New Bentley Flying Spur spied

1 Aug, 2012 5:43pm Luke Madden

A crafty S-Class disguise hides the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur, complete with V8 turbo engine

Hidden underneath the fake S-Class camouflage is actually an early prototype of the new Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

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.