LOS ANGELES — Bespoke luxury automaker Bentley set a tight timetable for itself to transition to an all battery-electric lineup by 2030, one that leaves little room for second-guessing product cadences and convincing customers that the days of W-12-powered luxury saloons are vanishing.
That tight window makes the interim steps between now and 2030 — including transforming all of Bentley's existing lineup into plug-in hybrids by 2026 — all the more important. The hybridization began last year with Bentley's top-selling Bentayga SUV and is followed up this year with the 2022 Flying Spur Hybrid grand tourer.
Equipped with an 18.9-kilowatt-hour battery beneath its boot and a 100-kilowatt electric motor to augment its turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6, the Flying Spur Hybrid is capable of producing up to 543 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque from its advanced powertrain. Bentley estimates that the 5,500-pound car has a driving range of nearly 435 miles and can drive in electric-only mode for up to 25 miles.