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PrancingHorse posted a topic in Test Drives & ReviewsWhat do get when you take a Bentley Continental GT and give it a boot and two additional doors? You get the perfect recipe for the fastest production saloon car in the world. And that is exactly what the new Continental Flying Spur is. The Flying Spur was recently launched in India adding to the already existing line up of the Arnage R and the Continental GT. So me, having an fetish for fast cars, and this being the "fastest saloon in the world", I knew I had to get behind the wheel of this baby. What do I do? Make a call to the Bentley dealer and book a test drive. Easier said than done. After a host of calls and few days later I finally manage to get an appointment. A flying Spur driving experience om Mumbai's Marine Drive on a Saturday evening sounded perfect. Read on to know about one of my best automotive experiences ever. There I was heading towards my destination immensely excited about what was to follow. As I reached my destination, lo and behold, a gleaming Flying Spur waiting just for me. Walked up to this beauty and it had me gaping in awe, and I looked like a small kid wanting his favourite candy from the candy store. It is stunning in the flesh. Looking at the car from the front, there is absolutely no difference between the Spur and its cousin the GT. The huge front grille is very imposing and the twin headlamps are typical Bentley. The side profile gives you an idea of how beautifully the Spur has been crafted. The design has very smooth flow and there isnt a stroke put wrong here. The rear end is nice too and if you notice the tail lamps have been carried over from the GT. But given a choice between the two, I would still go for the GT coupe. Don't ask me why? It's just that I have this thing for coupes. After such a beautiful exterior, I just couldnt wait to get to the insides. The interior of the Flying Spur pampers you with its luxury. As I got into the drivers seat, I knew I had entered an all new dimension. The quality of material used for the interior reminds you of the Bentley heritage. A classic mix of the finest grade leather and wooden veneers give the interiors a timeless appearance. I was told that Bentley offers 17 interior trim options and 16 exterior colours for the Flying Spur to suit each customer's needs. Talk about customization phew.. There is loads of leg room in the rear and if you dont like the conventional five seat layout, you can go in for the four seat cabin option where you have a central console running between the two rear seats. Now comes the best part...driving this monster. Powering this beast is a six litre 12 cylinder engine with two turbo chargers which is also found on the GT . Get this baby going and the power will blow your mind away. I had a short drive due to time constraints. We'll I wasnt complaining. The fact that I was driving this car within a week of its India launch was quite an achievement in itself. I started off driving lightly just to get accustomed to the power. The best part about this car is thats its a true cruiser when you drive it with a light foot and no sooner do push it more, it turns into a rocket. The Spur's powerhouse of an engine pumps out 552 bhp @ 6100 rpm and 650 Nm of torque @ 1600 rpm which is absolutely mind boggling. Don't believe me? Floor that pedal and you'll know what I'm talking about. The growling sound from that engine is mesmersing and you feel it telling you " yeh dil mange more". Well if it wasnt for the evening traffic I would have no problems in obliging to that request. The kicks you get every time those turbos come into the picture are very addictive. Mated to the engine is a 6 speed auto transmission gearbox. The gear changes are super smooth and for those who are not fond of auto trannys, you can drive using the paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel a la Formula 1. The Spur rides on massive 19 inch alloys and you have an option to in for 20 inchers to in either sports or chrome finish. The drive was exhilarating, time just flew by and before I knew it, it was over. Those few moments I spent in motoring heaven are something I will always treasure for life. This car was actually driven by me in 2005 when the Bentley FS was just launched in India. When I drove it, it was the most powerful car I had ever driven at 552 bhp. Of course time has flown by and I have driven more powerful cars as well as of today. But this will always be a special memory since exotics and high end luxo barges were a rarity in India then. Will try and look up more pictures