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2022 Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner is one of the most exquisite PHEV sedans

Bentley’s bespoke division, Mulliner, has revealed its latest creation at the 2021 Monterey Car Week: The Flying Spur Mulliner. This is the first vehicle with an available electrified powertrain to serve as the pinnacle of the brand’s Flying Spur lineup. With a focus on craftsmanship and attention to detail, the Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner is the most luxurious variant of the sedan to date. Like other Mulliner vehicles, this will be handcrafted, designed, and engineered in the United Kingdom.

The Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner takes the details up a notch. On the outside, you’ll find 22-inch alloy wheels painted and polished in gray. It also features self-leveling wheel caps that remain upright as the wheels turn. In front, you’ll find what Bentley calls a “double diamond” front grille with a chrome lower area complemented by Mulliner-branded wing vents. The side mirror covers are finished in Satin Silver and the retractable Flying B hood ornament is now illuminated. Bentley also added a jeweled effect to the oil and fuel caps.

Getting inside, you’ll find illuminated Mulliner side sills and Mulliner deep-pile overmats. You’ll be able to specify the latter in eight custom-made, three-color combinations. The seats will feature accent color piping and Mulliner embroidery on the seats, which are stitched by hand. Bentley will offer specially curated interiors on the Flying Spur Mulliner. One of the examples is called Ascot, which blends Imperial Blue leather on the instrument panel, doors, and headliner with a light tan leather called Camel on the seats. The third color is white which is used on micro-piping, embroidery, and accent lines throughout the interior. Other themes include Flare, Sirius, Hot Spur, and Beluga, the latter two of which offer bolder color combinations.

The Flying Spur Mulliner includes diamond-quilted seats, three-dimensional quilted leather on the doors, and contrast piping on the seats, center console, instrument panel, and door waistrail. Achieving the diamond-on-diamond look took 18 months to develop the embroidery process according to Bentley. Each diamond pattern has 712 individual stitches that align exactly at the center of the diamond it makes. The interior trim also continues with the diamond theme throughout the cabin.

Mulliner specification Flying Spurs get a digital gauge cluster with exclusive graphics. Additional features include the Bentley rotating display, sports pedals, heated two-tone steering wheel, and a panoramic sunroof. The car also gets electronically operated and self-leveling picnic tables mounted behind the front seats, which are veneered and feature a leather-trimmed surface for a writing tool or a stylus. Owners will also receive leather-bound keys in a Mulliner-specific handcrafted box that matches the three-color cabin theme of their vehicle. The actual keys will also be in color-matched cases with contrast stitching.

In addition to the two internal combustion engines, the Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner is also offered with the new plug-in hybrid powertrain. That couples a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 with an electric motor, a 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery, and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The total system output is 536 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Flying Spur Mulliner to hit 60 mph in 4.1 seconds before topping out at 177 mph. In all-electric mode, Bentley says the Flying Spur Hybrid can travel up to 25 miles on a single charge. With a full tank and a full charge, the car can travel up to 435 miles. Charging the battery back to 100 percent using a level 2 AC charger or a 240-volt outlet takes as little as 2.5 hours depending on your region.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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