2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid First Drive: Inching Closer to the Future


2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid First Drive: Inching Closer to the Future

The days of the internal combustion engine are numbered at Bentley. As part of its Beyond 100 strategy, the British luxury marque plans to sell just EVs and plug-in hybrids by 2026 and become an EV-only brand four years later. Indeed, the methodical electrification of its lineup is already underway, with the Bentley Bentayga being the first Bentley to feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Next up is the 2022 Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, which also gets a plug-in hybrid option that puts it close to the V-8-powered Flying Spur in terms of power and punchiness.

There are few places in the world that blend well with the Flying Spur Hybrid, but Beverly Hills, with its lavish lifestyle, green-centric mentality, and spectacular nearby roads, made it the perfect place to put the spurs to this electrified horse. We spent a full day driving from the heart of the 90210 zip code to the picturesque canyons that surround Ojai before arriving in Carpinteria, a small oceanside city located between Santa Barbara and Ventura known for its jaw-dropping views, polo club, and California easygoing way of life.

Powered by a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine and a 100-kilowatt electric motor sandwiched between the engine and transmission, the Flying Spur Hybrid delivers 536 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque all in—just shy of the 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of the V-8 model. Its 18.0-kWh battery pack (there’s 18.9 kWh of total battery capacity in all, with 18 kWh being useable) allows the four-door sedan to drive some 25 miles in EV mode, according to Bentley, and it takes about two and a half hours to fully charge it on a Level 2 charger, which is a relatively quick time frame. Those numbers should hit the sweet spot for many, giving them enough EV range to drive daily, while having a full gas tank at their disposal whenever they need it. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission oversees sending that power to all four wheels of the Flying Spur Hybrid’s standard all-wheel-drive system.

For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.