Bentley says that the Middle East accounts for 10% of its global sales. So apart from opening up nine new dealerships in Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Jeddah, Riyadh and Al Khobar, the Flying B has released two special edition Continental models, designed exclusively for the Middle East market.
Called the Bentley Continental Flying Spur Arabia and Bentley Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia, the two new models exhibit more power, more elegance and more style. The Flying Spur Arabia boasts of the standard 6.0 liter twin turbo W12 engine with 552 bhp (412kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque while the Flying spur Speed Arabia gets that engine tuned upwards to 600 bhp (449 kW) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm), allowing it to speed from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and adding 10 km/h to the top speed, now at 322 km/h (200 mph).
Enhancements include 14-spoke diamond alloys that increase airflow to the brakes for the Spur Arabia and 10 spoke, 20-inch wheels with optional carbon ceramic brakes for the Spur Speed Arabia. Other discerning features that set the Arabia cars apart include a front fender badge, tread plate and ashtray lid badge – all bearing the Arabia signature. Inside, owners will be treated to ventilated seats, veneered picnic tables with vanity mirror and deep pile carpets with hide trimming.
Another interesting feature is the Valet Key. This key allows the car to be driven like normal but the boot lid and glove box are locked and cannot be open with this key. Limited to just 50 examples (combined), these Bentleys are sure to be usurped fast by the wealthy community of the Middle East.