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STYLING | 8 out of 10
Minor cosmetic revisions
Sedan receives a more upright grille, larger lower air intakes, a new rear bumper
Large, boldly marked gauges are clear and easy to read
The exterior of the 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur stands in stark contrast to the upright and squared-off presence of its Rolls-Royce competition. Whereas the edges of the Rolls look sharp enough to cut an ogling bystander, the 2009 Bentley Flying Spur lineup is much more streamlined, although styling has not been updated in a while and it's beginning to appear a tad dated. Overall, however, reviewers still feel that the 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur strikes an appropriate balance between luxury and sportiness.
The 2009 Bentley Continental's sheetmetal is quite similar to last year's, and Edmunds points out that there have been only "minor cosmetic revisions" to this "four-door Bentley." The 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur is, according to Edmunds, "a high-performance ultraluxury sedan that is offered in one very well-appointed trim level." However, the 2009 Bentley Flying Spur lineup also includes the "new $204,795 Speed" model, according to Motor Trend, which is distinguished by "dark-tinted front grilles, wider tail pipes, and split-spoke 20-in. alloys." Reviewers at Autoblog also point out that the 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed gets "sill plates emblazoned with the word 'Speed' on all four doors." Both versions of the 2009 Bentley Continental sport a long character line that runs the length of the sedan, as well as quad-oval headlights that do a magnificent job of illuminating the road ahead. There's nothing over the top about this 2009 Bentley Flying Spur, but it will still turn heads with ease.
Inside, the 2009 Bentley Flying Spur lineup simply screams luxury. Unlike some luxury brands, the 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur's interior trimmings are also quite functional, and ConsumerGuide praises the "large, boldly marked gauges [that] are clear and easy to read." Edmunds adds that the "switchgear is much more functional than the fussy knobs and buttons from previous models—though it must be said that the controls lack a bit of the panache and romance from the past." Real leather and wood only increase the luxurious ambiance that permeates the 2009 Bentley Continental's cabin, and accents like the Breitling timepiece sitting front and center on the dash make for a truly top-of-the-class driving environment.
Even though the 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur's exterior isn't tremendously flashy, it will still draw a crowd wherever it goes.