Byron's idea for a road test in the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur V8 went off the rails in a heartbeat, but what does it mean to drive an "entry-level" luxury car with an almost-$200,000 price tag?
BYRON: Hey, everybody. It's Byron here with Autoblog, and I'm standing next to the 2021 Bentley Flying Spur V8. This is the new entry level Bentley. It's only packing about 550 horsepower. I think the exact figure is 542 which is down quite a bit from the 625 plus you get with the Big 12 cylinder. That said, it's still a heck of a lot of car. It might be lighter and a little more alive, but it's still large. This thing is a full foot longer than my Dodge Challenger was, so I actually had to make extra room in my '60s Cadillac spec Detroit area garage just to fit this sucker in it.
Now, I've been really impressed by this so far, but I really haven't spent a ton of time with it. The thing that really stands out to me is that Bentley optioned this with just about everything. But--
Yeah, that part's fine. You know that's not what I want to talk about. Skip ahead to the part where you thought it would be hilarious to hit poor people.
I didn't think it would be funny to actually hit poor people. It was just a joke.
OK. All right. Fine. Look.
It was harmless fun. People are being way too sensitive about this.
I'm going to try this. Tell me about the fly swatter.
OK. Yeah, all right. I got a little carried away. I mean--
I've noticed from posting this on social media that there are a few things Bentley left out. As it turns out, when you drive a car like this or even when you have one in your possession, you should be able to do something to distance yourself from poor people. Bentley delivered this with a Sport specification and the Mulliner specification and the interior this, that, other specification, but it didn't deliver it with the "getting rid of the poors" specification. So I've optioned it myself. I made this, as you can see, it's official Bentley friendly overture specification. So when someone comes up to you, and they ask you for money, you extend a friendly overture.
I don't even know where to start.
I don't hate poor people. I don't hate any people.
No, I should hope not because you are poor people.
Yeah, OK. The self-loathing thing is just going to extend your session. You're going to end up paying me even more money you don't have. You realize I can see your insurance. Right?
Look who's talking Mr. I own one sweater.
Yeah. At this rate, I'll be able to afford an entirely new wardrobe. Do you seriously not understand how stupid this idea was?
Look, I just thought it would play well on social media. OK? I thought it would be fun, maybe get a little viral attention, do something kind of like different with this big fancy car. It didn't have to be stuffy and weird. It could be, I don't know, still weird? I was trying to riff off all the comments that it was this really nice car, was too nice to be in my garage at my house in my neighborhood. I don't, I thought they'd like it if I was in on the joke, you know? Like, self-deprecating, what's wrong with that?
So let me get this straight. You engineered an entire bit about hating on poor people just to appease randos on Twitter who were probably, themselves, insecure poor people. Is that about Right? Does that sum it up? Just tell me you didn't actually spend money doing this. You already owned the flyswatter at least, right?
What, is some sort of crime against mental health to commit to a bit? You know what, I think it would have worked if I had dressed better.
Get out, get out.