This is why Bentley should've won an interior design award
A few words on Bentley's "Diamond Knurling" in the Flying Spur.
A couple of days ago I learnt that VW had won an interior design award with its ID. Buggy Concept and, naturally, I immediately Googled it up to check out pictures of the award-winning interior.
Then I also did some research about the what and the who and as it turns out, the ID.Buggy had been shortlisted along with four other cars including two Bentleys, the EXP100GT concept and the all-new Flying Spur. I've given it some thought and I've decided that if it were up to me, Bentley should have taken first and second place with the EXP100GT and the Flying Spur respectively because this (optional extra) specification alone deserves your attention.
Bentley calls it "Diamond Knurling" and even though some might call it "tawdry", it is actually very clever. The front console vents incorporate 5,331 individual diamond shaped knurls, 3,500 are encrusted in the rear vents and 1,800 on the B-pillars. These diamond shapes are super tiny, each with edges of just 0.3mm.
Normally, manufacturers use CAD software to create this sort of thing but Bentley used a different design software, which in turn applies algorithms to make sure all diamonds are evenly balanced and shaped considering the fact that they're positioned on surfaces with different curvatures and shapes.
I love this level of attention to detail and after all, with cars like the Bentley, these things matter. The Flying Spur is essentially a four-door grand tourer, powered by a 6-litre twin-turbo W12 putting 626 hp and 664 torques. It is therefore designed to create a seamless driving experience or, more accurately, riding experience, because I assume the average Bentley Flying Spur owner employs a chauffeur and doesn't actually drive the car him/herself.