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.
2012 BMW M6 Convertible Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Review
Hello and welcome to Saabkyle04! YouTube's largest collection of automotive
variety! In today's video, we'll take an up close and personal, in depth
look at the 2012 BMW M6 Convertible. The Coupe will be released this fall
as a 2013 model.
MSRP Pricing for the new M6 convertible starts around $113,000
this particular one was around $120,000
Pricing for the coupe to be released later this year starts around $106,000
During this presentation, we will take a 1st person look at what the
vehicle is all about beginning with the start up, performance data, fuel
economy, the occasional track data, and build quality. Also, I will teach
you how to use most of the interior and exterior features in a detailed
fashion, that before, you could only get from going to a dealership
yourself! Throughout the video, I will highlight key styling and unique
differences about the vehicle, any available options, and of course it
would not be an enthusiast car video without the good ole engine portion
with rev and Exhaust note with
interior and exterior perspectives. A thorough tour/review of this car
designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
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2009 BMW M6 Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
Being that this video was made around the time I really first started
filming these tours, I suggest everyone also check out my much newer High
Definition video on the 2010 M6 Coupe. More informative, better edited,
more Exhaust shots performance data,
feature demos, etc. My style has really evolved over time. Just follow
this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH6F3UUw3ZY
Unless you want to watch this one too, in that case that's cool :)
In this video I give a full in depth tour on a 2009 BMW M6 convertible. I
take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car
while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling
cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it,
start it up and get an Exhaust clup.
A through review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
BMW M3 Competition SMG Coupe--Chicago Cars Direct
Detailed walkaround and test drive of a 2006 BMW M3 Competition Coupe with
SMG Transmission presented by Chris Moran of Chicago Cars Direct.
With colors like Laguna Seca Blue and Imola Red, there's no question as to
where the BMW M3's aspirations lie. These famous racetracks would be
fitting playgrounds for any car that promises such stratospheric levels of
power and handling.
Whether blasting up Tamburello at Imola or diving into the corkscrew at
Laguna Seca, few cars in the world could attack a road course with the
tenacity of those wearing the "M" badge of BMW's Motorsport division. Until
the 2001 model year, we had to deal with the fact that as much as we loved
those Motorsport machines, our European counterparts were getting versions
far more powerful than ours. Their M3s boasted 317 horsepower, while ours made
do with just 240. Not that we were complaining.
Even with its detuned engine, the previous-generation M3 was still one of
the best performance coupes available anywhere. But the grass is always
greener on the other side, and U.S. enthusiasts couldn't help but wonder
just how much better the M3 was in its Euro-spec trim. With the
introduction of the current-generation BMW M3 for the 2001 model year,
drivers had to wonder no more. The M3 is now the same whether you buy it in
Stuttgart or San Francisco. Better yet, it's been blessed with an even more
powerful 333-hp engine, a sturdier, more responsive suspension and slinkier
bodywork that, we think, makes it one of the most stunning cars on the
Like so many ultrahigh-performance cars of today, finding the limit of the
M3's abilities takes more than just an empty road and the guts to hold the
pedal down longer than usual. Fortunately, the 2006 BMW M3 gets along just
fine in suburban environments, though be forewarned that the ride walks a
very fine line between all-out performance and day-to-day drivability.
Enthusiasts will find it pleasantly firm, but poseurs had better hold on to
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2006 BMW M3 in offered in both coupe and convertible form. Standard
features on the coupe include 18-inch wheels with Z-rated rubber, automatic
climate control, 10-way adjustable sport seats, leather and cloth
upholstery, one-touch power windows, heated power mirrors, a CD player, an
auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers and
keyless entry. The convertible adds power seat adjustments and full leather
upholstery; these items are optional on the coupe. Additionally, the drop
top comes with a fully automatic soft top (with heated rear glass); a
removable hardtop is available. There are a number of option packages
available, the most interesting of these being the Competition Package,
which outfits the coupe with some of the performance upgrades from the
coveted European-market M3 CSL, including 19-inch forged alloy wheels,
larger Michelin tires, stiffer shocks and springs, a quicker steering
ratio, upgraded brake pads and rotors, a less intrusive M Track mode for
the stability control system, and unique Alcantara and aluminum interior
trim. Choosing this package deletes cruise control and steering wheel audio
controls. Among the other extras are a sunroof, seat heaters, HID
headlights, a navigation system, a premium sound system, parking sensors,
BMW Assist and an alarm system.
Powertrains and Performance
The BMW M3 is propelled by a potent 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine rated at
333 horsepower and
262 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard,
while a six-speed sequential manual gearbox (SMG) is offered as an option.
The SMG offers both manual and automatic driving modes, and although it is
by definition a manual transmission, its clutch is electronically
controlled, such that there's no clutch pedal. Drivers can use either
steering column-mounted paddles or the shift lever to change gears in
manual mode. Unlike other systems, SMG allows you to alter the quickness of
the shifts, and in its most aggressive shift program, it's said to be faster than Ferrari's Formula One
Safety features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control,
front side-impact airbags, head curtain airbags for the front (coupe only)
and a rollover protection system (convertible only); rear side-impact bags
are optional. The BMW 3 Series earned a "Good" rating from the IIHS in
40-mph frontal-offset crash testing.