If you’re looking for information on a newer Bentley Flying Spur, we’ve published an updated overview: 2018 Bentley Flying Spur Overview
What’s New for 2017?
What We Like
Handsome styling; quiet cabin; surprisingly spry for a huge luxury sedan See the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur models for sale near you
What We Don’t
Very expensive compared to rivals; mediocre fuel efficiency
The 2017 Bentley Flying Spur is a full-size luxury sedan that bridges the 6-figure delta between normal luxury sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or the BMW 7 Series and the wildly expensive Bentley Mulsanne, which starts at more than $300,000.
But just because the Flying Spur offers a lower-priced alternative to the Mulsanne doesn’t mean it’s cheap. The ultra-luxurious sedan starts around $191,000 with shipping, and that’s only for the base model with a V8 power plant. Opt for the traditional Bentley W12 and you’ll fork over $225,000 before options.
So what does $200,000 buy you in the luxury-sedan world? Quite a bit, actually. The base-level V8 delivers a raucous 500 horsepower and 488 lb-ft of torque, and it’s mated to a silky-smooth 8-speed automatic transmission. If you step up to the W12, you’ll get a truly exceptional 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The result is a 0-to-60 mile-per-hour time of 4.9 seconds for the V8 and just a shade over 4 seconds for the W12. This year, shoppers can opt for a new "S" model, offered with either engine, which improves handling thanks to revised suspension and larger wheels.
Then there’s the luxury: Standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen with a remote control, 4-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, a Breitling dashboard clock, 19-in alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and a power trunk lid. And it doesn’t stop there. Despite its high base price, the Flying Spur offers a wide range of options, including larger wheels, diamond-quilted seats, additional wood trim, Wi-Fi connectivity, wooden picnic tables for rear passengers, lamb’s-wool floor mats (yes, you read that right) and adaptive cruise control.
Of course, the 2017 Bentley Flying Spur suffers in fuel economy with all those pricey luxury features weighing it down. V8 models return just 14 miles per gallon in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the W12 comes in at just 12 mpg city/20 mpg hwy. We suspect most Bentley owners won’t mind — or even notice.