Bentley unveils its second electrified model. After the Bentayga in 2018, it’s the Flying Spur’s turn to switch to the plug-in hybrid.
Bentley continues the electrification of its range. Three years after launching its first electrified vehicle with the Bentayga plug-in hybrid, and while awaiting its first 100% electric vehicle in 2025, the British manufacturer unveils a new trendy model, its second PHEV : la Flyng Spur Hybrid.
Up to now offered with a V8 (550 hp) or a W12 (635 hp), the luxury sedan goes green by combining a 416 hp 2.9l V6 petrol engine and a 136 hp electric motor. The whole develops a cumulative power of 544 hp and 750 Nm of torque. That’s 95 hp and 50 Nm more than the electrified Bentayga which draws 449 hp and 700 Nm from the combination of a 3L twin-turbo petrol V6 and an electric motor.
The Flying Spur’s cavalry is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Thus armed, the hybrid is revealed almost as efficient as the V8 version. It swallows the 0 to 100 km / h in 4.3 seconds, only 0.2 seconds more than its thermal counterpart. The maximum speed would be 285 km / h (318 km / h for the V8).
The Englishwoman also has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 14.1 kWh for a fully electric range of around 40 km.
Externally, this PHEV variation can be recognized by the charging hatch concealed on its left rear fender, its “Hybrid” logo affixed to the front fender and its four oval tailpipes.
On board, the differences with the V8 and W12 versions are less obvious. They come down to the appearance of three new driving modes (EV Drive, Hybrid and Hold) and to the specific displays in the central screen and the instrument cluster (range, battery level, energy flow, delays dump…).
Prices for this new Flying Spur hybrid have not yet been announced. Orders will be opened during the summer and the first deliveries will take place before the end of 2021.
Discover the Flying Spur hybrid in video.
By then, the Continental GT will also switch to the plug-in hybrid. Bentley intends to offer a hybrid variant of each of its models from 2023 and no longer offer any 100% thermal engine from 2026. So many steps that will allow the Crewe firm to become exclusively electric in 2030.
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