Bentley is in an endless struggle for a balance between classic luxury body construction and modern automotive construction. Luxury carmakers need to meet changing technologies, consumer tastes and industry standards, as well as consistently deliver sophisticated features inspired by the Old World. The move towards electrification in the automotive industry adds another challenge. Bentley is also working on the Beyond 100 initiative to become an all-electric brand by 2030 and provide electrified versions of all products offered by 2023.
Bentley first tested electrified waters in 2019 using a hybrid version of the Bentaiga SUV. Now is the time for Flying Spur, a full-size luxury sedan that has been combined with a historically decadent W12 engine or a vibrant V8 engine. To prove that the Bentley is more than just a rocking powerhouse, automakers traded in a V6-centric hybrid powertrain.
Nuts and Bolts
Below the hood of the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid is the V6, which was discovered on the Bentley sedan for the first time in 64 years. Specifically, it is a 2.9-liter twin-turbo power plant that alone produces 410hp. It is paired with a 134hp electric motor between the engine and the 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. When all are working in harmony, the Flying Spur Hybrid has 536 horsepower and 553 lb-foot torque, feeds all four wheels and jumps from 0 to 60 in 4.1 seconds.
This is only one tenth of a second slower than the V8. , For those who earn points. For the comparison, the W12 Flying Spur generates 626 hp in 6.7 seconds and can sprint up to 60 mph. It can sail up to 207 mph, but the 542 mph V8 engine can reach its top speed at 198 mph. The new hybrid is limited to 177 mph. All of this is academic for those who live a practical, unrestricted highway-free life, but overall, it depicts a car that meets established standards and struggles to keep up with expectations. increase.
Batteries and modes
In addition to the electric motor, new features include a 18.0 kWh battery pack and a J1772 Stage 2 charging connector. According to Bentley, it can be charged in two and a half hours. It’s suitable for about 21 miles of all-electric cruising and provides Flying Spur with a solid combination of 46MPGe. This is far from other more thirsty repetitions. Additional ports and a “hybrid” badge are the only ones that distinguish this flying spar from other flying spurs.
Like other Bentley cars, there are mode choices that affect driving dynamics and determine the smoothness and sportiness of various systems. The new hybrid setup adds new individual modes that allow the driver to customize the behavior of the powertrain: EV drive, hybrid, hold.
The Flying Spur Hybrid is in top condition at launch, using EV propulsion as standard. It’s a soft, slippery hint about how an all-electric Bentley feels when it arrives. The hybrid mode switches the system as expected depending on the driver’s behavior and state, but the link between this system and the onboard navigation also optimizes the route. Once you enter the route, the Flying Spur will determine the most efficient segment to use the rest of the fare.
The technology in the cabin is the same as the other Flying Spur series and Continental GT Coupe. Omitted if the 12.3-inch digital touch screen does not need to display three analog gauges, an all-digital instrument cluster, and a head. -Up display is available. The instrument cluster has been specially updated to show real-time powertrain behavior, with additional graphics to monitor battery usage, charge, and playback.
The battery status of the is one of many things that can be tracked outside the Flying Spur, thanks to the Connected Car service that connects to the car via the smartphone app. In addition to the current rates, the app allows users to schedule charging times and get a charging time estimate. You can also log travel data, including average fuel consumption, to make more informed plans for future trips. The cabin can also be prepared remotely prior to arrival and can be heated or cooled depending on the current climate.
Bentley can kindly include a charging unit with a purchase of about $ 210,000, so buyers don’t have to design to go to a local community charging station. Given Bentley’s larger mission, compromising the performance of Flying Spur’s gorgeous attributes feels like a necessary growth pain.
In the context, this feels like an important step in fulfilling all the promises of electrical luxury. Today, the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid fluctuates between best performance and first-time performance, resulting in a rare Bentley that fails to run. The all-electric mode of this car is an appetizing bite of what’s to come, it’s a shame that the taste is so fleeting.