First seen on the Continental GT and GTC, Bentley now offers the Series 51 design options – 14 in total – on the Continental Flying Spur and Speed. These range from duo-tone exterior paint options to new interior color and trim combinations. Also, all Continental Flying Spur and Supersports models are specified as standard with a "state-of-the-art" 30GB touchscreen infotainment system.
Bentley says that the paint range "encompasses cool and crisp hues through to rich and fiery shades and everything in between", based on which additional three interior colors are selected to create a visual equilibrium between the exterior and the cabin.
Every Series 51 model also gets unique nine-spoke 19-inch alloys, finished in a cool graphite tone, complemented by Series 51 wing badges, positioned behind the front wheel arches. If that's still not enough, customers can specify their cars with blue brake calipers and black or chrome wing vents as well.
For the interior, Bentley's styling team operates on a "rule of three" principle; meaning that color and trim specialists begin with a main color, typically a darker shade, and then select a second, insert color. This is to provide an eye-catching contrast. Third is the accent color, which goes on the stitching and piping.
Series 51 interiors are made even more exclusive by specially chosen wood veneers and aluminum panels.
If a client doesn't find a suitable choice among the 14 available options of the Series 51, Bentley will be more than happy to create a new, bespoke one, as Melinda June-Jenkins explains:
"One of the most exciting aspects of the Series 51 designs is the feedback from Bentley customers and their desire to explore further what we can offer. Series 51 provides just a starting point and now we are creating designs which make an even stronger and more personal statement".
Last but not least, all Bentley Continental Flying Spur and Supersports coupe and convertible models are equipped with a new touchscreen infotainment system, with 30GB of capacity.
Audio system, telephone, ride and comfort settings are displayed on an 8-inch display, alongside navigation information. The GPS uses "dynamic navigation" to avoid heavy traffic spots and can locate destinations by using geo-tagged photos from an SD card.
Besides the six-disc CD changer, music can be played directly from an iPod, SD card and the hard drive, which can store up to 15GB of music.
Customers also benefit from telephone connectivity, digital television (where available) and DVD movie playback.
By Csaba Daradics