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Bentley has launched the Flying Spur Hybrid - the second model to sport green credentials after the Bentayga Hybrid SUV.

14 Jan 2022 | International News : U.S.A


Like many carmakers, Bentley is planning to sell only Electric Vehicles (EVs) by 2030. However, before the end of this decade, the luxury English carmaker still plans to introduce the hybrid range for all its models by 2024 before scaring its customers into buying nothing but EVs.

The first model to sport green credentials was the Bentayga Hybrid. Now, the Flying Spur gets a similar treatment.

The Flying Spur gets a nice set of wheels
At the global launch here in Beverly Hills, the monumental car is an absolute beauty. It has the hybrid badging around the car to differentiate itself from the regular models. It also gets its very own pair of nicely-designed 20-inch (there are 21 and 22-inch as options) shoes for the sake of better aerodynamics and efficiency.

According to Bentley, the new Flying Spur Hybrid also has seven different paint colours as standard, but if none of those suits the buyer’s palate, there's a range of 60 other exclusive colours from Mulliner and extended range.

On the inside, the new Bentley indicates itself as a hybrid model by delivering relevant information such as range and battery's state of charge to the driver. Needless to say, as you'd come to expect from a carmaker like Bentley, the cabin’s opulence and impeccable attention to details are the royal order of the day.

Cabin is typically Bentley - plush and lush
We're talking about the usual double-stitched leather, shiny wood trimming with clear lacquer, as well as chrome switchgear. Boot space stands at 351 litres, which will suffice for your regular golf and shopping bags.

More excitingly, the Flying Spur Hybrid gets a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 that's mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox. On its own, the engine is good for 410bhp and 550Nm of twisting force. Add on power from the electric motor, that has the capability of 134bhp and 400Nm of torque, that's located between the transmission and engine and the car has a combined output of a mountain-moving 536bhp and a neck-snapping 750Nm of torque.

This allows the 2.5-tonne car to get from nought to hundred in just 4.3 seconds, which is nothing short of powerful.

Combined output is 536bhp and a 750Nm of torque from the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6
You could fast charge the 18kWh battery that powers the electric motor to 100% in just about two and a half hours, depending on the power source it's plugged into. And if you're concerned about the charge and use of the battery, the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid has different driving modes to help utilise the battery as and when you need it.

'EV' mode is engaged as soon as the car is started. It keeps the engine off as long as 40km.

This mode will be ideal for city driving and shorter journeys, such as those in Singapore. Hybrid mode uses both the engine and motor to maximise efficiency. It uses data from the navigation system and predictive software to use the engine only when necessary. Lastly, the car has a 'Hold' mode that saves the battery's charge for later.

Singaporeans can expect the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid sometime in the second half of 2022. The car, as of launch time, will set you back $949,999 (as of time of writing), without COE, GST, options and insurance.

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