Be it at home or abroad, the Flying Spur will mostly be bought by people accustomed to the idea of investing six-figure sums in objects of their desire. That it averaged 17.9mpg on test will matter little to most buyers.

No, this is an exercise in pomp and pageantry, and rather than save you money, Bentley expects its customers to spend a good deal more than the infrequently mentioned list price.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Editor-at-large
The Bentley will retain about 52 per cent of its value over three years, which isn't bad

Without embellishment, there is already a large amount of kit included (eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, sat-nav, 14-way adjustable seats, multi-zone climate control, wall-to-wall walnut and so on).

But there are many optional boxes just begging to be ticked – jewel fuel filler cap, anyone? – and enough paint, animal hide and wood veneer choices to keep the decorator in you happy for a lifetime. 

For those in more of a hurry, the Flying Spur can be made slightly more exclusive right out of the gate with the Mulliner specification. This higher trim level adds niceties such as 21-inch, five-spoke, two-piece alloy wheels, diamond-quilted seats, door panels with perforated hides, drilled alloy sports pedals and branded treadplates.

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