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Bentley gets lighter with its second luxury plug-in hybrid

If a Toyota Prius plug-in doesn’t cut it, luxury carmaker Bentley has some more lavish options.

At a live-streamed event in Scotland on Tuesday, the British car company unveiled its second plug-in hybrid, the Flying Spur. Its first hybrid, a plug-in Bentley Bentayga SUV, was released before the pandemic.

The spacious sedan, which has been available since 2005, will be “hybridized” by the end of this year with a similar look to its predecessor to internal combustion engines, also called the Flying Spur. But that’s the point. It’s a more fuel efficient version of the original car – with a “Hybrid” mark on the front screen and a quieter drive. The gas-powered Flying Spur starts at just under $ 200,000, while the hybrid is $ 204,000.

An interior look.
Credit: Bentley

The hybrid version provides approximately 25 miles of pure electric range and has an EV Drive mode to run the car completely with the battery. When fully charged and combined with its fully powered V6 engine, it can travel more than 640 km. It’s a touch slower than its V8, gas engine counterpart that takes 4.1 seconds to go from 0 to 60 mph instead of 4 seconds flat.

There is flawless emerald green, sharp frost white, open sea blue and quiet intensity gray for color choices.

You can custom configure the Flying Spur Hybrid on Bentley’s website.

A hint that this car is different.

A hint that this car is different.
Credit: Bentley

Bentley, a 102-year-old company, plans to do so go all electric by 2030, but until then it continues to add hybrid versions of its traditional vehicles. Its first 100 percent electric electric vehicle is estimated to arrive by 2026.

“We want to add sustainability to the luxury luxury experience,” said CEO Adrian Hallmark from headquarters in Crewe, England.

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