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Bentley Flying Spur's list of new features includes a thread as long as Big Ben is tall

A host of exterior and interior upgrades are in order for the new Flying Spur.

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The Mulsanne era has come to a close and the dawn of the Bentley Flying Spur is upon us. The sunrise has gotten more spectacular thanks to an even longer list of super luxury features for the 2021 model year.

Buyers can now configure their Flying Spur with just four seats. The option is also available on the refreshed Bentayga alongside the more traditional five- and seven-seat options. When the four-seat option box is checked, buyers get a center console that divides the auto from front to rear. It houses the storage space for Bentley's 5.0-inch touch screen remote, two cup holders, two USB ports, and a 12-volt power socket, and offers additional storage space. Available upgrades include a heated armrest and wireless charging pad.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur Picnic tables are available.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

Flyings Spur seats can now be upholstered in semi-aniline leather with hand cross stitching (consuming 115m of special thread equal to the height of Big Ben). The stitching takes 18 hours to complete and requires 11,100 hand sewn stitches. The thread used has been uniquely designed for durability and colorfastness. The leather used features a reduced thickness, which allows it to be more breathable and deliver a softer feeling.

Two new finishes are available for the interior - carbon fibre and Côtes de Genève. The steering wheel is also fresh and includes improved safety functionality.

There are also available veneered inserts for the rear doors and electrically operated picnic tables. The tables are mounted at the rear of the front seat and can be deployed with the press of a button. Each table is covered in leather and has a recess for a pen or stylus.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur The auto has a new steering wheel.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

The car can be gotten in the buyer's choice of paint colors including Viridian, Patina and Snow Quartz. Viridian is a modern take on the traditional British Racing Green, Patina is inspired by polished metals, and Snow Quartz is a modern white three layer pearlescent paint. The complete extended range palette is also available, including Bentley Mulliner satin finish and pearlescent paints as well as full bespoke color matching upon request.

There are new wheel finishes and the option of a full chrome front matrix grille.

2021 Bentley Flying Spur The car is available with new interior treatments.Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors

When specifying the Blackline Specification, which replaces all exterior bright chrome with gloss black versions, over 75 percent of Continental GT customers select black wheels. To mirror this option for Flying Spur, Bentley is introducing a gloss black wheel and a black-and-machine-finished version, allowing customers to match their wheels to their choice of brightware.

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Pininfarina is set to begin delivers of its Battista hypercard soon.

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The Pininfarina Residenza at-home electric vehicle charging point may be the most exclusive wall box charger in the world. The exclusive home charger is available to buyers of its 1,900-horsepower Pininfarina Battista.

The box was designed in partnership with Green Motion and is badged with the Automobili Pininfarina name. It has up to 7.2 kilowatts of energy flow in North America.

The design of the wall box was inspired by the lines of the Battista. It features a painted cover finished in the same color the owner has selected for their pure electric, Italian luxury hyper GT. The box is constructed of recycled and organic materials.

Pininfarina Battista Pininfarina promises 1,900-horsepower Battista electric hypercar deliveries will begin soon. Photo courtesy of Pininfarina

For North American customers, the Residenza wall box features a tethered Type 1 cable (Mode 3) which includes an integrated cable management system which automatically gathers and rolls the lead into the box.

Each Battista is powered by a 120-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack. The pack can be charged by the wall charger in six hours. The top-up provides 310 miles of range (WLTP).

Pininfarina has announced a partnership with ChargePoint for charging outside the home. ChargePoint's network has approximately 115,000 places to charge in North American and Europe, as well as 133,000 charging spots through roaming integrations with other charging network providers.

Using a 180kW DC-charging system, owners will be able to charge their Battista from 20 percent to 80 percent in just 25 minutes.

Battista owners receive five years of unlimited public charging at no extra cost with their purchase.

"Our clients will love the thrill of Battista's extreme electrified performance, yet they also need to enjoy living with this advanced technology," said Automobili Pininfarina Chief Product and Engineering Officer Paolo Dellacha. "For that reason we have ensured there are a comprehensive number of public charging points available to them, made possible through our collaboration with ChargePoint.

"At the same time, a large proportion of the Battista's charging will be done at home and our exclusive wall box design provides owners with a bespoke solution, finished to their exact taste."

The Residenza wall box may be activated through a dedicated app, which allows owners to remotely schedule the charging of their Battista and monitor its charging status. The app also enables owners to view the charging history and is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for enhanced convenience.

Owners use their Battista keyfob or app to link to ChargePoint network chargers. Each fob contains a secure RFID chip that can be used to complete a charge purchase without any additional charging cards required.

The Pininfarina Battista is priced at over $2 million.

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