So we got a Bentley Flying Spur Speed
Another day, another Bentley. This time it is the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed. At Dhs 950,000, it costs more than I’ll make in a decade, but apparently, it is cheaper by Dhs 200,000 in the last 6 months due to the weak British Pound.
When we previously got a Continental GT Speed, we went on a night-time cross-country trip, and tore up and down the Jebel Hafeet mountain road at insane speeds. We didn’t have time for something like that with the Flying Spur Speed, so like any professional auto journalist worth their paycheck, we went mall-hopping instead.
But the morning before, I tested out the car. It is one massive mofo that sticks out of parking spaces, although it attracts a bit less attention than a GT.
There is absolutely nothing to suggest that this is the Speed version. I drove around for a while, thinking this is the standard Spur, until I saw “Speed” written on the door sills as I exited the car.
Our tester’s interior treatment was all red, including red carpets and red leather headliner. Notice the buttons for the seat controls. One of them was for a back massage. After I discovered it, that function stayed on every time I cruised the streets.
Premium materials cover the car, including leather and aluminium on the dash. The only cheap bits are the plastic gear-shift paddles and the crappy non-touchscreen VW-sourced multimedia system.
VW’s retarded systems acted up as expected, when the Bluetooth refused to connect to my smartphone, even though it was detected. The system kept asking me to enter a 16-digit passcode into my phone without giving me enough time.
The air suspension system had four different settings between comfort and sport, but we couldn’t feel any difference among them. Another button can raise the ground clearance by almost an inch.
Rear legroom is immense, certainly much more than the cramped GT coupe, with massage and reclining features in the seats, as well as a stereo remote and an extra cordless phone in the armrest.
We used to believe the myth that a VW Phaeton is a budget Bentley, given that both share the same platform. But after driving this, it is clear that Bentley’s engineers know how to make the Titanic dance like a speedboat, while VW cannot design anything entertaining beyond little hatchbacks.
P.S. If you got cut off, run over, sideswiped or killed by this car on the streets of Dubai last week, it was probably my PR guy.