British luxury brand Bentley has a second plug-in hybrid in the works to join the Bentayga plug-in hybrid SUV. It’s an electrified version of the Flying Spur sedan, and it represents the next step in Bentley’s decade-long journey to becoming a completely electric car maker.
Instead of the usual V8 or W12 engine under the hood, this Bentley makes do with just six cylinders and 2.9 L of displacement. If that sounds a bit familiar, it’s because it’s a version of the same powertrain you’ll find in the hybrid Porsche Panamera. Like Porsche (and Audi), Bentley is owned by Volkswagen Group.
The output of the V6 has been increased somewhat for use in the Bentley and now provides 410 hp (305 kW) and 406 lb-ft (550 Nm). It works in combination with a 134 hp (100 kW) permanent magnet synchronous motor that’s located together with the transmission and is powered by a 14.1 kWh battery pack.
That should be sufficient for an electric-only range of about 20-25 miles (32-40 km), and Bentley says the Flying Spur Hybrid should have a total range of more than 434 miles (700 km). The car still performs like a Bentley, too, as it boasts the ability to reach 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h), assuming you have a long enough road and an understanding with the local traffic enforcement authority.
Bentley says that its first purely battery electric car will arrive in 2025 and that, by 2030, it will stop offering any form of internal combustion engine.
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