Those looking for the same kind of exclusivity in more of a pulse-quickening sport sedan should consider the Maserati Quattroporte, which feels closer to a full-fledged sportscar and has styling that's—in most places—more attention-getting than the Spur's.
The Quattroporte also costs a bit less.
Others who want some of the best technology features might check out the Mercedes-Benz S600 or its performance-tuned variant, the S65 AMG.
Both of the big S-Class super-sedans are powered by big twin-turbo V-12 engines and are just as comfortable as the 2009 Flying Spur—though they won't command respect in the same way or have the same distinct interior materials.
For less money, the Audi S8 is also worth consideration; it's powered by a Lamborghini-derived V-10 engine, and it offers very satisfying performance and a lighter, nimbler feel on the road.
Next year there will be two other luxurious and sporty sedans that buyers might also cross-shop: the 2010 Aston Martin Rapide and 2010 Porsche Panamera.
Both are likely to have long waiting lists their first year.
|2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur||2008 Audi S8||2008 Maserati Quattroporte|
|$174,100Browse Used Listings||$93,300Browse Used Listings||$114,750Browse Used Listings|
|10 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy|
|Turbocharged Gas W12||Gas V10||Gas V8|
|4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan Automatic|
|All-Wheel Drive||All-Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive|
|4-Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|