FAIR played with Bentley to create a plug-in hybrid version of the Flying Spur.
Everyone has to do their bit. But I discovered an obvious problem.
Adding a battery pack means you can’t have a fridge in the back – and that’s the Bentley 101 in my book. Let’s face it, Hot steam is flying is an attractive limo for the rich.
They can’t afford to prioritize cheaper tax rates for the chance to enjoy a glass of wine on their way to Cheltenham connoisseurs.
They would rather pay more than drink warm Moët.
That said, the Flying Spur Hybrid has a big advantage over a conventional V8 or W12 engine.
Silence is the ultimate luxury and you’ve got 25 miles to get around Mayfair and Chelsea on battery power alone.
I tried it and it was quieter than Boris Johnson when he got the party invitation.
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Everything else about this car is purely Bentley: Ground floor penthouse with racing car.
Let’s start inside. No one is going to sit in the back of this car and say, “Wow, that’s a bit trashy.”
Except for the missing refrigerator, of course. Because a Bentley interior is deeply satisfying. A wonderful combination of artisan craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. And you can have any skin, any wood, any color that you love.
In addition, Bentley has the best seats of any car on sale today. Super mysterious headrests tell you that.
But the ballerina in the musical jewelry box is an iPhone-sized backseat remote. It controls the window blinds, air conditioning, sound system, heated/massage seats, and the Flying B mascot that pops up on the bonnet.
While I think about it, the glass wings on the Flying B shine and sparkle like Tinker Bell at night. It’s classier than the sound.
Your driver will also be very happy. There’s night vision (visible 300m ahead), a head-up display, a top-down camera and all sorts of driver aids to make your progress as easy as possible.
Plus, there’s a ton of speed to play you need to deliver if everything is adequate. That gives me the uniqueness with the hybrid bit.
Flying Spur uses the same petrol/electric combo as one Porsche Panamera: 2.9 liter V6 engine combined with electronic engine and 18kWh battery pack.
Total output is 544hp, just six horses short of the V8 and it can accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.3 seconds or 0-100mph in 9.5. Fast.
With four-wheel drive, three-chamber air suspension, 48v anti-roll bars and the largest brakes of any production car in the world, you really have a limo with all-round capability. amazing appearance.
Go late, arrive early. Of course you’ll want to do that because you’ll be vomiting over the drink.
Other observations. V6s are not as efficient as V8s. We’ll remember that when it’s gone.
It’s slower, heavier, and starts off smaller. Otherwise, it’s quieter, more efficient – I averaged 33mpg in the test, you won’t get anywhere near that in a V8 – and at least it gives millionaires a choice. more “mindful”.
It is also a stepping stone towards full electrification. Bentley’s first electric vehicle will launch in 2025, and by 2030, all models will be electric-only. The Crewe plant is carbon neutral.
Finally, you might ask, “Why did Bentley launch this car in Beverly Hills?”
I myself asked the same thing. But this place can’t have enough of them. A single dealer sold 400 Bentleys last year, almost a third of all UK sales. Quite extraordinary.
Surfing down Rodeo Drive in electronic mode. . . unusually quiet.
MAIN TRUTH: BENTLEY FLYING SPUR HYBRID
Price: 170,000 pounds
Engine: 2.9-litre V6 petrol with 18kWh . battery
Power: 544hp, 750Nm
0-62mph: 4.3 seconds
Top speed: 177mph
EV range: 25 miles
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8233821/bentley-flying-spur-hybrid-review-craftsmanship-lacks-fridge/ Great combination of craftsmanship but key ingredient missing