The new Bentley Flying Spur, due to be revealed by the end of 2018, could be the next model in the car maker’s lineup to get a hybrid variant, according to CEO Adrian Hallmark.
The firm's first electrified production model, the Bentayga Hybrid, was revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show. While the new Continental GT might seem a natural choice to be the next fitted with a hybrid, Hallmark said it might be the Flying Spur that gets an electrified powertrain first, because it is the firm's second biggest volume car after the Bentayga.
"There’s two aspects that drive electrification. One is compliance with regional standards and the other is being competitive. In terms of compliance in certain markets, that will lead us down one direction," said Hallmark.
"Obviously Bentayga is our highest volume car so that’s the first one we have to hybridise. The next volume car is probably going to be the saloon car, so if you wanted a second car just for compliance, then that would normally be the next selection."
When asked whether that meant the next hybrid would be the Flying Spur saloon, Hallmark said: “Possibly. We’ll make that decision in next six months.”
Talking more broadly about the new Flying Spur, Hallmark said there would be more differentiation with its sibling car, the Continental GT, than in the outgoing models, confirming Autocar's earlier scoop on the model.
“If we look at the outgoing Continental and the current Flying Spur, it was absolutely unashamedly the strategy to have as much carry-over as possible. The whole dashboard, the front wing, everything.