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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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Speedway gas stations will be added to the Seven & i Holdings company portfolio.

Photo courtesy of 7-Eleven

Does this mean slurpies in more places? The owner of 7-Eleven, Seven & i Holdings, has purchased the Speedway chain of gas stations from Marathon Petroleum for $21 billion. The sale is one of the biggest deals that has gone down since the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the economic fortunes of businesses worldwide.

The all-cash deal joins the two convenience store brands with other Seven & i Holdings properties, primarily based in the grocery sector. The company is the largest convenience store chain in Japan, owning 21,000 stores in the Asian country. They also own 9,800 stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Speedway gas station The acquisition adds 4,000 Speedway stores fo the company’s portfolio.Photo courtesy of Speedway

By picking up the Speedway chain of stores, Seven & i Holdings expands their footprint to include an additional 4,000 stores, giving the company a presence in 47 of the top 50 most populated areas in the U.S., the company said in a press release announcing the deal.

7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto explained that the deal will allow the company to diversify its holdings in key regions of the country, "particularly in the Midwest and East Coast."

In Japan, convenience stores are located apart from gas stations. This is also true of many communities in the Eastern U.S. However, in the Midwest and beyond, convenience stores are most often associated with a gas station.

As part of the deal, Marathon will provide 7.7 billion gallons of petroleum a year for 15 years to Seven & i Holdings. Marathon has been struggling in the wake of low gas prices, announcing last week that it will not restart production at refineries in New Mexico and California that had been idled since April.

The two companies had been negotiating the sale for months, struggling to come to an agreement over the price.

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