For about six month after its introduction, the Bentley Continental GT was the must-have car but fashions change, the fickle moved on to the Aston Vantage and we were left with a car that embodied some solid Bentley virtues. The longer wheelbase Continental Flying Spur debuted in June 2005, the badge harking back to a 1957 model hailed at the time as one of the most powerful and elegant saloons ever created. Much has changed at Bentley in the intervening years, the most momentous event being the company's immersion into the Volkswagen empire. Although Bentley would like to stress otherwise, much of the design and engineering of the contemporary Flying Spur is common to other Volkswagen Group products. There are elements of Phaeton DNA about the cabin and the W12 engine is shared - albeit less a turbocharger - with the range-topping Audi A8 and Phaeton models. It still looked good value when compared to the range-topping Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7 Series models though.
A number of incremental changes were made for the 2007 model year Flying Spur. The standard-fit satellite navigation system was upgraded to a DVD-based system and incorporated post code-entry programming. The Flying Spur also featured an integrated Bluetooth remote SIM access profile (rSAP) telephone system as standard. A revised 19-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheel design became standard fitment, enhancing the car's sporting credentials. For customers who wanted to go still further, a Mulliner Driving Specification package was announced that comprised 20-inch 2-piece, 7-spoke alloy sports wheels with 275/35 R20 sport tyres, drilled alloy sports foot pedals and footrest, a sporting gear lever finished in knurled chrome and hide, a diamond quilted and indented hide to seat facings, front and rear doors, an embroidered 'Bentley' marque emblem on the head rests, indented hide headlining and dark-stained Burr Walnut or Piano Black veneer fascia trims.