The headlights, bumpers and wheelarches are all designed to throw you off the scent, but the exhausts, roof-line and boot lid are unmistakably Bentley.
Just like the recently updated Continental GT, the Flying Spur will be marketed by Bentley as an all-new model but it will actually be a heavily revised version of the current car.
Expect to see every body panel replaced, but with a design subtly improved rather than completely overhauled. The more upright grille, LED headlights and sharper creases of the refreshed Continental GT will all feature.
A noteworthy feature of this mule is the figure-of-eight exhausts. They’re only fitted with Bentley's new 500bhp 4.0-litre turbocharged engine, which has never previously been offered in the Flying Spur. An improved version of the 6.0-litre W12 – boasting 567bhp rather than 552bhp – will also feature.
The interior will be improved, too, not so much through bettering the already impeccable hand-crafted quality but by upgrading the technology. For instance, a new eight-inch touchscreen complete with a 30GB hard drive is likely to be fitted.
The new Bentley Continental Flying Spur is expected to be unveiled in the middle of next year, with prices starting from around £130,000.