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2020 Bentley Flying Spur: The ultimate in modern luxury?



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Published on Apr 8, 2020
Is Bentley's Flying Spur a modern marvel, or too stuck in its on heritage for its own good?

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There is something fundamentally right about a British luxury machine dipped in the color green. The shades may change but somehow the historic truth is that it always just works. From the moment I first laid eyes on the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur you see here, clad in a color called Verdant, I felt all was right in the world. (Editors' note: This was months ago, when optimism was still possible.)

But the clean look of this car isn't just about the paint, it's also about the trim. This car features the so-called Blackline Specification, which turns the machine's typical brightwork dark and creates a more muted, modern look.

So it's a blend of the old and the new, then, and that's the moral of the story here with the 2020 Flying Spur: A classic brand putting out a modern sedan into a world increasingly full of SUVs -- machines like the bigger Bentley, the Bentayga.

So how can a car like the new Flying Spur compete? It's a rough road to climb, but it starts off well with an overall design that's striking and dynamic without any cues that shout for your attention. Yes, those infinitely faceted headlights are far from subtle, yet somehow even they seem less lurid when cloaked in darkened trim.

Those lights and that nose are like those seen on the new Continental GT, previewed way back on the 2015 EXP 10 Speed 6, and look at least as good here on a four-door body. Here, it's the stronger, sharper lines that set the Flying Spur apart, particularly the crease that defines the rear fender.

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