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 cash.
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 4-inch-longer wheelbase.
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 luxury sedans.
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.
2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
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Ford Mustang **Roush 427 R** **435 Horsepower** Chicago Cars Direct HD
Test drive of a stunning Supercharged 427R Stage 3 Roush Mustang from Chicago Cars Direct.
Jack Roush knows a thing or two about racing and Mustangs. His road racing career
includes more than 110 wins and 20 national championships, and this vast
expertise is evident throughout the ROUSH 427R Trak Pak.
Designed for the daily driver who enjoys pushing his car to the limits on
open track days, the ROUSH 427R Trak Pak Mustang has plenty of specialized
content to accommodate the unique needs of those who like driving up to the
edge on the racetrack in a safe, controlled environment.
With the addition of the intercooled ROUSHcharger™ the 427R Trak Pak Mustang has 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft.
of torque, plenty of power to quickly get up to speed on the straightaways.
The cooling system has been enhanced with a black bar high flow front
grille and radiator cooling shields. There is a functional strut tower
brace under the hood to help strengthen the chassis and decrease unwanted
The suspension system has been completely revamped to easily manage the
twists and turns of a road course. The ROUSH 427R Trak Pak suspension
includes adjustable front and rear shocks, front and rear springs, front
and rear stabilization bars, front and rear jounce bumpers and adjustable
To whoa this pony down ROUSH adds 6-piston front calipers with 14-inch,
two-piece slotted front rotors and slotted rear rotors. The brake pads are
replaced with high-performance racing quality versions, and the new ROUSH
brake cooling system and high temperature brake fluid will ensure that the
brakes will be ready when you need them the most.
The ROUSH three-piece aerobody kit gives the car a menacing look as it
roars past the other cars on the track, and consists of a front fascia,
front chin spoiler and hood scoop. The car rides on 18-inch forged wheels
painted a dark charcoal and mounted to ultra-performance tires for maximum
grip on the racetrack. The functional hood pins, unique graphics and
badging add to the overall styling of the car.
Inside the cockpit the driver will immediately notice the addition of the
new three-gauge dash pod with engine oil temperature, coolent temperature
and a Boost gauge. A shift light has
also been integrated into this dash pod as well. The ROUSH sport leather
seating, short throw shifter with retro-style ball, and four-piece
performance pedal kit help to round out the interior styling.
The number 427 has been intertwined in the Ford product line for many
years, both as a car model and one of the most powerful and legendary
engines in their line. It is only natural that ROUSH, as perhaps the best
Ford engine builder in the country, is the company to reintroduce the
number to the automotive lexicon using modern engine technology.
Based on the acclaimed ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang, this version is slightly
less in content but includes 100 percent of the fun factor. The 427R horsepower package is
highlighted by the intercooled ROUSHcharger* system which adds 135 horsepower and 65 lb-ft of
torque to the base Ford 4.6L, 3-valve V8 powertrain system. The additional
power upgrade comes via a ROUSH-engineered ECM calibration which has been
specially-tuned to work in harmony with the different Exhaust system used on the vehicle. The
resulting total power rating for this vehicle is 435hp and 400 lb-ft of
Further adding to the style and performance of the 2008 ROUSH 427R is a
four-piece aerobody kit which includes a stylized front fascia, front chin
spoiler, hood scoop and rear wing and ROUSH 18-inch cast chrome wheels with
high-performance tires and the special 427R striping kit.
We've driven our fair share of Mustangs, but it's a rare occasion
that we get to drive one at the track. That's part of the reason why we
made the seven hour trek from Southern California to Thunderhill Raceway in
Willows, CA, to get behind the wheel of Roush's new 427R Trak Pak Mustang. What's so special about the
Trak Pak? For starters, it's got a supercharged V8 packing 435 horsepower and an abundance
of race-ready items like an adjustable suspension, carbon fiber wing, and
14-inch brakes that all make it ideal for the weekend warrior who wants his
vehicle to handle the daily grind and track-day floggings. With only 100
being built, this may be one of the few opportunities to see one in the
sheetmetal, let alone to drive it on the track. While inclement weather the
night before threatened to ruin the trip, we were blessed with a rain-free
day, allowing us to explore the limits of the Trak Pak'd 427R. Follow the
jump to read our impressions