Bentley details 2020 Flying Spur with twin-turbo W12

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Bentley has introduced its all-new Flying Spur. The luxury saloon is powered by a W12 twin-turbocharged TSI engine that is developed and handbuilt in Crewe, UK.

Thanks to a unique ‘W’ configuration, the engine is considerably shorter than an equivalent V12, benefitting weight distribution and maximizing cabin space. The new powertrain also uses the very latest engine management technology, delivering noticeably enhanced performance when compared to the previous generation model.

The 12-cylinder unit will generate maximum output of 635ps and 900Nm of torque, accelerating the car from zero to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 333km/h.

Equipped with the same 8-speed ZF dual-clutch transmission as the Continental GT, the Flying Spur has been developed to enable smooth and refined acceleration, quicker gearshifts and improved fuel economy.

Faster gearshifts are achieved by pre-selecting the next gear, shortening the interruption of torque to the wheels and so improving performance. Maximum speed is reached in sixth gear, with the overdrive gears (seventh and eighth) used for greater economy.


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