By Otsile Kadiege
After introducing the hybrid powered Bentayga, Bentley is expanding their hybrid range with their successful luxury saloon – the Flying Spur. Bentley says the environmentally friendly Flying Spur’s hybridisation won’t compromise the car’s luxury or performance. The introduction of the Flying Spur Hybrid further emphasizes Bentley’s commitment to its Beyond100 strategy to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organisation and the world’s leading sustainable luxury mobility company.
The new powertrain combines a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine with twin-scroll turbochargers and primary catalytic convertors positioned within the V of the engine, as well as an advanced 14.1 kWh lithium ion battery powering the electric motor. As a result, the Flying Spur Hybrid has total outputs of 400 kW (536 bhp) of power and 750 Nm of torque – an additional 71 kW (95 bhp) in comparison to the Bentayga Hybrid. This allows the Flying Spur Hybrid to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds.
The new Flying Spur becomes the most efficient Bentley ever having the capability to cover over 700 km when fully fuelled. The E-motor can be charged to 100 per cent in as little as two and a half hours (region specific). The power electronics convert the energy stored from the high voltage battery to supply the E-Motor or supplement the existing 12v vehicle electrical infrastructure.
A dedicated button allows control over the three E Modes – EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode. These will enable the driver to manually manage battery usage during a journey – though this can also be managed automatically by the car.
Hybrid specific exterior and interior design
Exterior visual differences for the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid include a ‘Hybrid’ front fender badge, quad oval tailpipes and a covered universal charging point on the left hand rear fender. The choice of optional wheels includes; the 22-inch Mulliner Driving Specification wheel in three different finishes, a 21-inch wheel in Polished or Grey Painted and Bright machined or the standard 20inch wheel.
As standard, the Flying Spur Hybrid has seven Bentley paint colours to choose from, which have been carefully selected to complement the character and style of the car. Customers can also specify their vehicle from the additional extended paint range of over 60 colours, including Mulliner and personal commission.
The interior of the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid is stylish and unique, the interior features “supremely comfortable seats” in five hide colours, with Bentley’s ‘Wing’ theme across the lower console and fascia. For additional choice, the Colour Specification option adds 10 further hide colours and two duo-tone interior configurations.
All Flying Spurs are manufactured at Bentley’s home in Crewe – the world’s first carbon neutral factory for luxury car production. Customer orders can be taken from summer 2021 onwards, and first customer deliveries are due before the end of 2021.
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