Bentley will soon offer a more powerful V8 plug-in hybrid powertrain in its Flying Spur sedan, according to the car’s chief technical engineer. The configuration, a version of which is currently offered in the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, produces almost 700 hp.
Speaking at the launch of the new Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, Steve Jones – chief technical engineer for Continental GT and Flying Spur – told Auto Express that the V6 is a “stepping stone”. Bentley will electrify its entire lineup by 2024, with hybrids playing a big part in the shift to electric vehicles.
As the new Flying Spur Hybrid lifts the 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from the entry-level Panamera 4 E-Hybrid – rather than the less powerful 3.0-liter single-turbo engine from the Bentayga Hybrid – we asked Jones if we could see Porsche’s flagship V8 engine. ridden on a Bentley in the future.
“That’s absolutely the way to go,” he said, suggesting that while the end goal is a full range of purely electric Bentleys, the automaker is meanwhile looking to offer a variety of electrified options, including including other engines from the wider Volkswagen Group. .
However, the exact specs of the premium Bentley hybrid have yet to be revealed. While the new Flying Spur V6 uses the same 134hp electric motor as the Panamera, the British manufacturer has given the petrol engine a slightly different tone. Producing 536bhp, the Flying Spur sits between the cheapest Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the faster 4S variant.
So it’s unclear whether Bentley may choose to increase the power of the V8 even further when installing it on its luxury sedan. Either way, with a figure in the 700bhp range, it’s likely the hybrid V8 will hit 0-62mph in comfortably less than four seconds and reach nearly 200mph flat.
Although the two-door Continental GT has yet to be officially unveiled as a hybrid, we know it’s on the way. Like the Flying Spur, Bentley is expected to eventually offer the coupe with hybrid V6 and V8 powertrains.
Bentley confirmed its Beyond 100 strategy in 2020, saying it will offer hybrid versions of every model in the lineup by 2024, before declaring itself an all-electric brand by the end of the decade. The manufacturer intends to launch its first electric vehicle in 2025.
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