Bentley unveils two special edition models for the Middle East market
11 August 2010

Bentley has unveiled two new Continental models for the Middle East market that will form the ‘Arabia’ range.

Only 50 units each will be made of the Continental Flying Spur Arabia and the Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia.

See pics of the new Bentley Arabia range

Both cars boast a range of additional extras over the standard cars, mainly focused on the visual elements of the car. They are distinguished by exterior and interior ‘Arabia’ motifs that appear on the front bumper, the tread plate and ashtray lid badge.

The Flying Spur comes with 14-spoke diamond alloy wheels and the Flying Spur Speed has bright silver, 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels. Both wheel choices are compatible with the optional carbon ceramic brakes.

Inside, there are ventilated fluted seats, veneered picnic tables with inset vanity mirrors to the rear of the front seats and deep-pile carpet mats with hide trimming.

The Flying Spur Speed comes with a more powerful 600bhp version of Bentley’s W12 engine, which also puts out 553lb ft of torque. This allows it to achieve a top speed of 200mph and a 0-62mph time of 4.8 seconds.

The Flying Spur is powered by a 552bhp version of the W12 engine and has a top speed of 194mph, getting from 0-62mph in 4.9sec.

Other options include Adaptive Cruise Control with ‘follow to stop feature’, a rear-view camera and privacy phone handsets in both the front and rear of the car. An additional valet key that allows the car to be driven without giving access to the boot or glovebox is offered, providing secure storage of personal belongings when using valet parking services.

The Middle East market now represents 10 per cent of Bentley retail sales globally and has doubled its contribution to worldwide sales over the last five years.

Bentley now has nine dealers in the Middle East including Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Jeddah, Riyadh, Al Khobar as well as the state of Kuwait and Bahrain. The special edition cars are built at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters.

 

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11 August 2010

"An additional valet key that allows the car to be driven without giving access to the boot or glovebox is offered, providing secure storage of personal belongings when using valet parking services."

So the valet doesn't turn the owner in to the 'moral police' for having a bottle of Whisky, a copy of Playboy and a Blackberry.

11 August 2010

For a moment there I thought two new Bentleys were being revealed...

11 August 2010

"The special edition cars are built at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters."

I love the smell of surprising facts in the morning.

11 August 2010

The Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia. What a completely rubbish name, and presumably shortly to be superceded by the radical and even more exclusive new Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia Black Label, a lightweight, even more focused iteration intended to honour the marque's pre-war heritage and demonstrate Crewe's special genius by stripping out as much as 17kg of surplus weight whilst remapping the engine to raise the top speed by 2 mph and shave 0.1 seconds off the 0-60 mph time at an additional cost of just £22,000 plus vat. Perhaps they should just have done with it, and come clean by badging the next one as 'The Emperor's New Bentley'

11 August 2010

I presume this car is marketed toward ex-pats in various Arabian territories? This car is far too tasteful to be an Arab special edition. Where is the hideous application of chrome, the 24's, the pink button back upholestry?

11 August 2010

Is this a new thing, Bentley doing limited edition models? I thought this calibre of car was more 'bespoke', so that each one was built to the customers spec.

11 August 2010

[quote Lesia44]For a moment there I thought two new Bentleys were being revealed...[/quote] I agree. Is Autocar turning into Auto Express with its misleading headlines?

11 August 2010

The ultimate taste test for Arabs. If they can resist these then there is hope for them. Bentley cashing in on the nouveaux riche? What utter bad taste.

11 August 2010

[quote Amanitin]

"The special edition cars are built at Bentley’s Crewe headquarters."

I love the smell of surprising facts in the morning.

[/quote]

Hmmm.. your obviously not aware they also assemble Bentleys at the VW Phaeton plant in Dresden.

22 August 2010

Hmmm, you're obviously not aware that they only did that briefly... years ago!

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