Leading luxury-lifestyle US publication Robb Report named the Bentley Flying Spur as among its Best Cars of the Year for 2020, with the ultra-luxurious sedan landing in the media group’s 32nd Annual Best of the Best list.
In its announcement, Robb Report cited only one model for each vehicle segment in Best Cars of the Year—contenders are no longer identified. The all-new Flying Spur was singled out among sedans.
While recognizing that “quick, capable luxury sedans are not as rare” as one might think, Robb Report also wrote; “The real challenge in this arena is offering a sense of glamour. Elevated performance and whispery isolation are quantifiable, but creating presence and a sense of occasion requires an alchemy of intangibles.
“Bentley’s new Flying Spur excels on all fronts,” Robb Report said.
First shown in the second half of 2019, the all-new Flying Spur has already collected several awards, including Luxury Car of the Year. Bentley started manufacturing the car in November last year at its factory in Crewe, England.
The all-new Flying Spur is the ultimate luxury Grand Touring sedan as it blends performance and limousine-levels of comfort. New from the ground up, the four-door car seamlessly integrates the very best in British craftsmanship with cutting-edge, innovative features.
Powering the all-new Flying Spur is an enhanced version of Bentley’s 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12, which is mated to an advanced dual-clutch, eight-speed transmission that promises faster, smoother gear changes. This new engine allows the car to accelerate from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and to a top speed of nearly 350 km/h.
The all-new Flying Spur is the first Bentley to be fitted with electronic all-wheel steering, which is combined with an active all-wheel drive system and the Bentley Dynamic Ride—the world’s first 48-volt electric anti-roll system—to deliver phenomenal handling and ride.
The interior design of the all-new Flying Spur is defined by a new wing-themed fascia that connects the front and rear spaces, creating a completely integrated style. Plus, the cabin incorporates sustainable, natural, authentic materials while embracing a host of new technologies.
Robb Report also noted that beyond the empirical abilities of the all-new Flying Spur are “the toniest of trappings,” citing in particular the sedan’s three-dimensional leather quilting and Bentley’s revolving display which alternates between a digital touch screen, analog gauges or a wood veneer blending into its surroundings. The publication concluded the sedan represents the pinnacle of modern luxury.