Bentley reveals

plug-in Flying Spur

Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, 2021, front
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, 2021, side
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, 2021, rear
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, 2021, interior
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, 2021, display screen
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, 2021, badge

A PLUG-IN hybrid version of the Bentley Flying Spur has been revealed as part of the British luxury car maker's strategy to be fully electric by 2030.

The newcomer will have a zero emission range of some 25 miles on a full charge and overall it will be the most fuel-efficient Bentley so far with a full range of more than 400 miles.

The Flying Spur's powertrain uses a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine mated to an electric motor to develop a combined 536bhp - 95bhp more than the output of the plug-in system used in the Bentayga SUV PHEV.

Performance of the plug-in Flying Spur is on a par with that of the V8 version with a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 177mph.

Precise fuel economy figures have still to be released although Bentley says the plug-in hybrid will show a significant reduction in that of the V8 which is rated at 22.2mpg.

Three electric drive modes will be available including one to hold the battery charge until required - enabling the car to operate in low emission zones without penalty.

A full recharge of the battery will take around two-and-a-half hours, says Bentley.

Prices are still to be announced but are expected to be around the £140,000 mark when the car arrives later in the year.

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