Bentley Continental Flying Spur--Chicago Cars Direct
Detailed walkaround and test drive of a 2006 Bentley Flying Spur with Chris
at Chicago Cars Direct.
For roughly 40 nights a year, a small patch of blacktop in Downtown Los
Angeles becomes the most sought after real estate in Southern California.
It's a parking lot across the street from the Staples Center, home of the
L.A. Lakers NBA team, and unless you're a season ticket holder or Kobe
Bryant's mother you're not getting in. Or so we thought.
We drive by to get a look before the game. There's a half million dollars'
worth of cars in the front row alone, and a stone-faced attendant at the
gate. Under normal circumstances we would have kept right on going, but
we're driving a 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur sedan so we try our
luck and turn in.
The attendant takes one look at the car, smiles and waves us through the
gate like he was expecting us. We try not to look surprised when he directs
us into a space between a Ferrari F430 and an Aston Martin DB9. Another
security guard standing watch assures us the Spur will be safe. Neither one
asks to see our tickets.
Just a few years ago this glimpse into how the other half lives would have
never happened. Back then, Bentleys looked old and were driven by people
who looked even older. Other than the Bentley name, the cars didn't have
much going for them.
The Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a different story. It looks modern
and powerful and has the performance to match. Its $165,000 base price
makes it less expensive than the older Arnage flagship, but it's the Flying
Spur that gets people's attention.
Bentley owes all of its newfound popularity to Volkswagen. The General
Motors of Germany took over Bentley in 1999, giving the British marque
access to a new engines, chassis, and suspensions. Not to mention plenty of
And Bentley wasn't shy about using its new resources. According to its
window sticker, 55 percent of the Flying Spur's parts come from Germany,
many of them borrowed from Volkswagen's own Phaeton luxury sedan.
At over 208 inches, the Flying Spur is 5 inches longer than the Phaeton and
3 inches longer than the 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550. The Bentley shares the
same height and width as the new S-Class, but the Mercedes rides on a
Compared to Bentley's Continental GT coupe, the Flying Spur has identical
styling up front. Other than the obvious addition of its rear doors, the
Flying Spur differs from the coupe mostly through its softer, straighter
lines down the sides and in back. It's not as instantly recognizable as the
GT, but it looks right for a sedan in this class.
Determining which class isn't easy. Top-of-the-line Audi and BMW sedans
barely crack $125,000 and Maserati's Quattroporte doesn't even top
$100,000. Ultraluxury models like the Maybach 57 and Rolls-Royce Phantom
cost more than twice as much. The Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG will be similar in
price and performance when it goes on sale this summer, but until then the
Flying Spur sits somewhere in the middle when it comes to high-dollar
Don't call it a Volkswagen
The extra $65 grand the Flying Spur commands over the top-of-the-line
Phaeton gets you more than a reskinned Volkswagen. Both cars use
Volkswagen's 6.0-liter W12 engine, but the Bentley version has twin turbochargers, specially developed pistons and
reworked cylinder heads.
The result is 552 horsepower at 6,100 rpm
compared to the Phaeton's 444 horses. Bentley's engineers also tuned the
Flying Spur's engine to deliver its 479 pound-feet of torque at just 1,600
rpm. Continuously variable valve timing helps smooth out the power delivery
and earn the engine Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) certification.
All that low-end torque makes the Flying Spur perform like it weighs only 2
tons instead of nearly 3. Our test car took just 4.8 seconds to reach 60
mph from a stop and 13.1 seconds to cover the quarter-mile. The Ferrari we
parked next to is only two-tenths of a second quicker to 60.
Bentley's kind of power
The Flying Spur doesn't jump off the line, though. The throttle reacts
softly, as if the engineers were worried that 552 hp might be too much to
handle all at once. It could be if the Spur was as ferocious off the line
as most other 500-plus-hp cars, but it's not.
Permanent all-wheel drive is one reason. You could mat the pedal in a
downpour and still not slip a tire. Its six-speed automatic transmission
has a short 1st-gear ratio and even that's not enough to make the Spur feel
anything but perfectly civilized under full acceleration.
There are steering-wheel paddle shifters if you're up to changing gears
yourself. They're not easy to reach, not quick to shift and they don't
match engine speed when you downshift. In other words, they're useless for
anything but showing off.
2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 A2316
If you are looking for one of the classiest Mercedes on the market, this is
it. First of all, I am sure that looks mean a lot to you. Why else would
you be searching for the pinnacle of distinction and class: this
outstanding 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550? Along with the never to be mistaken
good looks, come the exclusive navigation system, parktronic, rear shade,
and Harman/Kardon Logic7 sound system. Who could ask for anything more? And
with the world renown safety history of the Mercedes-Benz, every time you
sit at the steering wheel, gazing through the windshield, the front hood
ornament will remind you that you are being carried around by the "Star of
the Road," the Mercedes Benz S550! Let me take you on a tour around your
EXTERIOR: The exterior paint is BLACK which is a clean, sleek color and
radiates elegance and beauty. The often imitated shape of the S550 looks
amazing as it seems to float down the road. Don't take "float" to mean that
it moves without power. The smooth ride is in addition to the exciting
power of its 7-speed automatic 5.5 L 32 valve V8 engine with 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of
torque! What does this mean? It means that you'll be driving a vehicle with
super sport ability getting you to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds. The
exquisite lines cascade down from the top to the expansive hood which
bridges the front end grille. You'll also appreciate the power side mirrors
which are also power folding, memory equipped, heated, and the right mirror
park assists by tilting down to help you see the ground! The bi-xenon HID
headlamps really light up the front end at night and add to the overall
safety. Your new Mercedes is equipped with 18" alloy wheels with tires that
are in great shape. The windows have noise insulating and
infrared-reflective glass so that the harsh sun's elements wont be as
harmful to you and your passengers. Additionally, the rain sensing
windshield wipers are a also great feature. There's not a soul who will
confuse this car with anything less than a world class automobile. This car
also has most of its 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, powertrain, and
INTERIOR: Try to picture what you will experience when you get into this
car. The first thing that greets you is the extremely satisfying BLACK
color scheme. You will enjoy the plush comfort of the soft, supple
perforated leather seats. They, as well as the carpeting and factory mats
are in wonderful condition. The fit of the leather is quite pleasing, and
the look of the hand polished wood trim inlays will remind you how wise a
choice you made investing in this automobile! One of the key features of
this car is the COMMAND cockpit management system with 20GB hard drive
based DVD GPS navigation system with 8" color LCD screen and 20GB onboard
hard disk. Also housed in the same unit are the controls for the superb
Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 sound system with 14 speakers, 6-disc CD changer, 5.1
channel amplifier, and digital dynamic volume control. The wood and leather
wrapped steering wheel (a $550 factory upgrade) features controls for the
audio as well as phone, voice, and multifunction display plus it has shift
buttons for when you want to take over manual control of the gears. The
automatic dual zone climate control will help keep you and your passengers
comfortable. To also help with comfort, the driver's seat is heated! This
Mercedes presents some of the following features to make your ride relaxing
yet invigorating: 14-way power adjustable front bucket seats with
pneumatically adjustable lumbar support, electronic trunk closer, power
sunroof, power rear sun shade, multi-function display (odometer, trip
computer, oil level, radio/CD/phone status), HomeLink garage door control,
cruise control, tire pressure monitoring system, SmartKey system,
auto-dimming memory rearview mirror, front seatback magazine pockets, and
plenty of cupholders. Also, your new Mercedes comes with a complete set of
factory mats and two keys with built-in remotes.
SAFETY: Some of the safety features to keep you safe in your great new S550
are: ABS brakes, driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags, side impact
body protection airbags, head curtain airbags, night security illumination,
PRE-SAFE feature (helps prepare occupants for a possible collision by
tightening front seat belts, adjusts all power seats and if a possible
rollover occurs, will close sunroof), LATCH tether system, three-point
seatbelts, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and anti-theft alarm system.
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class (Top Gear) HQ
At this time - Clarkson tests the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class both as a
review and to show what features most new cars will have in ten years as
has historically happened. I'm sure - he loved this car!
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2008 Mercedes-Benz S550/ Quick Drive
Cars.com's Mike Hanley takes a look at the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S550. It
competes with the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series.
Shot and produced by: Sarah Gersh
Edited by: Lindsay Bjerregaard