When you push the power button, all you hear is silence and thats, because this Bentley, the Flying Spur hybrid, is electrified. It does away with the usual W12 and V8 Bentley fireworks. Instead, it uses a 2.9 liter twin turbo V6 assisted by batteries and an electric motor. The price, if youre interested, is 223 000 pounds over 50 000 pounds more than the V8. So what do you get for your money? Normally, it just runs on electric power. By default, the electric motor mounted at the front will drive the front wheels. If you need a bit more extra power, then that 2.9 liter V6 fires into life and sends power to the wheels at the back typical plug in hybrid and weve. Seen it work in countless cars, does it work in a Bentley right lets? Have a bit of launch control? Shall we so sport mode traction off pre flight checks caught on the brake, accelerate sounds a bit different isnt it all right, send it! Oh, yes, Ill! Tell you what it gets off the line, all right, yeah its its definitely quick enough. Definitely quick enough, but even though the speed is there, what I want to know is wheres the drama. The V6 engine sends 410 horsepower to the rear, wheels and the electric motor supplies 138 horsepower to the front, but because both never make their Peak talk. At the same time, Peak engine power arrives, just as the e motors power begins to tail off total system output is 536 horsepower, making this the least powerful flying spur on sale.

That means north of 62 in 4.1, flat out 177 miles an hour, a whole 10th and 20 miles an hour slower than the V8. The speed is actually okay, I mean. How often are we going to be doing 177 miles an hour? I think my problem is the sound. It sounds like not a Bentley, it sounds like a Toyota as questionable as it might sound. I dont think theres any debate about the way this car looks. It is tremendous, lovely, lovely thing the Flying Spur. The only difference is between this, the V8 and the W12. Are these badges, which say hybrid on the sides and in fact you get two fuel filler caps, one for your petrol and one for charging the battery. Apart from that business, as usual, this ones finished in British racing green Ill. Let you in a little secret Im, not the worlds biggest fan of British racer green. You got ta, have the right car to do it justice, but this absolutely does it justice its also got the black line specification, which replaces the Chrome you normally get around the grill, the window frame and the headlights with gloss black items. Its also got the gloss black flying B, with built in anti theft protection there she goes and its got big chunky. 22 inch 10 spoke gloss, black alloy wheels, which give it a really mean stance are being attacked by a bumblebee, speaking of which my favorite element on the car is this almost bumblebee colored strip along the outer edge, which Bentley calls flame, and this matches the interior? Almost perfectly and that interior is one of the best in the business in this case finished in New Market tan, black and dark fiddleback eucalyptus wood veneer if youre interested the twin sunroofs, as well as the sun, blinds, provide shade or light on demand and the Majestic Vent controls and plethora of physical buttons on the center console are a welcome departure from the overly digitized Interiors of many modern cars, thats, not to say there arent toys Galore.

There are trust me. This is a flying spur. After all, you have the option of a fridge in the back its not in this particular car, but they do give you the choice plus around here in the center console. You have this very, very cool, detachable tablet, which allows you to control various settings in the car, including climate control, media playback. The blinds that I mentioned earlier, you can even deploy the flying B and you dont have to be stood inside the car to use it. You can be outside and it will work just fine speaking of screens. This one is extremely clever. You might have seen this before. Hasnt really been changed for this generation, but its still very, very cool youve got your basic infotainment set up just here, but if you press the screen button, it rotates to give you your outside air temperature, your compass heading and also a timer. If you hold the screen button, it rotates to give you look at that. A solid face, shirt which basically minimizes the distraction from the screen to allow you to concentrate on driving in the driver display theres. A couple of very cool features too, including night vision which you can use during the day. Who else gives you night vision? You can use during the bright Sunshine, only Bentley foreign, so whats it like to drive then well. There are four main driving modes theres sport mode in which the car is at its most aggressive.

It uses the batteries and the motor and the ice engine to basically give you as much performance as possible. The suspension is stiff. The steering is firm if thats a bit too hardcore for you. Well then, theres Bentley mode, which is a bit of a Goldilocks setting where everything is kind of at a happy medium. Then theres Comfort, which speaks for itself and then theres a custom mode where you can choose the settings of the drivetrain, the suspension and the steering as you see fit. How do you put it into electric mode? Well, there isnt a big green button that says EV on it. Instead, youve got to go hunting through the menu to find the hybrid submenu in which youll find three options. Ev drive, hybrid and hold in EV drive. It defaults to giving you predominantly an electric experience, while in hybrid it gives you a clever mix of petrol and electric while in hold it holds onto the power thats in the battery for you to deploy, as you see fit at a later time. A word of warning, though this car will not depend exclusively on electric or petrol. It will always use a bit of electricity or a bit of petrol, depending on the situation as it sees fit. As for fuel economy, with a full battery, itll deliver a combined 85.6 miles per gallon when the battery is exhausted, Bentley claim as high as 27 miles per gallon for reference.

The V8 manages 22 miles per gallon at best, while the W12 manages 19 in full electric mode. The hybrid spur has a range of up to 25 and a half miles. That is very welcome when youre cruising in electric mode in this car, its staggeringly quiet and smooth, you can actually drive this car at well over Motorway speeds in electric mode and theres very little wind noise, very little road noise, and from that perspective it might actually Be the best Bentley ever normally in a plug in hybrid when the ice engine kicks in it kind of ruins. The experience and suddenly youre dragged back down to earth and you realize oh Im not running on electrons anymore, but in this you dont get that when the combustion engine kicks in its so smooth that unless youre flooring it you barely actually notice its on. It does beg the question, though, is it a bit too quiet, because you start to hear other noises that you wouldnt have noticed in an ordinary Bentley, for example, Stones being kicked up underneath the car, the sound of leather on leather panels, almost creaking or vibrating at A frequency that you wouldnt have got in a standard V8 or W12. The quietness is good, but you can definitely have too much of a good thing. There are two other downsides, one is handling and the other is brakes. Lets talk about the handling when youre in Bentley or Comfort mode.

It does roll around quite a lot in the corners and you do feel the weight. This thing weighs over two and a half tons its basically around two to three hundred kilograms, heavier than the V8 version of the Flying Spur and you do notice it when youre chucking it into the vent. Things are a little bit better in sport mode. It tightens up the body control and lets you Corner flatter through corners, but again the weight is difficult to disguise, and actually I do have to ask myself, though, is it fun, Im, not sure its fun, its capable, certainly but enjoyable? I dont think so. Once youve chucked it through a corner once or twice theres no real incentive to keep doing it, and then there were the breaks of regenerative, braking and physical, braking and theyre strong. They work well, but the blending of those two systems seems a little bit off. For me, its very difficult to stop this car smoothly, you tap the brake and you get a little bit too much assistance from one or the other, and then suddenly you lift off, and then you get a different mixture between the two and it just feels inconsistent On the subjects of regen, that of course helps keep the battery topped up, but you can also charge the Flying Spur hybrid from the mains, albeit not very quickly, its 14.1 kilowatt hour battery pack thats a net figure by the way takes two and a half hours To top up from a dedicated seven kilowatt home charger or around twice as long from a three pin plug.

Ultimately, then this is a car of two halves. The electric side is phenomenal. It gives you everything that you want from a luxury car and in fact this might be the best Bentley ever. However, the jury is definitely still out on the petrol side, its an effective powertrain, its impressive and its fast, but the character is something that Im gon na take a little while to get used to weirdly Id actually prefer. If the flying sprayer was a full electric car or even a V8 hybrid, both of those options, I think, would be superior to this. That is a personal preference from someone who is absolutely nitpicking, but I think it is fair to judge Bentleys by high standards regardless by most measures. The Flying Spur hybrid is a wonderful thing to experience and I look forward to seeing what electrification allows Bentley to do.