Based on the Silver Shadow II, the Silver Spur was announced in late 1980. The engine remained Rolls-Royce’s venerable 6750cc V8, though the rear suspension and styling were altered. Along with rectangular headlights-a first for Rolls-Royce-and a slightly wider grille, the greenhouse was enlarged, the rear bench was replaced by two individual seats, folding picnic tables were standard equipment and the body lines became more angular.
Noting the success of the Bentley Turbo R, Rolls-Royce announced they would be offering their first ever turbocharged model at the 1994 Geneva Motor Show. Called the Flying Spur, the car was based on the Silver Spur. With the presence of the exhaust-driven Garrett AiResearch turbocharger, the car’s horsepower rating rose from 230 to a reported 360, and was the most powerful model in Rolls-Royce’s history.
In typical Rolls-Royce fashion, the car came with legendary creature comforts, including leather, lamb’s wool and burled wood veneer, as well as electronically controlled independent suspension with adaptive ride control and anti-lock brakes. Rolls-Royce announced that production would be limited and, indeed, only 133 were built. And as to be expected from such a limited-production run, many models were customized to the owner’s wishes.
As appropriate of such a noble performer and exclusive vehicle, the Flying Spur commanded a considerable premium of $70,000 over the Silver Spur, giving it a list price of $244,245. The public responded favorably, and Rolls-Royce had no trouble finding enough eager buyers.