New Bentley Continental Flying Spur spied

17 Sep, 2012 11:00am Richard Ingram

The next-generation Bentley Continental Flying Spur has been spotted

Our spy photographers have spotted the 2014 Bentley Continental Flying Spur testing, ahead of its arrival in the UK next summer.

We've already seen pictures of an early prototype, which was disguised as a Mercedes S-Class, so this is our first glimpse of the new car's styling.

From the side, it echoes the bold lines of the outgoing model with a sweeping roofline and Mulsanne-inspired bootlid. The new car will feature a redesigned grille, too, as well as a set of quad exhaust pipes and new headlights.

The new Flying Spur will come loaded with innovative tech and is likely get the same engine line-up as the new Continental GT. This means the introduction of Bentley's new 500bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, as well as a more powerful version of the 6.0-litre W12.

The current car is available from around £130,000, so we can expect a small increase on this figure when the production-ready version arrives in the middle of next year.

The new Continental Flying Spur is likely to be Dirk van Braeckel's last project for Bentley, following the appointment of Luc Donckerwolke as Director of Design. Van Braeckel has moved to an unspecified position within Volkswagen Group design.