BENTLEY is expanding its offering of electrified cars by introducing the Flying Spur Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid version of its luxury saloon.
The arresting four-door saloon is only visually differentiated by a small ‘Hybrid’ badge aft of the front wheel and the provision of a second flap on the rear passenger side for the battery charge port.
A set of quad oval tailpipes at the rear ape the look of the V8, while buyers will enjoy a healthy choice of specification options, including up to 22in wheels and more than 60 exterior colours.
Nestled within the chassis is a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery that, when fully charged, is capable of propelling the Bentley for more than 24 miles, according to the WLTP test. A full recharge takes as little as two and a half hours using a wallbox.
The combination of a 134bhp electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission can deliver 295 lb ft of torque instantaneously for stealthy acceleration. In combination with the 410bhp 2.9-litre V6 engine, the Flying Spur Hybrid can go from 0 to 60mph in 4.1 seconds, only a tenth of a second slower than the Flying Spur V8.
In a similar layout to the larger capacity V8 engines in Bentley’s other models, the V6 features a compact design that places the twin-scroll turbochargers and primary catalytic convertors within the V of the engine. This approach results in better thermal management, according to Bentley, thus minimising emissions.
Combined, the plug-in hybrid system generates a total of 536bhp and 553 lb ft and is capable of covering more than 430 miles between stops, making it the most efficient Bentley yet.
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