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2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed

When millionaires ask for more speed, the Brits always appear happy to deliver.

Bentley Motors has released information on its new, 600-hp Continental Flying Spur Speed, which will be the most powerful four-door Bentley ever produced. Inspired by the automaker’s legendary “Speed” models (that first appeared in 1923), Bentley says the Flying Spur Speed develops 15 percent more torque and nine percent more horsepower than the standard Flying Spur, allowing the luxo-sedan to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph. (A similar Speed package was announced for the Continental GT around this time last year.)

Compared to the ordinary Flying Spur, the Flying Spur Speed also offers more lightweight components, a lowered ride height, an uprated and redesigned suspension and retuned steering. The Flying Spur Speed is distinguished by subtle design cues, including a dark-tinted radiator and air intake grilles, wider rifled exhaust tail pipes and unique 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

For those bored with Bentley’s usual cosmetic choices, three new Flying Spur exterior colors and four duo-tone paint combinations will be available, along with two new hide color options. Additionally, Flying Spurs can now be ordered with a radar-based adaptive cruise control system and an exclusive Naim for Bentley audio system.

Using 15 custom-built speakers, dual sub-woofers, and an 1100-Watt amplifier, Bentley says the Naim system becomes the most powerful unit offered in any production car. And yes, there is finally optional (optional!) iPod, MP3 & USB audio interface connectivity located in the Flying Spur’s glove box.

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2009 Bentley Continental

MSRP $197,500 GTC W12 Convertible


10 City / 17 Hwy

Horse Power:

552 @ 6100


479 @ 1600