Bentley Winged Spur Hybrid
The writing is no longer just pencilled on the wall it’s chiselled in granite: Our motorized future is electric. Bentley, a brand identity with big, thirsty engines, has loyal to a fully electronic line by 2030. That’s a scant eight years to make cordless control not just
a choice but the only one. The 2022 Bentley Airborne Spur Hybrid is the brand’s another step on the road to electrification—and while it’s not a radical leap forward, it does represent progress near understanding the goalmouth.
1. 2022 Bentley Winged Spur Hybrid Control
If you stuck the V8 type and the new cross Hovering Spur next to one another, you’d be forgiven if you couldn’t spot the changes. A slight bit of badging and a rear door on the motorist’s side to hide the charging port would be your only clues.
They’re also similar on paper, with eight-speed, dual-clutch, all-wheel drive. However, the hybrid’s 2.9-litre, twin-turbo V-6 engine joined with a 100-kilowatt electric motor harvests 536 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque, and gets to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. That’s blindingly close to the V-8 model’s 542 hp, 568 lb-ft of torque and 4.0 second 0 to 60 mph time.
The battery range is only about 40 km (25 miles) in electric-only mode. Though that’s not much, it’s generally enough power for errands around town and petite travels. A complete renewal takes 2.5 hours on a Level 2 charger. According to Bentley, the hybrid system also boosts the Flying Spur’s comprehensive range to about 450 miles,
2. Prepared to Energy
Want to make 200-mile energy seem short? Do it in a Hovering Branch. We spent the greatest of the day heavy from L.A. to Santa Barbara and back again—testing its money over city streets, thoroughfares, and canyon infrastructures.
The verdict: This is a reflective luxury cruiser, game for pretty abundant any route you’d upkeep to revenue.
Every present model Bentley is an eye-catcher, and the Flying Spur in any shadow is simply one of the most stylish sedans around. Caveat: The electronic motor snaps the Bentley off the line at traffic lights fast enough that it could get you the wrong kind of attention from traffic cops.
When you work your way up to road speed (and that doesn’t take long), the Flying Spur cruises comfortably, sauntering over bumps and potholes, thanks to its advanced air suspension. The cabin is also peaceful. Bentley claims a 50 per cent noise reduction likened to the V-8 classical at 51 mph.
When the turns get tight, the body roll is noticeable—but the Flying Spur never feels anything but steady, which is quite a feat of engineering given its 5,523 lbs of humpback-like girth.
Drivers can choose between E.V. mode for all-electric driving, Hybrid way, where the computer takes over, and Hold mode, where the car stores the electric power to be used later. It’s a system that primarily functions quite effortlessly and without much fanfare.
But when you put your base down, the V-6 shrieks more like a pop star using autotune than a baritone crooner belting out the classic, big-engine notes you might expect from a Bentley. Unfortunately, that’s the value we pay for progress and lower releases.
3. Modified Toward 9s
Behind the wheel of a Bentley is a special place to be. Even the most spoiled among us have to marvel at the Flying Spur’s lavish interior, replete with luxurious leather and burnished wood surfaces that are second to none. The attention to detail is paramount, and every texture is pleasing to the eye and touch.
For Bentley owners with a driver (lucky chauffeurs), the reclining back seats are just as plush as the magical ones upfront: soft and supple with heat, ventilation, and massage features.
Catering to customers with specific tastes and bank accounts to match, Bentley offers customers a mind-boggling 56 billion different combinations of options to choose from if you want, black on black, and they can do that, though we might skew toward a more colourful configuration.