Bentley Motors has unveiled two unique Continental models, which have been engineered and designed exclusively for the Middle East market. These special editions have been created at Bentley's Crewe headquarters with both models offering a range of striking features specially commissioned for Arabic customers.
The Middle East now represents 10 per cent of Bentley retail sales and has doubled its contribution to the worldwide percentage of sales over the last five years. This trend has continued despite the recent global recession.
From Bentley's first dealership in Dubai, the network has grown to become nine-strong in 2010, with dealers in Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jeddah, Riyadh and Al Khobar. These two new models have been launched specifically for this unique market. The Continental Flying Spur Arabia and the Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia retain all the potent performance of the company's Continental Flying Spur and Spur Speed, the world's fastest luxury four-door sedan, but with a range of additional exterior and interior features to create the ultimate in distinguished, elegant driving developed for the Arabic market.
Both cars are distinguished by subtle exterior and interior 'Arabia' motifs. These include an exterior front fender badge, tread plate and ashtray lid badge - all bearing the Arabia signature. The class-leading W12, 6-litre engine is in no way diminished. The Flying Spur Arabia is capable of achieving a potential top speed of 194mph and a 0-62mph sprint of just 4.9 seconds.
The Flying Spur Speed Arabia offers a more powerful 600hp W12 with 553 lb-ft of torque. This is a 9 per cent increase in power and 15 per cent increase in torque over its sister model, and will drive from 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 200mph.
Unique wheels are also offered on both models. The Continental Flying Spur Arabia is designed with an elegant 14-spoke diamond wheel, which has incredible strength through a small surface area and allows the best possible flow of air to the brakes.
For the Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia, bright silver, 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels are included, and are also compatible with optional carbon/ceramic brakes.
Bentley's ability to add extra, well-executed touches of luxury can be found in the ventilated, fluted seats that cool or warm the body, helping driver and passengers stay comfortable. The craftsmanship features, which are synonymous with the Bentley name, include veneered picnic tables on the rear of front seats, inset with vanity mirrors, chrome inlay strips to the door rails and deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming. Furthermore, the fuel cap has been designed in bright chrome with the famous 'B' badge.
For convenience, an additional valet key is offered with limited functionality that allows the car to be driven without giving access to the trunk or glovebox. This provides secure storage of personal belongings when using valet parking services.
Further options include Adaptive Cruise Control with 'follow-to-stop feature', a rearview camera, iPod interface linked to the infotainment system, and privacy phone handsets in the front and rear of the car.