Bentley Moves Closer To Electric With Its Flying Spur Plug-In Hybrid

For those who feel virtue is its own reward, here is a 536-hp version of the luxurious sedan that can travel somewhere near 25 miles on electric power only

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While Bentley has committed itself to offering an EV-only range as soon as 2030, until now the British luxury maker has only offered one partially electrified model in the form of the Bentayga hybrid. That number is set to double with the launch of the car you see here, a plug-in version of the Flying Spur sedan.

The hybridized Spur is set to get a brawnier powertrain than the one used by its SUV sister.

This uses a 410-hp 2.9-liter V-6 with twin turbochargers packaged within its cylinder vee, working in conjunction with a 134-hp synchronous electric motor packaged between the engine and the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. This can add up to 134 horsepower of assistance to the combustion powerplant, giving a system total of 536 horsepower—93 hp more than in the Bentayga hybrid—accompanied by up to 553 pound-feet of torque. But the hybrid Flying Spur will also have an electric-only mode that decouples the electric motor from the engine and can propel the car at lower speeds.

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