Geneva season is well and truly upon us with teaser after teaser being drip fed to us showing promise for what is sure to be a bumper year for new cars.
The cream of Bentleys Crop, the Continental and Flying Spur models are receiving the next in a long line of refreshes. Updates on the outside include a smaller main grille, more ‘sculpted’ boot lid and side vents which most will be familiar with from the Bentayga teaser.
On the inside, much needed more prominent gear shift paddles are added which should top off the shifting experience provided by the addition of the 8 Speed ZF.
In addition, an updated infotainment system with a a larger screen and a sportier steering wheel help drag the old Continental, now with us in its basic form since 2003, closer in line with its rivals.
Under the skin the old W12 receives an update with a 15bhp increase to 590bhp and a 5% drop in emissions with the addition of cylinder shut off tech being a significant aid to that last statistic.
Overall the aged Continental/Flying Spur seems to have benefitted greatly from these updates. Its never looked more appealing and in V8 form its quite the potent machine across ground. If this design reflects all of the design language we will see in the SUV then there is hope for it yet.
The updated Continental siblings will appear in the metal at Geneva next month where i’m sure as ever the order books will be plump with names and deposits.
Carwitter Feature Writer – Ethan Jupp