Meet Bentley’s sleek new four-door.

The previous image of the Bentley was of a large semi-sedate sedan for the rich, but not-so-famous. Partner Rolls Royce captured the latter. But after the split of these former roommates, Bentley has branched out by adding coupes, convertibles, and, to be frank, lots of horsepower to this luxury line.

Mixing this new agenda with traditional four-door, limo-like Flying Spur results in absolute luxury combined with absolute performance. By combining a 6-liter, twin-turbocharged 12-cylinder, 616-horsepower motor with an eight-speed automatic results in a 200 mph top speed and a zero-to-60 time of 4.3 seconds. In a word, expensive sports car performance in a large sedan.

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The Spur continues the now-standard Bentley stand-up grille, but with a more conservative four-door architecture.

On the luxury front, the real treat is in the rear-seating compartment. Two large fully powered adjustable seats are planted in a very large area with real stretch out room. On back of the front seats are drop down tables for help with drinks or snacks. A small beverage cooler can be accessed between the two back seats.

Also available are optional video screens on the back of the front seats for viewing DVDs that can be listened to with wireless earphones. Either heat or cooling fans in the seats adds to the air climate system, which has multiple air vents distributed in the rear compartment.

Not only does the rear armrest have a small video screen to control these activities, but there is a removable mobile phone-sized remote that actually can control events and features in the front compartment. Added to the rear command center are buttons to raise and lower shades in the back and side windows to keep sunrays and adoring fans at bay.

For those who chose to drive, as opposed to being driven, there is interesting mix of tradition and high tech. Retro-turned metal pieces are mixed in with old style rotary air vents with pull handles and an analog clock.

But on the technology side, nothing is left out. With the key on the driver, entering is as easy as pulling the door handle and touching a start button to activate the nearly silent large motor. With use of the gear lever or large paddles behind the steering wheel, the eight gears of the automatic can be manipulated. Like the rear arena, the seats are fully adjustable and can be heated or cooled as needed.

A large video screen in the center of the dash permits easy manipulation of multiple functions ranging from navigation to handling the 1100-watt, 11-speaker system stereo. While reversing, the screen shows what is behind the car.

Driving is an entertaining mix from complete silence, if wanted, to absolute performance, if desired. Power, if pressed into action, can throw you back in the seat. The air suspension absorbs the worst that Honolulu roads could throw at it. Pushing a button can easily change the ride attitude from soft to tight.

With the new Flying Spur, Bentley is fulfilling its luxury and performance goals. Now this more traditional sedan, whether treated as an in town limo or grand touring vehicle, fills out the Bentley résumé.

BENTLEY FLYING SPUR
POWERTRAIN: 6.0-LITER, W-12 TWIN-TURBOCHARGED ENGINE, 616 HORSEPOWER, EIGHT-SPEED AUTOMATIC, FOUR-WHEEL-DRIVE
ACCELERATION: 0-60: 4.3 SECONDS, TOP SPEED 200 MPH
SOUND SYSTEM: NAIM HIGH FIDELITY SYSTEM WITH 1100m WATTS WITH 11 SPEAKERS, THEATER SURROUND SOUND
PRICE: BASE $200,500; $222,620 AS EQUIPPED