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Old 03-02-2010, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default Touring Superleggera Flying Star is our kind of coachbuilt wunder car

press release: http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/02/g...coa/#continued

gallery: http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/gene...a-flying-star/

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The majority of auto journalists are car freaks by nature. One of the many defining characteristics of a car freak is an undying, unadulterated love of any sort of shooting brake. If you're not a car freak, or just don't know the term, a shooting brake is a two-door station wagon. Why is this bodystyle so beloved? Many reasons, but let's just chalk it up to the impracticality of a sports car mixed well with the practicality of a station wagon. What can we say, it's a boat floater.

For Geneva, Italian car maker Touring Superleggera showed us freaks their new, stunning Flying Star. Built at the request of a customer and with the full cooperation of Bentley, the Flying Star is a shooting brake built from the Bentley Continental GTC. Honestly, there's not all that much to tell. Underneath the new skin sits... a Bentley Continental GTC, complete with its 560-horsepower, 479-pound-feet-of-torque twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12. Or, if you insist, Touring Superleggera will build you a GTC Speed-based Flying Star with 610 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. Oh, and there's a support structure between the rear shocks that acts as both a hard structure for the new roofline and an integrated roll bar.

The real story, however, is being told by your eyeballs. Many of us have never been all that enthused by the shape of the Continental. But the Flying Star, well, it completes the design. How good? Four of us Autobloggers were gathered around a single laptop gasping at admiring Touring Superleggera's handicraft work. So yes, we think this is a very wonderful looking car. 100-percent picture perfect? No, as the tailgate's not quite... something. But let's not be petty, the Flying Star is fantastic looking.

Useful, too, as you can fit four golf bags in the rear. You might be wondering why a two-seat vehicle would need to carry four golf bags, but if you look closely you'll notice two additional seats in back. They of course fold down, allowing the Flying Star to swallow even more golf bags (no official word on exactly how many).

Besides the Flying Star's overall shooting brakeness, our favorite part has to be the woven leather "boot carpet," i.e. a beautiful material that covers the rear cargo area, the back of the rear seats and the rear floormats. Have we ever been excited about carpet before? No, never. And we doubt we ever will be again. That said, we doubt we'll be seeing any coachbuilt cars that get us as excited as the Flying Star. Now word on price (think: expensive!) but Touring Superleggera will be building just under 20 examples per year. Go car freaks, go. Full press release after the jump.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:25 AM   #2
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:28 AM   #3
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that's awesome!
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:30 AM   #4
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I like that a lot better than the original. If you're going to pay that much for a near 6,000 lb. car, you might as well make sure you've got enough room to haul your friends and their crap around in it. Maximizing usable space ftw. I think it looks better too.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:33 AM   #5
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100-percent picture perfect? No, as the tailgate's not quite... something. But let's not be petty, the Flying Star is fantastic looking.
100% agree with this. If they fix the tailgate I'd be on the phone with them the day after I won the lottery.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:54 AM   #6
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I'd say it looks like crap. The back is absolutely hideous. Looks like a mini hearse
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:55 AM   #7
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I love wagons, but that's just horrid.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:04 PM   #8
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i would say that it really captures the original Bentley gtc look without bastardizing it. From the front quarter angle, I didn't initially notice the change. From a guy who loves the ferrari breadvan, this is just as good.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:50 PM   #9
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DO WANT!
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:33 PM   #10
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:57 PM   #11
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not feeling it.

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Old 03-03-2010, 08:45 AM   #12
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That's one hot shooting brake.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:05 AM   #13
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Well.. it's certainly polarizing.

Count me in the crowd.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:23 AM   #14
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its a good looking hearse but a nasty hatchback/ wagon.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:37 AM   #15
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I am feeling it. A lot............

Peace,

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Old 03-03-2010, 09:41 AM   #16
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I generally like the shooting break concept and I also like the Dodge Magnum, which this looks like a two door Magnum, but I don't like it at all. It looks like someone took a shooting break chasis and threw on a Bentley body kit. It no longer looks like or has the feel of a super expensive, luxury vehicle. Bentleys have no need to be practical.
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Old 03-03-2010, 10:05 AM   #17
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Add me to the crowd that thinks it looks amazing!
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Old 03-03-2010, 12:08 PM   #18
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that.. is.. awesome..
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:25 PM   #19
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that's a wagon i'd buy if i could afford one
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Old 03-03-2010, 11:43 PM   #20
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I would take one if given to me.


















But it looks like a hearse.
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Old 03-04-2010, 01:53 AM   #21
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^^ had the same thought (wondering if they have caskets that match the interior lol)
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:41 PM   #22
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I like it... but, as ridiculous as this sounds (and is), considering the cost and spec differences, I'd sooner take an Audi RS6 Avant.
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:51 PM   #23
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Plus, no one is going to want to be seen climbing in and out of the back seats considering that the majority of the people able to afford this are going to be middle aged + and proud. So, they'll go unused, which renders them pointless. I agree with Siper, if you want a wagon get an Audi, Bimmer, or Merc.
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:32 PM   #24
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I like Bentleys, but what are they trying to do with this no sense.
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Plus, no one is going to want to be seen climbing in and out of the back seats considering that the majority of the people able to afford this are going to be middle aged + and proud. So, they'll go unused, which renders them pointless. I agree with Siper, if you want a wagon get an Audi, Bimmer, or Merc.
You seem confused. "Proud" people ride in the back of Maybachs and Rolls Royce sedans. Wealthy people drive Bentleys.
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