Bentley has added a second electrified model to its range with the Flying Spur Hybrid. The model, which was announced last month, follows the introduction of the Bentayga Hybrid earlier in April.
SUBTLE DESIGN TWEAKS
The Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid looks largely identical to its V8- and W12-powered siblings.
To denote its powertrain, unique design features include “Hybrid” badges on the lower front fenders and a covered universal charging port on the left rear fender.
Seven paint colours are available as standard, but as with all Bentleys, customers can select from a wider palette of over 60 hues or specify their own choice.
The Flying Spur Hybrid is equipped with a turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 that’s paired to an electric motor. It is slightly different from the one in the Bentayga Hybrid, which uses a turbocharged 3-litre V6 instead.
Said V6 is paired to a permanent magnet synchronous electric motor, which in turn is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Like its SUV sibling, this model is a plug-in hybrid.
Working together, both powertrains deliver 536hp and 750Nm. These outputs are transferred to the wheels via an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The Flying Spur Hybrid does the century dash in 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 285km/h.
Fuel consumption figures are currently unavailable, but Bentley says that the car can cover over 700km when fully fuelled. A pure electric range of over 40km (WLTP) is also expected.
Given its unique drivetrain, the Flying Spur Hybrid is equipped with three E modes: EV Drive, Hybrid Mode and Hold Mode. A dedicated button for selecting these modes replaces the stop-start button.
EV Drive is engaged by default and is ideal for short journeys or city drivers. In this mode, the car runs on electricity.
Hybrid Mode maximises efficiency and range through the use of data from the navigation system. After a destination is set, the car automatically selects the ideal Drive Mode for each part of the journey.
Bentley says that in this mode, the on-board charge will be reduced to zero just as the car reaches its destination, in order to maximise efficiency.
As its name states, Hold Mode conserves the battery’s power for later use by conserving electric energy. The car enters this mode when the driver chooses the Sport setting.
As a plug-in hybrid, the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid’s connected services include My Cabin Comfort and My Battery Charge.
The former lets you remotely switch on the air-conditioning to cool the vehicle prior to your drive, while the latter lets you remotely initiate charging, provided that the vehicle is plugged in.
The Flying Spur Hybrid can already be ordered, and it is expected to officially reach Singapore in the second half of 2022.
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid 2.9 (A)
ENGINE 2894cc, 24-valves, V6, turbocharged, plug-in hybrid
MAX POWER 410hp
MAX TORQUE 550Nm
ELECTRIC MOTOR Permanent magnet synchronous
ELECTRIC MOTOR POWER 134hp
ELECTRIC MOTOR TORQUE 400Nm
BATTERY Lithium-ion, 14.1kWh
TOTAL SYSTEM POWER 536hp (400kW, 544PS)
TOTAL SYSTEM TORQUE 750Nm
GEARBOX 8-speed dual-clutch with manual select
POWER TO WEIGHT 213.4hp per tonne
0-100KM/H 4.3 seconds
TOP SPEED 285km/h
CONSUMPTION To be confirmed
PRICE INCL. COE On application (car expected to officially reach Singapore in 2H 2022)
AGENT Wearnes Automotive