Lunaz has built an electric Continental before Bentley.
As part of its Beyond100 strategy, Bentley has a bold plan to go fully electric by 2030, signaling the end of the company's revered W12 engine. The British marque isn't alone as Jaguar Land Rover will become an electric-only brand even earlier, starting from 2025. Bentley already offers a plug-in hybrid version of the Bentayga, but, unlike Jaguar Land Rover, has yet to build a fully electric car. To fill the void, the UK's Lunaz, an electrification and restoration company based in Silverstone that specializes in converting classic British cars into modern EVs, has revealed the "world's first electric classic Bentley."
The company's latest creation is based on a 1961 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur finished in a custom two-tone green paint scheme.
Like every other project, the Continental Flying Spur underwent an extensive bare-metal restoration before being converted into an electric car. Its original 6.2-liter V8 has been replaced with an electric powertrain, but performance and range specifications have not been revealed.
However, it most likely shares the same setup as Lunaz's electric Rolls-Royce Phantom conversion featuring an in-house developed electric motor generating 375 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Providing the juice in the electric Rolls-Royce is an 80kWh battery pack providing a range of over 250 miles. This setup enables the electric sedan to accelerate from 0-62 mph in under five seconds.
Inside, the luxury car features leather seats finished in green matching the eye-catching exterior. In contrast to the classic exterior, the interior has been upgraded with a modern infotainment system with navigation and Apple CarPlay. The suspension and brakes have also been upgraded to the modern standards, while power-steering and air-conditioning make the 1960s Bentley Continental Flying Spur easier to drive and more comfortable to use on a daily basis by "one of the UK's most eminent car collectors" that commissioned the conversion.
Now that the first customer electric Bentley has been built, Lunaz is taking orders accepting orders for electric Bentley Continental S1, S2, S3. These will be available in two- and four-door configurations and will also be available as a convertible. Lunaz has been commissioned to restore, electrify and re-engineer rare coachbuilt Bentley cars including two James Young Cars. Pricing for Lunaz's electric Bentleys start at £350,000 ($486,458), but production will be strictly limited.