Hot on the heels of the updated 2011 Bentley Continental GT comes a new and improved Continental Flying Spur sedan, which arrives on the market in March of next year as a 2012 model. For Bentley’s engineers at Crewe, improving on the already opulent Continental Flying Spur was always going to be tough but nevertheless for the latest 2012 model there are a few notable updates.

The luxurious style of the Flying Spur has been made even more appealing with the introduction of a range of unique Series 51 designs, first seen on the Continental GT and GTC. Customers of both the Flying Spur and Flying Spur Speed models may now select from a range of 14 Series 51 designs, all of which are recommended by Bentley’s color and trim experts.  Some of the highlights include unique paint finishes, 19 inch alloy wheels and special badging.

As a further sporting touch, all the latest Continental Flying Spurs, including Series 51 models, may now be specified with distinctive blue brake calipers and front wing vents styled by Bentley’s head of exterior design, Raul Pires. These sleek vents, positioned to the rear of the front wheel arches, are set into a uniquely tooled wing panel and feature a black or chrome mesh finish.

In addition, all Continental Flying Spur and Supersports models are now specified as standard with a 30 GB touchscreen infotainment system integrated in the dash.  An 8 inch screen displays the car’s audio system, telephone, ride and comfort settings as well as the latest navigation system, which uses both an in-car hard-disc drive and a DVD player to access route data. It also utilizes dynamic navigation to avoid heavy traffic spots, locates destinations using geo-tagged photos from an SD memory card and is Google Maps-compatible for most markets.

The new infotainment system is complemented by a new driver information panel (DIP) located in the main instrument cluster.

The new 2012 model year Continental Flying Spur, Flying Spur Speed and their Series 51 design options, together with the 2012 Supersports Coupe and Convertible models go on sale from March of 2011. Look out for a world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show that same month.