Bentley launches PHEV version of Flying Spur
Bentley has presented its second plug-in hybrid, after the Bentayga. The Flying Spur saloon has a total range of over 700 kilometers and manages a purely electric range of 40 kilometers.
Bentley has announced the electric range regarding the preliminary WLTP data, but the official certification of the model is still pending. Nevertheless, the Flying Spur Hybrid offers the lowest CO2 emissions of the range and allows better access to cities and their LEZ (Low-Emission Zones), the British VW subsidiary comments.
The current Flying Spur goes back to 2019 and is based on Volkswagen Group’s MSB platform, related to the Porsche Panamera. The Flying Spur Hybrid also uses the 2,9-liter V6 gasoline engine familiar from other Group models.
The performance data of the Flying Spur differ slightly from the values of other MSB models. For example, Bentley specifies 400 kW as the system output, slightly less than a Porsche Panamera plug-in hybrid, but 70 kW more than the Bentley Bentayga Hybrid.
The increase in power is only due to the combustion engine: the electric motor produces the familiar 100 kW, while Bentley gives the V6 306 kW. The battery is a 14,1 kWh pack that can be fully charged in two and a half hours via a 7.2 kW AC charger. As with the other MSB models, there is no DC charging option.
In terms of performance, the Flying Spur Hybrid almost reaches the values of the V8 combustion engine version: the sprint to 100 km/hour is given by Bentley with 4,1 seconds; with the V8, it is 4,0 seconds. The top speed is 280 kph.
Bentley does not give the exact fuel consumption and CO2 data because homologation is not yet available. However, the Flying Spur Hybrid starts in EV mode as standard to increase the electric driving shares. In addition to EV mode, there is also a Hold setting to maintain battery charge and Hybrid mode.
Bentley is not yet naming prices, but interested parties should be able to order the vehicle from the summer. The first examples of the PHEV built in Crewe are to be delivered before the end of 2021. As already reported, Bentley wants to sell only electrified cars (BEV and PHEV) from 2026 onward. ICE vehicles will no longer be available. From 2030, only purely electric Bentleys will be offered.
The new PHEV was presented at The Macallan Estate, Speyside, Scotland. Bentley wants to become the worldwide leader in sustainable luxury mobility. So it signed a partnership with the famous single malt whisky producer.
“We share the same ethical principles: our passion for exceptional quality, our respect for traditional craftsmanship, and, surely today, our aim for worldwide leading sustainability,” commented Adrian Hallmark, President and CEO of Bentley.