As global emission standards become more stringent, some automakers are starting to dive into the world of plug-in hybrids. One of the newest to join the crowd is Bentley and released their first with the Bentayga plug-in hybrid. It won't be the last from the folks from Crewe as our spies have spotted the hybridized version of their entry-level (if you can call it that) luxury sedan, the Flying Spur.
Normally, the Bentley Flying Spur isn't what one would consider being a candidate for this sort of powertrain. These big sedans pack either a twin-turbo V8 or a twin-turbo W12 engine not exactly being its top priority. For the next-generation model however, that's about to change.
For now, there's not a lot to see in the 2019 (or 2020) Flying Spur. The entire front fascia is still covered by a false panel and the same goes for the rear. There is, however, a gentle kink in the rear window, similar to the current model. What tipped off our spies that this is the plug-in hybrid version is the extra flap on the left side of the fender. One may argue that it is the fuel door but Bentleys have, traditionally, have had their fuel doors on the right hand side.
The next-generation Bentley Flying Spur will be riding on Volkswagen Group's MSB-F architecture. That means it shares the same platform as the Porsche Panamera and a clue as to what its plug-in hybrid powertrain will be. It is likely that the plug-in Flying Spur will use the same combination of a 3.0-liter V6 engine and high-powered electric motor. However, another candidate powetrain for the plug-in Flying Spur is the more powerful 4.0-liter V8, again mated to an electric motor.
In the Panamera, that V6-electric configuration makes a combined output of 462 PS and 700 Nm of torque. As for the V8-electric model, that makes 680 PS and 850 Nm of torque. With that, it is also possible that this particular variant of the Flying Spur will have power to all four wheels, likely making this the first all-wheel drive Bentley sedan.