Bentley continues to advance its electrification efforts with the introduction of the new Flying Spur plug-in hybrid, Bentley’s first non-SUV hybrid and the first car in its class to get a plug-in powertrain.
Unlike the Bentayga hybrid, which uses a single-turbo 3.0-liter V6, the Flying Spur hybrid has a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 410 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That motor is paired with a 14.1 kWh battery pack and a single electric motor that makes 134 hp and 295 lb-ft, for a total of 537 hp and 553 lb-ft – 94 hp and 37 lb-ft more than the Bentayga. Bentley says the Flying Spur hybrid will hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, just a tenth slower than theand it will hit a top speed of 177 mph, 20 mph slower than the V8.
No US EPA range estimates are available yet, but Bentley says the Flying Spur hybrid will have an electric range of more than 25 miles in the optimistic European WLTP test cycle. Perhaps most importantly, Bentley says the hybrid’s total range of more than 435 miles makes it the brand’s most efficient car. There are three hybrid-specific driving modes, the first of which is the EV mode that kicks in automatically when the car is started. Then there is the hybrid mode, which uses navigation information and other data to maximize efficiency throughout a trip by changing driving modes and using electricity where it would be most useful. Finally, a standby mode saves the battery charge for later.
Styling changes are minimal, equating to hybrid badges on the front fenders, quad oval exhaust tips, and a cargo door on the left rear fender. The hybrid is offered in seven standard paint colors that have been specifically chosen to “complement the character and style” of the car, but the full Bentley range of more than 60 colors is available. Up to 15 different interior colors, three wheel sizes, and other style packages are also offered.
Bentley says order books will open this summer and deliveries will begin in late 2021. Pricing has yet to be announced, but we expect the hybrid to start at just under $ 200,000.
2022 Bentley Flying Spur hybrid is green through and through
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