2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. Its Competition

2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur

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.

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Quick Specs
8.6
The 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur merges Bentley's racing and motor sports heritage with its more recent history of strong, silent, and spacious luxury sedans—and it works splendidly.
8.6
MSRP From  
$174,100$93,300$114,750
Gas Mileage  
10 MPG City / 17 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine  
Turbocharged Gas W12Gas V10Gas V8
EPA Class  
Mid-SizeMidsizeLarge
Style Name  
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Automatic
Drivetrain  
All-Wheel DriveAll-Wheel DriveRear wheel drive
Passenger Capacity  
555
Passenger Doors  
N/AN/AN/A
Body Style  
4-Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission  
AutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. 2008 Audi S82009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. 2008 Maserati Quattroporte