Bentley Unveils Flying Spur Speed
In the face of bracing headwinds (sales down nearly 30 percent year-to-date), Bentley has unveiled its latest variant: the "Continental Flying Spur Speed." Well, of course it is. The new "Speed" trim is less about competing with Merceeds' AMG brand as it is about making sure their cars don't get completely dusted by uber S-Classes at stoplights or during an ad hoc Monte Carlo road race. To that end, the British/German engineers tuned the 12-cylinder engine to produce 600 horsepower (up from 552), refreshed the suspension, added new exterior trim pieces (especially around the front fascia, which now looks like it wears a goofy smile), and slotted-in bigger brakes. The sprint from rest to 60 now requires only 4.5 seconds of you and your cosseted passengers' time. Gas price crisis? Surely you jest. Bentley Chairman Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen waxes, "The global success of the Continental Flying Spur has created a new generation of Bentley owners. Responding to their feedback, we have refined an already remarkable car and with the debut of the Flying Spur Speed we are extending its appeal." In other words, pro athletes don't care about no gas prices. Touché.