The Flying Spur Odyssean Edition represents the next step on Bentley’s sustainability journey, implementing a wealth of design ideas first revealed on the Bentley concept car, the EXP 100 GT. As a limited edition, it includes numerous exclusive features and finishes, many demonstrating the very best in environmentally friendly craft.
With an advanced 2.9 litre hybrid powertrain, it offers the established hallmarks of Bentley performance – effortless acceleration and an incredibly refined ride – alongside reduced emissions. The most fuel-efficient Bentley to roll out of the factory so far, it represents a statement of sustainable design, without compromise on character or craftsmanship.
Even at first glance, the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition strikes a different note from most luxury cars. Its exterior paintwork – with six natural tones recommended for this car by the Bentley design team – is complemented by the application of Pale Brodgar paint on many of the exterior details that would normally be finished in chrome. The result is simultaneously eye-catching and understated, as the muted finish adds an even more sophisticated touch to the door handles, the lower bumpers, the various bezels and the unique 21” ten twin-spoke wheels. Badging is equally subtle, with an Odyssean Edition badge on each ‘D’ pillar and the word ‘Hybrid’ visible on the trunk lid.
Powered by an uncompromising blend of a 2.9 litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine and a powerful electric motor, the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition delivers effortless exhilaration and power on the open road. Together, the engine and E Motor deliver 536 bhp (544 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb.ft) of torque, resulting in a combined range of 497 miles (800 km), with the capability to drive on electric power only for a full 25 miles (40km) (NEDC). In electric-only mode, the car’s top speed is 87 mph (140 km/h), making it more than capable of highway driving without engaging the petrol engine. Put your foot down, however, and you can experience the full power of the car: 0-60 mph in a thrilling 4.1 seconds (0-100 km/h in 4.3 secs) and a maximum speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).
On entering the cabin, you will step over unique Odyssean Edition treadplates, before taking a seat in a truly relaxing interior. The leather upholstery can be commissioned in your choice of five colour schemes, each continuing the theme of neutral tones established on the car’s exterior.
Inspired by the craftsmanship seen in the EXP 100 GT, ombré stitching sees three thread colours fade into one another across the surfaces of the seats, resulting in a luxuriously warm, shimmering effect. Panels of a locally sourced wool tweed, meanwhile, add a tactile warmth to the headrests and the backs of the seats.
Crown-cut Koa veneers are applied to the fascia and waistrails, their open-pore finish injecting minimalist style, thanks to their sparing use of lacquer – which in turn benefits the environment. Intricate 3D diamond-formed detailing, meanwhile, complements the sleek Piano Linen painted veneers used to clad the centre console.
Hybrid technology means the best of both worlds: low emissions and maximum range. To make long drives as comfortable and safe as possible, therefore, the Flying Spur Odyssean Edition includes the Touring Specification, offering features such as Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Detection, a head-up display and a night vision camera. The Seat Comfort Specification, meanwhile, provides ventilation, massage and winged comfort headrests for all four outboard seats, alongside adjustable cushion and backrest bolsters.