The Italian coachbuilder Touring presents at the Geneva Motor Show and at the Villa d'Este with the Flying Star a wagon version of the Bentley Continental ago. The conversion of the Continental GTC to the combination goes back to the request from a solvent collector. Prices start at 590,000 euros.
Headquartered near Milan and Founded in 1926 company Touring is no stranger to the industry. Among other things, the Italians invented the famous "Superleggera" concept: based on a lattice frame allows using aluminum and magnesium partially the construction of very light vehicles. Among other things, the BMW 328 Mille Miglia emerged from 1940 as well as various Ferrari models under the aegis of Touring. Other models were Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint, Lancia Flaminia coupe, Aston Martin DB5, Lamborghini 350 GT and 400, and Maserati 3500 GT and 5000.
At the Geneva Motor Show 2010 is now touring a new creation before going back to a very specific customer requirements. In 2008, a collector turned to the resident at Milan company and expressed the desire for a Bentley Continental combination.
A similar project was implemented in 1966 with the Lamborghini Flying Star II prototype Touring, 2008 debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, the Maserati A8 GCS Berlinetta based on the Maserati Quattroporte.
Up to 1,200 liters of cargo volume in the Touring Bentley Continental Flying Star
As a basis for the Bentley combo Milan, the Bentley Continental GTC Convertible selected. From the A-pillar no sheet remained more on the other. Touring built the rear of the Continental to scratch. A longer roof, modified aluminum doors and an electrically opening tailgate make the open-topped British Bentley Continental Flying Star. For this, the Touring engineers reinforced the rear frame. They were supported in this endeavor even by Bentley technicians.
The newly designed rear compartment shines with folding rear seats and a variable, up to two meters long cargo area, which is covered with leather. On request, here a specially adapted luggage adds millimeter inside the large luggage compartment. The latter swallows after reconstruction 400-1200 liters. For non-folded seats of the Touring Bentley Continental Flying Star should find space for up to four golf bags in the trunk.
It was important to designers, led by the 32-year-old Belgian Louis de Fabribeckers that the typical Bentley features have been preserved. At the rear, the oval surrounds of the rear lights are reminiscent of famous Bentley hatchback models of the 50s. The side view dominate the flat roofline and the wheel arches. The interior of the Touring Bentley Continental Flying Star dressed Italians made with two-tone leather.
Touring Bentley Continental Flying Star: W12 engine with up to 610 hp
Under the hood, everything remains the same: There is a choice of 560 hp six-liter W12 Bentley Continental GTC, which sends 650 Nm to all four wheels. For the stressed brisk Combined enjoyment is alternatively trimmed to 610 hp twelve-cylinder engine of the Bentley Continental GTC Speed for election.
Touring will put the Bentley Continental Flying Star is a limited edition of 20 vehicles at Kiel. However, the base price of 590,000 euros is likely to be only a guideline. Every customer can make his model individually. The service for the combined way, assumes all Bentley workshop. In addition, the full factory warranty remains intact.