For the third generation Flying Spur, 100-year old Bentley clearly had both chauffeured clients and driving enthusiasts in mind because the 2020 model is a luxury limo combined with thundering performance. In fact, with a top speed of 333kph, the newbie is one of the fastest saloons in the world, delivering segment-defining levels of performance and of course other worldly refinement.

Born in Crewe, England at the Home of Bentley, the new advanced luxury Grand Touring sports saloon blends a bold new road presence with sublime interior quality and cutting-edge technology. It features a modern design, cut-crystal effect LED matrix headlights, new 21- and 22in wheels and a new ‘Flying B’ mascot which rises from beneath a modern Bentley badge.

It is loaded with driver-focused tech such as Electronic All-Wheel Steering (seen for the first time on a Bentley) Active All-Wheel Drive, Bentley Dynamic Ride with new three-chamber air springs to keep the ride exceptionally smooth along with a host of new driver assistance systems including Traffic Assist, City Assist and Blind Spot Warning.

It also gets a massive 12.3in digital touchscreen and a full size, glass-to-glass panoramic sunroof can be had too. As well as an extensive list of Single and Dual Veneer wood options, the handcrafted interior also has new fluted leather seats and three-dimensional diamond quilted leather door inserts — an automotive world-first.

It shares its platform with the latest Continental GT (as well as Porsche’s Panamera) while power comes from an enhanced version the brand’s renowned 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged W12 paired to a dual-clutch eight-speed automatic, to produce a whopping 626bhp and a locomotive-like 900Nm of torque. It can hit 100kph from rest in just 3.7 seconds (over half a second quicker than before) which is mighty impressive given it weighs 2,437kg.

Deliveries will begin early next year.