The most environmentally friendly Bentley is now available in Malaysia as Bentley Kuala Lumpur has just launched the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid. Available in the Azure and S variants, prices of the Flying Spur Hybrid start at RM 945,000 (excluding duties, taxes, and registration). Bentley says the Flying Spur Hybrid demonstrates that hybridization does not have to compromise luxury or performance.
Let’s first address the obvious downsized powertrain. Instead of the usual 6.0-litre W12 engine or the 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine, the Flying Spur Hybrid houses a 2.9-litre V6 engine that works in harmony with an electric motor. Combined, the hybrid system makes 544 hp (metric) and 750 Nm.
Just in case you were wondering, the V6 engine itself makes 416 hp (metric) and 550 Nm. The electric motor, on the other hand, makes 136 hp (metric) and 400 Nm.
Supplying electricity to the electric motor is an 18-kWh battery that charges to full in 2.5 hours with a fast charger. The transmission in use is a ZF eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, and power is sent to all wheels via an active all-wheel drive system.
On the outside, it is hard to miss the muscular proportions and sculpted surfaces of the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid. Bentley says that this is made possible with a process called aluminium ‘superforming’ that was first used in the latest generation Bentley Continental GT.
At the front of the Flying Spur Hybrid is a prominent radiator matrix that is flanked by full LED matrix headlights. Also at the front is a retractable ‘Flying B’ mascot that is perched on the hood. The taillights feature a wrap-around design that utilizes the familiar ‘B’ graphic. Standard wheels are 20 inches in size on all four corners and you do have the option to upsize to 21 or 22 inches. Regardless of size, all of them have a staggered setup.
Differentiating the Flying Spur Hybrid from other versions of the Flying Spur are subtle things like the ‘Hybrid’ badges on the front fenders, the quad oval tailpipes, and the charging port on the rear left fender.
Inside, an industry-first ‘Bentley rotating display’ takes centre stage on the dashboard. It consists of three sides, with one being a 12.3-inch touchscreen unit with Apple CarPlay connectivity, the second being a set of three analogue dials (for compass, clock, and temperature), and the third side being a wood veneer fascia, in case you want a digital detox.
The seats of the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid come with luxuries such as adjustable bolsters, seat heating, seat ventilation, and multi-mode massage. Interesting details in the car include 3D diamond quilted leather door inserts and optional diamond knurling on the rotary switches, air vents, and clock. There is also an array of options for the interior trim colours, the leather hides, and the type of wood veneer.
As for driving assistance, the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid comes with a top-view camera, a night vision infrared camera, active lane assist, blind spot assist, and traffic sign recognition. Touring Specification offers Lane Assist, Night Vision, Head-Up Display, Adaptive Cruise Control (with Traffic Jam Assist) and Bentley Safeguard Plus, with Emergency Lane Change Assist and Intersection Assist.
All units of the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid have been sold out in Malaysia upon launch. As the brand’s most environmentally friendly model to date, the Flying Spur Hybrid is a significant step for Bentley in providing an electrified version of all its cars by 2024. The brand will debut its first electric vehicle in 2025.