Bentley is extending its luxury hybrid range with the addition of two new models to the Bentayga family, in the form of the S Hybrid and Azure Hybrid. The two new additions mean that 50 per cent of the car maker’s offerings are now dual powered.
The new Bentayga S Hybrid follows the introduction of the Flying Spur S Hybrid earlier this year, and delivers a combined power output of 340kW from its 3.0-litre TFSI V6 petrol engine and 100kW electric motor-generator.
It can sprint to 100km/h in just 5.3 seconds, with a top speed of 254km/h. The sensation of effortless power is, if anything, accentuated by the hybrid powertrain due to the capability of the electric motor to deliver its full torque output from the get go.
Like its V8-powered stablemate – the S Hybrid provides a more engaging drive, featuring (in Sport mode) sound enhancements in the engine bay, complementing the sound of the V6 and adding to the more sporting character of the car for the driver.
A 15 per cent increase in damping stiffens the chassis and provides a platform for a more dynamic SPORT mode ESC tune, while the S models’ unique hybrid sports exhaust brings a stirring symphony of sound.
The performance-oriented character of the Bentayga S Hybrid includes the dramatic Blackline specification, which substitutes black for polished metal on all exterior brightware apart from the Bentley ‘wings’ badge.
The effect is compounded by black side sills and door mirrors, dark-tint headlamps, black radiator grille and surround and Speed-style front bumper. Distinctive 22-inch wheels draw the eye, with the choice of silver, black or black and polished metal finishes.
Red-painted brake callipers join a Speed-style tailgate spoiler, dark tint rear lamps and black split-oval tailpipes to complete the visual package. Inside, flawlessly crafted hide and the tactile, nubbed finish of Dinamica, provide a subtle tribute to its use in motorsport.
It is offered in a choice of colour splits, carefully curated to create a sporty ambience for the interior. Another special touch is the driver digital instrumentation, featuring ‘performance’ design dials like those in the Bentayga Speed.
A PHEV power meter within the rev counter is included. Fluted seating and ‘S’ emblems on the fascia, illuminated treadplates and headrests further distinguish the ‘S’ hybrid from its Azure sibling.
The Bentayga Azure Hybrid is the flipside of the coin, focused on on-board relaxation, ride comfort and quiet motoring. A smoother ride ensures a more calming journey too. As with other Azure models, it’s all about wellbeing.
This is promoted through a combination of design, technology and craftsmanship, with the Azure featuring Bentley’s Front Seat Comfort Specification, offering up to 22-way adjustability and a heating and ventilation function.
The sense of safe, serene progress and relaxed control is further enhanced by the Touring Specification of driver assistance systems. Adaptive cruise control maintains a set distance from the vehicle in front, slowing down when necessary.
Together with lane and traffic assist, and Bentley Safeguard, Bentley’s suite of onboard radar and camera systems constantly monitoring the surrounding traffic and roads, the driving experience is world class.
Three open-pore veneers – Dark Walnut, Crown-Cut Walnut and Koa – offer a calm, soft satin sheen as alternatives to Bentley’s full selection of high gloss veneers. Azure customers also enjoy a choice of 15 hide colours and colour splits.
The Azure emblem can be found on the fascia, illuminated treadplates and seat embroidery. Completing the interior specification are Bentley ‘B’ foot pedals, mood lighting and a duo-tone steering wheel with heating function.
Externally, the Bentayga Azure Hybrid features bright chrome lower bumper grilles, Azure badging, 22-inch ten-spoke wheels and finishing touches such as the Bentley ‘jewel’ filler cap. The effect is both elegant and timeless.
The two new Bentayga Hybrid models represent the next step in Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy. By 2025, the full Bentley line-up will be offered with hybrid powertrains, coinciding with the launch of the first ever Bentley Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).
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