Dreaming of touring luxury at the super-premium end of the market? Here's what almost a quarter of a million pounds' worth of leisure vehicle looks like.
Driving license and wallet at the ready? You're going to need both for this giant.
For the uninitiated, Niesmann+Bischoff is the flagship brand of Erwin Hymer Group, and this is the newest addition to its range-topping Flair line-up - as viewed in the equally impressive showroom at the all-new premises of Erwin Hymer Centre (Travelworld), the sole UK agent for new N+B motorhomes.
It's a fitting setting for the most expensive model in its multi-million-pound display. Most of us will never be able to afford a vehicle like this, but we can all dream! This is no ordinary 'van - more of a luxury apartment on wheels.
There's a pretty typical lounge, flat floor throughout and a garage (and payload) large enough for a scooter.
On the road
There's a sizeable Thetford oven/grill above this, and a Siemens microwave that only taller folk can reach.
The main kitchen across the corridor on the nearside, however, is something to behold. There's a three-ring gas hob set in the 'mineral' worktop, with permanent work surface to its right and a sink (inset, with flush-fit loose cover) on the left.
Taking up its own dedicated storage is a coffee machine, a £198 option but somehow, in this setting, deemable as an essential. Under the work surface, with its slide-out extension, you'll find eight drawers and two handy waste/recycling bins.
The toilet room is exactly that - home only to an upgraded toilet with holding tank. But you do also get an Alde radiator, a window and upper-level locker storage.
A sliding partition and the toilet room can be used to create a full-width washroom, with dressing space.
That's everything from the £13,000 Pure Metal Silver exterior paintwork, to the upgrade to the 205bhp engine with automatic transmission (over £6500, combined), full interior air conditioning (two Truma Saphir unites, at £2168 each), some £2000 worth of leather upholstery, over £1500 of toilet upgrade, the £2700 Liner Pack, the £3450 Multi Media Pack - the list simply goes on and on.
It's interesting in vehicles such as this to go around trying to recognise fittings you might find on any 'van - the light switches and power sockets, for example. The electric fan rooflight over the kitchen. Concertina blinds and flyscreens to the habitation windows.
|Layout||Rear single beds|
|Fresh/waste water||370L / 250L|
|Leisure battery||150 Ah|
|Secondary leisure battery||150 Ah|
Dometic Fridge, 3-burner gas hob, Combined Oven/Grill, Microwave, Extractor fan
Separate shower cubicle
So that's what nearly a quarter of a million pounds' worth of motorhome looks like - luxury and quality, through and through. We're in the presence of greatness here. This is, quite simply, a piece of highly polished German engineering. That build quality marries perfectly with the high level of kit on board, and the enormous payload means that you can carry all of the kit that you will require. Need we say more?