All-new sedan spotted during cold weather testing, and confirms upcoming PHEV powertrain. We reckon the W12 will be first to hit the market later this year, though.
The plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Bentley Flying Spur has been snapped out and about on the snowy roads of Europe this week, ahead of an anticipated reveal later in the year.
With that in mind it'll be based on the Volkswagen Group's MSB architecture shared with the likes of the Continental and Porsche Panamera, along with the latter's PHEV drivetrain option.
In terms of the hybrid, there's two options on the table – the twin-turbo V6 hybrid system that's already in the Bentayga Hybrid and Panamera 4 e-Hybrid, or the twin-turbo V8 powertrain that does service in the Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid.
The former pairs a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery, good for system outputs of 340kW and 700Nm. Meanwhile, the latter features a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with an electric motor and battery pack putting out 500kW and 850Nm.
Regardless of powertrain, expect the Flying Spur to be fast and frugal, while claiming an all-electric driving range of 40-50 kilometres.
Other changes expected as part of the generational update include the latest in driver assistance and semi-autonomous driving systems, along with the new Virtual Cockpit and MMI infotainment system first seen in the related Continental GT.
We'd expect the 'standard' W12 TSI model to be revealed first, powered by Bentley's updated 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 making 466kW and 900Nm. Thanks to a quick-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive, the Flying Spur W12 should hit triple figures in under 4.0 seconds.
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