner such that it is able to be fine tuned later in post production.

The Flying Spur is unique in more ways than one. The engineering team has been working together on this vehicle since the design was first conceived and the vehicle has evolved a long way from what it actually used to be. The twin turbo W12 engine on this vehicle displaces 616 BHP.

The standard equipment on this vehicle consists of an air conditioning device, apart from electric seat heaters and ventilation. The vehicle is set to be available in the Chinese market as well and most of the features have been developed keeping in mind the needs of the Chinese market. Fuel efficiency has been enhanced by eight percent and the cold weather is the perfect place to test the winter endurance of this vehicle.

The European winter is one of the harshest and the Bentley needs to survive the condition. Bentley is happy with the way the Flying Spur has evolved to be and the engineers and designers have put in lots of effort to shape the vehicle. The proto type needs some more work and it could be some time before the final version of the model is showcased. The engine is refined and the vehicle is the perfect example of the exclusivity associated with Bentley.
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