Each of the 40,000 Flying Spurs has been hand-built, each having spent more than 100 hours on a dedicated production line.
Bentley's famed four-door luxury grand tourer, the Flying Spur, has reached a significant milestone as the folks at Crewe have produced the 40,000th unit of the Flying Spur, which is now in its third-generation.
Though the first-generation Continental Flying Spur debuted in 2005, it's history goes back to the R-Type Continental Coupe of 1952. After all, one of the successors of the R-Type Continental – the S1 Continental – received the first-ever 'Flying Spur' moniker, courtesy of renowned coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner. Mulliner, based on a hunch, developed 127 bespoke units of the S1 Continental Flying Spur, one of which is a permanent & active member of Bentley’s Heritage Collection.
In 2005, Bentley revived the Continental Flying Spur moniker as a four-door version of the Continental GT coupe and thanks to its 552bhp/650Nm 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 motor, the 312km/h Continental Flying Spur quickly became the benchmark for luxury & performance grand touring, globally.
In 2013, the second-gen Flying Spur came along as a distinct model, a point signified by the dropped 'Continental' moniker. This was also the generation that received a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 powertrain as an alternative to the mammoth W12 unit.
The current, third-gen Flying Spur made its debut in June 2019 as a model completely rebuilt from the ground-up. Packed with tech like four-wheel steering (a first in Bentley's history) and the signature W12 motor, the third-gen Flying Spur is the most technologically-advanced iteration of Bentley's four-door grand tourer to date.