Ahead of the reveal of the third generation of the Bentley Flying Spur luxury sedan, the marque has given us a sneak peek at its design

Spy photographers have already caught a brief look at the car under camouflage but now Bentley has revealed a sketch of the new Flying Spur sedan’s overall shape alongside an image of its new ‘flying B’ bonnet ornament, a feature previously seen exclusively on the Mulsanne. The brand has said further details will surface later this year.

The pictures we’ve already snapped of the next generation Bentley Flying Spur as it underwent winter testing last year give a fair bit away. Despite its black camouflage, you can make out major elements of the big sedan’s design, which is heavily influenced by the new Bentley Continental GT. The British manufacturer is yet to reveal when we can expect its sedan in production-ready form, but it could arrive by the year’s end.

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Moving around the back there are a few subtle changes over the outgoing Flying Spur that we can glean from the images. Surprisingly, the rear-lights look similar to the those fitted to the original Flying Spur, taller and squarer in shape, as opposed to the slimmer items found on the second generation model – although it could just be the disguise distorting our view. Elsewhere, the number plate has been repositioned from the boot to the bumper on the prototype but otherwise, the twin-exit exhaust setup has been retained.new GT been worth the wait?

Obvious design parallels can be drawn between the prototype and the Continental GT, especially when viewing the front end. Most obvious is the grille and quad-headlight combination that mimics the GT, however the bumper section sports a different design with a smaller surface area attributed to air inlet elements.

Another Continental GT-derived design feature is the swage line running down the flank, although it’s less pronounced than on the GT. Starting behind the outer headlights, it extends the full length of the Flying Spur, instead of stopping at the flared wheelarches.

The new Flying Spur will sit on the MSB-F platform co-developed by Bentley and Porsche. It already underpins the Panamera and new Continental GT and could inform the engine line-up, too. The outgoing Flying Spur is available with a V8 or W12 engine so the forthcoming model is likely to follow suit, borrowing the Porsche Panamera’s V8 and the GT’s W12. However, Bentley could offer a diesel too, possibly the one which is currently found in the Bentayga.