The Flying Spur is the second Bentley model to receive a PHEV variant. This special edition will be followed by a standard PHEV model.
The BentleyFlying Spur Hybrid is being introduced with a limited-edition model that includes a number of special features developed from the EXP 100 concept car designed to showcase the brand’s commitment to new sustainable materials.
Will produce 300 units
Uses materials seen in EXP 100 GT concept
2.9-litre hybrid V6 engine makes 543hp combined
EV only range of 40km
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition: what is it?
The recently revealed version of the four-door grand tourer follows the Bentayga Hybrid as the firm’s second plug-in model, and is a key step on the Crewe firm’s path to becoming an EV-only brand by 2030 as part of its Beyond 100 strategy. A plug-in version of the Continental GT is set to follow the Flying Spur Hybrid at some stage and Bentley is also working on its first bespoke EV, which is due around 2025.
The new Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition will be limited to around 300 units, and will effectively serve as the launch version of the new model.
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid Odyssean Edition: engine and performance
Under the hood, the Flying Spur Hybrid features a 2.9-litre, twin-turbocharged petrol V6 that comes paired to a 136hp electric motor for a total output of 543hp and 750Nm. This translates to a 0-100kph time of 4.1sec and a top speed of 285kph. The Flying Spur PHEV is also capable of an EV-only range of around 40km.
The significant differences of the Odyssean Edition are found inside the car, with extensive use of new, sustainable materials, many of which were first seen on the EXP 100 GT that was produced in 2019 for the brand’s 100th anniversary. That concept was designed to showcase Bentley’s future as an electric and sustainable brand, and the use of materials from it in the Odyssean Edition is designed to showcase the early steps to realise that goal.
The materials include upholstery featuring tweed made from British wool, which has been switched into a bespoke yarn for Bentley. It is the first production use of the fabric in a vehicle, and showcases efforts the firm is making to use sustainable wool more widely. The dashboard is finished with an open pore Koa wood veneer, which is finished using 90 percent less lacquer than traditional high-gloss veneers. The wood is sustainably sourced and Bentley says it plants three trees for each one it fells.
The interior will be offered in a special new hide called Autumn, with a choice of five designs. Bentley claims the use of hide in the Odyssean Edition is part of the firm’s efforts to prove it can be sustainable and ethically sourced. The seats also feature a new embroidery style featuring multiple colours threaded together to highlight the diamond stitching pattern in the seats.
The exterior features details including the 21-inch wheels, bumpers, light surrounds and side chrome elements finished in a new Pale Brodgar colour, with a recommended set of six colours to choose from - although buyers will be able to pick from any other paint the firm offers.
The Odyssean Edition also features Bentley’s Touring Specification driver assistance systems as standard, along with the retractable illuminated 'Flying B' bonnet mascot, LED puddle lights and Bentley’s rotating console display.