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Bentley Recalls the…sorry, ‘a’ 2020 Flying Spur

While their maintenance isn’t necessarily expensive, not even luxury cars are immune from recalls. But, while some recalls affect large batches of cars, others are rather more limited. Such is the case with the latest Bentley recall, which affects one 2020 Flying Spur.

There’s a recall out for a single 2020 Bentley Flying Spur

No, that’s not a typo. Bentley has a recall out that only affects one 2020 Flying Spur, Road & Track reports. Specifically, one built on August 30, 2020.

According to the NHTSA recall notice, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur in question has an improperly-welded fuel tank. As such, there’s a non-zero chance of a fuel leak, which could lead to a vehicle fire. However, it’s not a manufacturing issue, but rather a supplier problem, The Drive reports. Bentley received the improperly-welded tank and installed it, not realizing there was a problem.

The fix for this 2020 Flying Spur is fairly straightforward. Once Bentley sends the car’s owner the recall notice, the automaker will replace the tank free of charge.

Low-volume recalls aren’t unusual for the Bentley Flying Spur

A maroon 2020 Bentley Flying Spur parked by sunlit tree-covered hills
2020 Bentley Flying Spur | Bentley

While recalling a lone vehicle is a bit unusual, sometimes recalls only affect a small number of vehicles. Alfa Romeo once recalled eight cars, for example. And as for Bentley narrowing the Flying Spur recall down to one car, Subaru once identified a single worker as the cause for a recall.

Admittedly, it also helps that Bentley’s annual production is fairly small compared to the output of, say, Ford. Bentley claims it only makes 26 Continental GTs and Flying Spurs a day on average. The combined reporting is because the latter is essentially a four-door version of the former, Motor1 explains. And while Flying Spur production started in 2006, Bentley only crossed the 40,000-example mark in 2020, AOL reports.

The rear 3/4 view of a maroon 2020 Bentley Flying Spur driving on a tree-lined mountain road at sunset
2020 Bentley Flying Spur rear 3/4 | Bentley

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As a result, previous Bentley Flying Spur recalls have typically involved less than 1000 examples, the NHTSA reports. For instance, 469 examples with carbon-ceramic brakes from the 2007-2011 model years were recalled over rusting screws, but that included Continental GTs. 127 2007-2009 Flying Spurs were recalled over loose sunroofs, and 27 2009-MY cars due to easily-distorted seat-belt brackets. There’s also one more 2020 Flying Spur recall for its rear-view camera that affects 102 vehicles, the NHTSA reports.

The two biggest Bentley recalls in recent years, though, did affect a significant number of vehicles, Flying Spur included. The British automaker recalled 7778 cars from the 2012-2014 range over loose battery cables, and 13,420 2004-2008 cars due to corroding fuel filters. In both cases, the problems risked causing vehicle fires.

It shouldn’t dampen the sedan’s high-speed luxury experience, though

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Small-batch recalls aside, the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur definitely lives up to its name.

In twin-turbocharged W12 form, the sedan has 626 hp and a 207-mph top speed, Car and Driver reports. And while the twin-turbocharged V8 model ‘only’ has 542 hp, it weighs less and handles better. Plus, the V8 model’s 3.9-second 0-60 mph time is only 0.4 seconds behind the W12 car’s time, Car and Driver reports.

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Given that even the ‘base’ Flying Spur costs over $200k, it comes suitably well-equipped for luxurious driving. To help with handling, it has active anti-roll bars, adaptive air suspension, and rear-wheel steering, Road & Track reports. Roadshow describes the interior as “sublime,” with rich leather and well-weighted metal switchgear. Plus, it features “‘Three-Dimensional Wood,'” which is essentially diamond-quilted wood, Autoblog explains. Little wonder Autoweek calls it “the best sedan in the world.”

And apart from the singular recalled car, it has a well-welded fuel tank.

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