Behold Bentley's New Hood Ornament

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Bentley is teasing the upcoming redesign of its $190,000-and-up Flying Spur luxury sedan with a picture of its new hood ornament. I dig it. Looks like a bionic butterfly has landed ever-so-daintily to lead the car’s occupants away from the problems of the proletariat.

Today’s Flying Spur, which Bentley describes as a “four-door Grand Tourer,” is a little over 17 feet long, a staggering 77.8 inches wide and over 5,400 pounds ready-to-drive yet is still capable of cruising at almost 200 mph according to its spec sheet. A 616-horsepower W12 can make that kind of magic happen.

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The current car pretty much looks like a longer version of the Continental GT; it’s somewhat sleek hood is not typically seen wearing an ornament. No, the Mulsanne is the Bentley sedan with more of a retro air of aristocracy right now, but I wonder if the next flying spur will start leaning that way too.

The current Mulsanne most definitely does have a hood ornament, in case you’re wondering, styled a little more old-school than the one that was released today.

I know the design team at Jaguar, and I guess pretty much every automaker, would disagree, but I am firmly pro hood ornament myself. at least, when it comes to luxury barges. I’m glad to see that Bentley is on board.

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Speaking of seeing things, Bentley will only officially say “full details of the new Flying Spur will be released later this year” but I bet they mean the New York Auto Show, so we might see more of the design by the end of this month.

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