Bentley expands its Hybrid range with the addition of the Flying Spur Hybrid that builds on the success of the third generation Flying Spur and uses a highly innovative third powertrain. The introduction of the new Hybrid model demonstrates Bentley’s commitment to its Beyond100 strategy to become an end-to-end carbon neutral company.
The Flying Spur Hybrid’s exterior features a ‘Hybrid’ front fender badge, quad oval tailpipes and a covered universal charging point on the left hand rear fender. Seven Bentley paint colors are available as standard, and customers can also specify their vehicle from the additional extended paint range of over 60 shades, including Mulliner and personal commission. The choice of optional wheels includes the 22” Mulliner Driving Specification wheel in three different finishes, a 21” wheel in Polished or Grey Painted and Bright machined or the standard 20” wheel.
The new powertrain combines a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor, delivering a total of 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb.ft) of torque. The new Flying Spur Hybrid is the most efficient Bentley ever having the capability to cover over 700 km when fully fuelled. The car can pass 60 mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.3 secs). The E-motor is powered by a 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery and can be charged to 100 per cent in as little as two and a half hours.
The new Flying Spur is equipped with a class-leading selection of intelligent and intuitive tools tailored to the driver and passengers. For the Flying Spur Hybrid, connected car services will now also include My Battery Charge, My Car Statistics, and My Cabin Comfort. To provide further feedback to the driver, the driver instruments include additional information showing when the car is operating solely in EV drive, regenerating whilst deaccelerating or using the combustion engine.
Inside the cabin, the automatic Start-Stop switch has been replaced with a control for the three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode, allowing the driver to control the battery usage during a journey. EV Drive mode is engaged as soon as the car is switched on. The flow of energy can also be displayed via the infotainment screen where statistics can be seen and the timers for charging of the vehicle can be set. Additional e-motion information is available to the driver via the instrument panel.