Bentley Motors Limited is one of the very few remaining epitomes of epic Britishness on wheels, and the Crewe-based company just turned 90 since its name was registered in January. Sadly, we weren't present at the festivities with a birthday cake and we didn't take any shots at the pinata either. On the other hand, we managed to persuade the current "Bentley Boys" to lend us a Flying Spur for the weekend and see how the 90-year old geezers are holding up.
Well, it turns up they're holding pretty well, considering the level of craftsmanship per square inch we could find in our test car. Oh, we should mention the fact that we didn't get to drive any "ordinary" Flying Spur sedan, as instead we had the chance to get accustomed with a model sporting a name almost as long as Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. OK, we kid, it's not that long: it's the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed. If we could summarize this absolute behemoth of a car in only three parts, it would consist of sheer luxury, overwhelming comfort and devastating power.
As some you probably know, the Continental Flying Spur Speed is a British car with some teutonic roots under its majestic body shell. Built on Volkswagen's D-platform, it shares more than a bolt or two with the almost-equally impressive but not-very-originally-named Volkswagen Phaeton and also its aluminium'r'us brother, the Audi A8. We must also not forget about its two-door siblings, with the bulgy Continental GT and the topless Continental GTC sharing a little more than a common platform with our test car.
No, this isn't just a longer, more powerful and MUCH more expensive Volkswagen Phaeton. This is just the kind of car that you'd expect an oil sheik to drive on the highway linking Abu Dhabi and Dubai, or an eccentric British lord trying to recreate the famous Woolf Barnato versus "Le Train Bleu" race. Which brings us to our very own Sir May B. Bach, on whose secret premises we did some of the photo-shooting of our test car. You can read more about what he said about the car on his own designated column later on.Continue reading