Bentley’s ambition is to become a 100% electric brand within the next ten years or so. With no “zero emission” model yet in the catalog, the British firm has a long way to go. Yet the first fully electrified Bentley has just been presented … but it wasn’t Bentley that designed it.
As part of its Beyond100 strategy, Bentley has a bold plan to become a 100% electric brand by 2030. This signals the end of the Crewe firm’s W12 engine. The British brand is not alone in this case: Jaguar Land Rover from 2025 and Volvo by 2030 as well. Bentley already offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga, but unlike Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo, the British firm has not yet built a “zero emission” vehicle. To fill the void, British company Lunaz, a Silverstone-based company that restores luxury British cars and converts them to electricity created the “world’s first electric classic Bentley.”
Their latest creation is based on a green 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur. Like all other projects, the Continental Flying Spur underwent an extensive body restoration before being converted to electricity. Its original 6.2-liter V8 was replaced with an electric powertrain, but performance and range specifications were not revealed. However, it most likely shares its mechanics with the electric version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom built by Lunaz (an electric unit that develops 375 horsepower and 700 Nm of torque). To power this engine, the electric Rolls-Royce has an 80 kWh battery providing a range of over 250 miles, or about 400 km. This allows the luxurious limousine to shoot down from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 5.0 seconds.
What about the interior?
Inside, the car has matching green leather seats on the outside. Unlike the classic car, the interior has been upgraded with a modern infotainment system with GPS navigation and Apple CarPlay. The suspension and brakes have also been brought up to modern standards, while power steering and air conditioning make the 1960s Bentley Continental Flying Spur easier to drive and more comfortable for everyday use. According to the company, this car was created for “One of the UK’s foremost car collectors”.
Now that the first electric Bentley has been built, Lunaz is taking orders for Continental S1, S2 and S3. These will be available in two and four-door configurations and will also be offered as a convertible. Prices for Lunaz’s electric Bentleys start at £ 350,000, or over 405,000 euros. The production will be limited to a few copies only.