Bentley Launches New Continental Flying Spur Speed In Boston

Written by tonks on June 9, 2008

2009 Bentley Flying Spur SpeedBentley will be revealing the $200,000 Continental Flying Spur Speed sedan this week in Boston, Mass. We find this a bit odd because no automaker has ever chosen this city for a worldwide product launch.

Bentley usually chooses to release their cars in Geneva and Paris. But the legendary British automaker chose Boston this time because Bentley plans to move its North American headquarters here from Detroit this fall. “We really wanted to use our new location as a showcase for the brand,” company spokesman David Reuter said.

The Flying Spur Speed features Bentley’s most-powerful production engine ever: a 600-horsepower W-12. That’s 12 cylinders arranged in a “W” pattern – essentially two V-6 engines laid side by side, providing enough power to run the Flying Spur Speed at 200 mph.

Inside, the ultraposh sedan features real wood veneers, along with hand-crafted leather upholstery made from at least 11 cow hides per car. Bentley hasn’t formally set Flying Spur Speed’s price, but Reuter hinted that the sedan will start at around $204,000 when the model hits showrooms this fall. Of course, that doesn’t include a $3,700 federal “gas-guzzler” tax on the car, which only gets 10 miles per gallon in the city. Nor does the base price include extras, like optional $16,500 carbon-ceramic brakes or a roughly $7,500 premium stereo that Reuter calls “the world’s best audio system.”


Posted Under: Bentley,Cool Cars

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