New Bentley Flying Spur makes Saudi debut

Updated 13 October 2013
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New Bentley Flying Spur makes Saudi debut

Luxury automotive manufacturer Bentley Motors and Al Ghassan Motors unveiled the new Flying Spur in Jeddah Wednesday night.
Following its global debut at the Salon International de l’Autoin Geneva earlier this year, Bentley establishes a new luxury performance sedan benchmark. With its unrivalled blend of effortless drivability, exquisite luxury and craftsmanship, sculpted design and state-of-the-art technology, the new Flying Spur takes the worldwide success of its iconic predecessor to another level.
Commenting on the new luxury sedan, Regional Manager of Bentley Middle East Chris Buxton said: “The Flying Spur has long been a favorite for our customers here in the Middle East, a true icon, which has attracted a loyal following.
 The New Flying Spur is the pinnacle of luxury and refinement with exceptional performance that is synonymous with all Bentley models. This will be an extremely popular model in the region.”
Steven Hill, GM, Al Ghassan Motors, commented: “We are proud to be launching the New Flying Spur in the Kingdom. This luxury sedan’s predecessor proved to be extremely popular, and now with the new styling, modern technology as well as the craftsmanship we are sure the New Flying Spur will be a success.”
Bentley’s styling team has developed an athletic design for the new Flying Spur that combines traditional Bentley styling cues with a sporting stance and contemporary details. Sharp feature lines complements a muscular rear haunch, while LED day-time running lights, dipped headlights and taillights characterize the front and rear profiles.
Driver and passengers alike interface with the car and the outside world through touchscreen infotainment, mobile connectivity, including Wi-Fi, a rear seat entertainment suite and a new hand-held touchscreen remote, which allows rear-cabin occupants to control an extensive range of features from the comfort of their seat.
 An eight-channel, eight-speaker audio system with balanced mode radiators provides high quality sound clarity.
Powering the new Flying Spur is Bentley’s renowned 6-liter, twin turbo W12 engine, coupled to a ZF eight-speed transmission, it develops 625 PS (616 bhp) and 800 Nm of torque. Power is delivered to the road via all-wheel drive with a 40:60 rear-biased torque split for a sure-footed, engaging drive in all road and weather conditions.
The interior designers have created a luxurious, spacious cabin that dresses advanced acoustic and electronic technologies in exquisite hand-crafted leather hides and wood veneers.
 
The new redesigned front and rear seats trimmed in natural premium quality leather use a softer yet more durable hide unique to Bentley and available in twelve different colors.
The craftsmen and women of Bentley’s renowned woodshop have applied the finest wood veneers to finish the cabin of the new Flying Spur. Utilizing almost ten square meter sustainably sourced natural wood per car, the Flying Spur features book-matched and mirror-polished veneers.
 
To enhance the wrap-around feel of the forward cabin, the veneer of the dashboard meets that of the doors in a perfectly aligned curve, giving the impression of an unbroken arc of wood around the interior.
 
Crafted entirely by hand, cured for 72 hours and clear lacquered to enhance the natural beauty of the wood, a range of seven sophisticated veneers are available.
As with the entire Bentley range, the new Flying Spur is built to individual customers’ exacting specifications.
 
A range of 17 standard exterior paint colors includes dark cashmere, a sophisticated and contemporary addition to the Bentley palette.
 
The extended paint range of over 100 colors is joined by Damson, a rich hue inspired by the extremely rare purple diamond, and one that is complemented by an optional matching hide color.


Pair of Japanese premium melons sell for record $29,300

Updated 26 May 2018
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Pair of Japanese premium melons sell for record $29,300

  • Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues.
  • Ordinary fruit is comparatively expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost as much as $3.

TOKYO: A single pair of premium melons on Saturday fetched a record 3.2 million yen ($29,300) at auction in Japan, where the fruit is regarded as a status symbol.
Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to “ooh and aah” over the extravagant edibles.
The winning bid was placed by a local fruit packing firm for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said.
The figure — enough to buy a new car in Japan — topped the previous record for the luxury fruit, which fetched 3.0 million yen two years ago.
“Yubari melons are growing well this year as sunshine hours have been long since early May,” said market official Tatsuro Shibuta.
Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan — like a fine wine — with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues.
The best-quality Yubari melons are perfect spheres with a smooth, evenly patterned rind. A T-shaped stalk is left on the fruit, which is usually sold in an ornate box.
Even ordinary fruit is comparatively expensive in Japan and it is not unusual for a single apple to cost as much as $3.