Bentley Flying Spur Plug-In Hybrid To Pair Luxury With Efficiency

A prototype of the upcoming Bentley Flying Spur PHEV has been outed during a recent round of winter testing.

Bentley has been scooped testing the Flying Spur on a number of occasions in recent months but this is our first sighting of the plug-in hybrid variant. Unsurprisingly, most of its exterior looks identical to other Flying Spur prototypes, except for a small plug on the left rear quarter panel. Our spy photographers snapped the PHEV prototype both plugged in and on the move.

We suspect that the Flying Spur PHEV will share its powertrain with select Bentley Bentayga and Porsche Panamera models. That means a 2.9-liter V6 plug-in hybrid that produces roughly 462 hp and offers up an all-electric range of about 30 miles (48 km). This efficient powertrain will likely mean Bentley doesn’t sell the new Flying Spur with any diesel engines.

Alongside the plug-in hybrid V6, Bentley is thought to be readying the new Flying Spur to support a 4.0-liter petrol V8 and a 6.0-liter petrol W12. It is even possible that variants towards the top of the Flying Spur family could use the powerful hybrid V8 system found in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and deliver a neck-snapping 680 hp.

Fitting the new Flying Spur with powertrains from the Porsche Panamera will be quite easy for the automaker as the duo feature the same MSB-F platform. This also means the Flying Spur will receive a number of new technologies from the Panamera, including an updated infotainment system and select semi-autonomous driving functions.

Like other recent prototypes, this Bentley Flying Spur PHEV prototype does have some body cladding across the exterior. With that being said, we’re provided with a reasonable look at the car’s design, including its aggressive front bumper, large black grille, multi-spoke wheels, and oval-shaped tailpipes.

Expect the new Bentley Flying Spur to premiere in the middle of the year.

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Photo credits: CarPix for Carscoops

  • Merc1

    The new Flying Spur should have been launched at Geneva.

    M

    • Blade t

      Really, you have no clue ..

      • Merc1

        Someone is upset so now they’re going to follow me around, awwww.

        M

        • Mike anonymous

          @Merc1:disqus & @blade_t:disqus , this has got to stop LOL. I wasn’t going to say anything before, but This is the second article that I have clicked on where I’ve seen you both bickering with each other.

          • Merc1

            Well he’s butthurt so he followed me here, wasn’t me this time.

            M

  • Looks good.

  • khc

    If a Bentley V6 Hybrid isn’t the height of silliness, it’s awfully close.

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  • Dude

    Eh. The new GT is cool because it’s pretty close to being a modern Porsche 924 with a bonus convertible version. At the very least it’s a convertible V12 Panamera coupe. This is just a Panamera Hybrid in different clothes.

    • Astonman

      you’re comparing this to a Porsche 924? Yikes!

      • Dude

        Typo, I meant 928. Big Porsche a luxury grand tourer.

        • Astonman

          ah got it

  • TheBelltower

    The shape is looking good from what I can tell. Unlike the Porsche on which this is based, these things rarely rack-up many miles. So 30 miles of electric range is probably all it would need for daily use. Bentley should consider making an all electric version with longer range, since there’s no real reason to maintain and carry around an ICE drivetrain that won’t get any use.

  • Юрій

    As for me it seems like new S-class

  • Cobrajet

    6 cylinder is not acceptable in this.

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