Bentley Bentayga Hybrid heralds electrified future as new Flying Spur production starts
27 October 2019
With its history-steeped and now carbon-neutral factory a mere few miles from us here at Leama Specialist Cars and with a continuous stream of their coveted models passing through our hand-picked stocklist each year, we’re always piqued by news from luxury car manufacturer Bentley.
The marque’s debut SUV, the Bentayga, has proved extremely desirable judging by our experience as an independent used luxury car dealer, so we find it exciting that deliveries of the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version have now begun during what is the iconic British brand’s centenary year, as it heads towards a future with electrification playing a key role, with each model offered in hybrid guise by 2023.
Bentley Bentayga Hybrid
The Bentley Bentayga Hybrid is powered by a new 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine and an electric E Motor, which combine to produce peak combined torque of 700Nm while reducing CO2 emissions to 79g/km, the lowest ever achieved by a Bentley to date. The 94kW electrical system bestows this stunning luxury SUV with instantaneous torque free of any turbo lag and with the ability to cover up to a maximum battery range of 24 miles on its way to plateauing at 158mph. Its battery can be recharged in 2.5 hours and three hybrid drive modes – EV Drive, Hybrid and Hold – are incorporated to optimise zero-emissions operation where possible.
Typical of Bentley, the Bentayga Hybrid SUV can be specified in any of 64 standard palette choices and discerning owners can then tailor their cars further by means of unlimited bespoke customisation options. We envisage the plug-in model undoubtedly going on to form a considerable percentage of our Bentley sales over coming months and years and look forward to soon seeing examples on the road and being charged up throughout Cheshire and the rest of the UK.
New Bentley Flying Spur
Bentley production buzz is also being created by the commencement of hand-crafted assembly of the all-new, third generation Flying Spur four-door grand tourer saloon, which the model’s first customers will begin taking delivery of early in the new year.
More luxurious and also sportier than any previous Flying Spur, the new version is 130mm longer and unsurprisingly takes strong inspiration from the fresh design language that was showcased through the new Continental GT. The 2020 saloon similarly features updated lines, a gloss black grille and, most noticeably, ultra-contemporary cut-crystal LED Matrix headlights and B-motif taillights, along with 22-inch Mulliner wheels and a Flying B mascot that rises from beneath the Bentley logo.
Mechanical, electronic and technological highlights of the new Bentley Flying Spur include all-wheel steering and active all-wheel drive, Bentley Dynamic Ride, an advanced aluminium chassis, three-chamber air-sprung suspension, various ‘assist’ safety systems and 48V electrical architecture that contributes to varying the stiffness of the anti-roll bar. Launch models will be powered by VAG’s proven and highly-regarded 6.0-litre W12 TSI engine that in the new Flying Spur’s case develops 626bhp and 900Nm, mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission from ZF and hitting 62mph in 3.7 seconds before going on to reach a theoretical 207mph top speed.
Bentley is pitching its new four-door as having “the finest handcrafted cabin”, which introduces a rotating 12.3” HD touchscreen infotainment display as an industry debut, hidden behind the veneer until the start button is pressed. Its predecessors’ bullseye vents have made way for new precision-detailed iterations and, in another automotive ‘first’, the door inserts are finished in diamond quilted leather with a 3D effect. The new Flying Spur’s completely fresh seats feature heating and ventilation, multi-mode massage and adjustable bolsters, while rear passengers can indulge in the car’s all-new touchscreen remote control used for configuring the blinds, mood lighting, rear climate and massage functions. Bang & Olufsen (B&O) and BeoSonic audio systems are available but we would always recommend the Naim upgrade, as they truly are the finest in the world.
A distinctive Blackline specification Flying Spur is also being produced, which sees the chrome elements and other exterior brightwork replaced with darkened trim, and standard alloys change to 21” five tri-spoke variants. Although there are no interior changes, Blackline has proved popular for the latest Continental GT coupe, so we expect demand to be equally high for its four-door relative.
Leama Specialist Cars has sold numerous hand-picked used Bentley Continental GT, Convertible, Flying Spur and Bentayga examples in our years as a luxury, prestige and sports car dealer based in Cheshire, and we welcome contact from anyone interested in buying a preowned Bentley or leasing a new model.