Elegant Excess

Representing the last Bentley sedan, and powered by a combination of gasoline and electricity, the Flying Spur hybrid is a testament to the philosophy of “more is better.”

With the Mulsanne discontinued, Bentley’s last 4-door sedan is the Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid, carrying on the tradition of an elegant sedan that is essentially a limousine. Powered by a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 mated to a 100kW electric motor, an 8-speed transmission, and all-wheel-drive, it glides along in a quiet, stately manner. A combined horsepower of 536 propels this substantial beast from 0 to 60 in just 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 177 mph, allowing it to easily embarrass Corvettes. Built on the superbly-tuned chassis of the Porsche Panamera (VW owns Bentley and Porsche), the Flying Spur delivers crisp response in corners, with the electric motor providing a ton of torque to propel it out of corners, revealing its Porsche lineage. The interior provides sumptuous surroundings for 5, swaddled in hand-stitched leather and gleaming woodwork. Analog gauges display engine data, as digital displays would be gauche in this impressive chariot. Yes, lesser-priced sedans could transport you and fellow passengers in comfort and style, but it wouldn’t be a Bentley, would it?;