..featured here is the 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Series 51..very nice indeed..pics, specs, and commentary courtesy of MotorTrend.
Now for the price. Base price for a Flying Spur is $189,795 including destination and $3000 gas-guzzler tax. The base price for the Exige, Evora and all three Minis comes to $208,190 including destination. However, the Flying Spur tested here is not a run of the mill, two in every Marks & Spencer’s parking lot Bentley. This particular car is a Flying Spur Series 51, which includes special granite finish 9-spoke wheels and 2-tone interior done in fabulous aquamarine and tan. The rest can be summed up with quilting, piping, embroidering, stitching, contrasting and plaquarding. Everything included in the Series 51 package adds a mere $9070 to the sticker price, but we aren’t done yet. The Naim Premium Audio System which sounds better than a choir of brokers with good news comes in at $7180. Convenience Specification is another $5785, while the three-spoke steering wheel (also in aquamarine) is $1465. Chrome inlays in the door are $1095, an alloy fuel filler cap is $305. A small price to pay in order to let the butler who’s filling The Spur know how much you care. Deep pile carpet mats, straight out of a 1980s bordello are $470. Lastly, the Madrona wood veneer, which shines in a swirled orangish-pinkish lacquered-Spam brilliance sets you back an additional $1625. Bringing the grand total with destination, gas-guzzler and free balloons for the kids, to $216,790 out the door. For those keeping score, that is $8600 more than the punter’s plate of five fine English cars.
BASE PRICE $184,200 PRICE AS TESTED $216,970 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 6.0L/552-hp/479-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 48-valve W-12 TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5557 lb (56/44%) WHEELBASE 120.7 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 208.3 x 77.8 x 58.1 in 0-60 MPH 4.8 sec QUARTER MILE 13.4 sec @ 104.8 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 114 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.85 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.6 sec @ 0.67 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON 11/19 mpg ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 306/177 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS 1.43 lb/mile