It’s all about the back seat in the Flying Spur. Recognizing that the brand’s typical buyer over the next decade will likely be a member of “the chauffeur-driven Chinese plutocracy,” Bentley has engineered a refresh of this luxury four-door that puts an emphasis on looks, comfort, and rear-seat amenities. “Less fun, and therefore less of a Bentley, than the car it replaces,” the new Spur still impresses. So refined is the back-seat experience that “we wouldn’t have felt better looked after in a Rolls-Royce.”
“From the avalanche of leather and wood, to the champagne-chilling fridge, to the privacy screens, to the picnic tables,” the rear cabin definitely resets the bar. An LCD screen is mounted on the rear of each front seat, and the aft passengers get a touch-screen remote to control all climate and entertainment options. By comparison, the driver’s luxe cockpit actually disappoints.
But it’s not as if the driver has been forgotten. Despite the softer ride, the Flying Spur “reacts to inputs like a car a thousand pounds lighter.” In fact, “the handling occasionally defies physics.” What’s more, this is a remarkably powerful sedan. Being told that it needs only 4.3 seconds to go from zero to 60 mph is one thing; “feeling three tons of Bentley conjure that number into reality is another experience entirely.”