From £133,2006

The Bentley Flying Spur is part two of Volkswagen’s rebirth of the famous Crewe marque, and uses the same basic underpinnings as its more sporting GT brother.

That means the same air sprung suspension and weighty steel chassis also shared with the Phaeton; the unique twin-turbo 6.0-litre W12 powerhouse up front and the same basic wood and leather feast of an interior, but with two extra doors and a lot more room behind the front pair of seats.

The Flying Spur's styling doesn't cut it in a market full of confident designs

If the first reaction you had on seeing your Flying Spur was pride, we’re inclined to believe your second look would be one of disappointment. It’s best when viewed either from the end of its bonnet or by approaching from the rear, when traditional Bentley styling cues such as the bold mesh grille and heavily tapered rear section create a fair amount of impact.

Walk around to the side however, and the general proportions – short bonnet, high roof and gently rounded corners – don’t support such extravagant detailing, and the bland, slab sides look particulary clumsy. A car such as this needs to make a confident statement, and in our experience the Flying Spur doesn’t.

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