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An insane nine car accident occurred out in Kiev, Ukraine, caused by a speeding Bentley Continental Flying Spur. And while this isn’t as painful to see as the Ferrari accident out in Japan, this Bentley did cause some real havoc.
Reports came in that the Bentley was just going way too fast at a junction, starting the accident that even involved a poor police officer that was controlling the junction. Fortunately he only suffered a fractured leg but the Mercedes-Benz CL500 that the Flying Spur hit can’t say the same. From the photos, the collision with the CL500 was so strong that most of the front end is missing and the engine is well, not quite where it’s supposed to be.
Check out the news report video after the break.
GALLERY: Bentley Continental Flying Spur Nine Car Accident
[Source: GT Spirit]
Bentley‘s whoring out of their brand continues with yet another special edition churned out, like mass-produced Chinese luxury. The newest Series 51 is perfectly timed to exploit the nouveau riche desire to have something new every 18 months, and Bentley stands to profit handsomely from this.
With largely cosmetic changes, the Series 51 offers exclusive paint hues, leather and wood options, as well as graphite-finished 19″ wheels and optional blue brake calipers. Hit the jump for the official press release, peasants!
Hit the jump for the official press release
Bentley‘s new V8 powered variant of the Continental GT may get an Audi derived dual clutch gearbox. Engineers are apparently looking into solutions that will allow the Conti’s unibody structure to accept the Audi S-tronic transmission, which is sized differently than the ZF automatic used in the W12 car.
While the V8 model is expected to be the least expensive version of the Continental GT, the S-tronic gearbox should give it a competitive edge over the more leisurely W12 powertrain. According to Bentley, buyers in the United States have a strong affinity for V8 engines, while Chinese buyers gravitate towards the Flying Spur sedan. The Chinese market buys 40% of the world’s Flying Spurs, and the new model will apparently be geared towards consumers in Asia, including similar proportions to the current model.
Bentley‘s special edition gravy train is the Continental Flying Spur Arabia, designed to pay tribute to the Middle East, where Bentley estimates 10 percent of their sales come from.
Setting apart the Arabia edition from its peasant brethren are new 14-spoke wheels, a front fender badge, tread plate, and ashtray lid all inscribed with the “Arabia” motif. The Continental Flying Spur Speed Arabia gets the same embellishments, but also gets a power bump to 600 horsepower and optional carbon ceramic brakes.
[Source: Top Speed]