It’s tough to not take pleasure in driving the Bentley Flying Spur. Throw in a severe Naim sound system, and it’s virtually not possible. However, naturally, we need to ensure.
In the event you’re spending £168,300 on a automobile, you’d be mad to not add the Naim for Bentley premium audio system, which provides a comparatively measly £6595 to the price of this mannequin. In fact, we might have stated that earlier than we’d relaxed again into the leather-based seat and turned the system on. However that’s simply us – and the impeccable pedigree these corporations have for creating wonderful in-car leisure. Want any extra convincing?
Naim and Bentley have been in partnership since 2008, throughout which period in-car expertise has come a good distance. Inside this monster of a motor, there are actually 21 audio system, every with its personal amplification, making for 2200W of whole energy. The system offers you full management over the sound contained in the automobile, from sound modes to adjustment of the candy spot, to not point out the extra rudimentary controls.
9 balanced mode radiators (BMR) type the center of the system, with two rear surrounds, one in every door, and three throughout the entrance of the sprint. Lively bass enhanced seats will be loved by these within the entrance, pumping bass proper into your bones, whereas everybody else advantages from the bass audio system and tweeters dotted fastidiously round the remainder of the inside.
The standard of the design and set up means all these audio system sink seamlessly into the inside relatively than stick out unnecessarily. When your eyes do meet the drivers, you’ll be impressed by the intricate consideration to element; from the understated Naim badging, to the distinction stitching and even the patterned holes within the speaker grille.
Bentley presents loads of methods to personalise your Flying Spur (£168,300), so it’s price stating that our evaluate mannequin options the Excessive Silver paintwork and has each the First Version (£37,300) and Blackline specs (£3550), the Naim for Bentley premium audio system (£6595) and rear-seat leisure with maps (£5775). Yep, it’s not low cost.
There are numerous different extras with every spec, however most of those concern beauty prospers that can set your automobile aside from all different Flying Spurs in your avenue, and vary from relatively beautiful to not totally needed. Blackline switches each chrome ingredient to gloss black for a extra ‘aggressive aesthetic’, whereas the First Version’s cherry on the cake is a retractable, polished metal Flying B mascot, resplendent with illuminated wings, which hides after which emerges as you lock and unlock the automobile.
The Bentley Rotating Show, as seen on the Continental GT, is without doubt one of the many touches to remind you that you just’re coping with a particular piece of engineering. It rotates to disclose Naim’s Central Show – a 12.3in Full HD touchscreen that offers you entry to your leisure and the flexibility to regulate the standard in-car controls. The display manages that all-important process of feeling as responsive and intuitive because the smartphones with which we’re all acquainted.
In truth, the touchscreen is so good it makes us look considerably disparagingly on the buttons beneath, that are barely clunky. However expertise tells us that not having to rely totally on a touchscreen makes a whole lot of sense, not least while you don’t have a passenger with you to make any changes.
With entry to DAB, FM and AM radio, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and even a digital TV tuner, the primary show can be the place you’ll unlock Naim’s Digital Sign Processor (DSP) modes. This processing tailors the sound not solely to this specific mannequin and its speaker format but additionally to the individuals within the automobile and your personal sonic preferences.
There’s rather a lot to be stated for letting the automobile’s laptop care for issues right here, similar to when the quantity and bass are dialled up in keeping with your acceleration. It lets you actually really feel at one with the automobile, particularly should you determine to check out the three.eight seconds Bentley claims is required to speed up from zero to 100kph.
And naturally, there are a lot extra options within the automobile. As one passenger famous, “The one factor that’s lacking is a fridge”… after which we discovered a fridge tucked between the rear seats.
A lot as we love each minute of being on this automobile, shifting from A to B in what appears like essentially the most snug seat you’ve ever sat on (heated therapeutic massage chairs included), we’re actually right here to wrap our ears across the sound system. And what a deal with it’s.
If the Flying Spur is that beyond-comfortable chair, then the Naim for Bentley system is the excellent high-end hi-fi system that fully envelops you, even sending low frequencies proper via you, because of these lively bass transducers within the seats.
With a house system, your room performs a major position within the closing sound and that’s no completely different right here. Fortunately the Bentley Flying Spur is so properly put collectively that any exterior noise is a distant reminiscence. The six-litre W12 TSI twin-turbocharged engine rears its head often, though the within is acoustically damped. However, in fact, Naim has taken all of this into consideration.
Listening to Dr Dre’s Nonetheless D.R.E, the well-known piano riff cuts via with crisp readability, whereas drums are tight and punchy as you’d need. There’s loads of bass depth – whether or not you choose to dial issues up with the Lively Bass items or not, you get severe energy to low frequencies. Nevertheless it’s by no means lazy or obtuse, merely providing you with the extent of weight and presence that the monitor possesses.
Naim for Bentley guarantees “correct and extensive frequency response” and we’re pleased to agree with that sentiment. It’s exhausting to withstand a little bit of Hans Zimmer, and Time from the Inception soundtrack treats us to a way of scale that might make any severe hi-fi system proud. Promising to fill a room with music doesn’t all the time go to plan, most of it is available in stereo in any case, however thanks in no small half to Naim’s DSP there’s no lack of precision right here, simply an additional sense of immersion.
Quickly we’re in that fabled place when testing nice hi-fi of desirous to play something and every part we will lay our palms on, simply to listen to how nice it sounds. Dance music is rhythmic and managed, acoustic tracks have spectacular perception and texture, whereas rock and pop from the radio is saved properly balanced whether or not you select to play it loud or quiet.
Naim and Bentley have perfected their craft to ship an excellent sound that befits the Flying Spur. Agile, refined and highly effective, the Naim for Bentley premium audio system does its environment justice. In the event you’re lucky sufficient to be considering shopping for this automobile, the audio system is an entire no-brainer.
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