2020 Bentley Flying Spur Development Ride: New tech, chic shape

To see how they set about veering toward luxury, let’s start with technology, as the new Flying Spur will be chock full of it. The springs are compressed air in a three-chamber bladder system; they work with continuously adjustable monotube dampers, and adjustable anti-roll bars, which Bentley calls active roll-control, on both axles. Both axles steer as well, as the Flying Spur will have a rear-axle steering system, which can articulate the wheels as much as five degrees to help with parking maneuvers, but at speed will only move a little more than a degree to add agility at low speeds and stability at higher speeds. All this tech works with a double-wishbone suspension geometry in front, multilink at the rear. 
 
Similar to the Continental GT’s, the new Flying Spur will ride on either 21-inch or 22-inch wheels, which look lovely, but also caused the vehicle dynamics engineers some real stress, because unsprung weight increases dramatically. Managing mass not controlled by springs has huge impacts on the ride, so Bentley mounted hollow wheel hubs and used aluminum where ever it could for suspension components. These changes allowed the mega wheels to not have mega drawbacks to the ride. Another feature — the tires around those wheels are “noise-cancellation tires” meaning there is a thin layer of foam around the bead inside the tire to further mitigate vibration and noise.
 
Powering the Flying Spur is the same W12 that rests in the GT. And peak power will come to the same 626 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 664 lb-ft of torque between 1,350 and 4,500 rpm. Active engine mounts are used to minimize any vibrations from making its way into the cabin, yet maintain some poise if the going gets spirited.