2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. Its Competition

2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

As the driver's Bentley, the natural competition for the Flying Spur is the driver's Rolls-Royce: the Ghost.

It essentially matches the Flying Spur on most accounts, including power, refinement, and comfort.

The Maserati Quattroporte, on the other hand, is far more a sports sedan, with more suave styling and Italian passion.

The Mercedes-Benz S600, and its AMG counterparts, the S63 and S65, offer as much or more power than the Bentley, and the same for comfort, though they're less opulent inside and perhaps less distinctive outside.

Finally, there's the Porsche Panamera, which, like the Quattroporte, is more about serious sporting capability while seating four adults, with a very nice if not perfect interior and a just-short-of-elegant exterior.

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Quick Specs
9.0
The 2012 Bentley Continental doesn't stir the soul the way its two-door siblings do, but it's a powerful, smooth, refined, and eminently luxurious sedan.
9.2
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful.
8.2
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
The 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost is a hyper-luxury conveyance for the person that has arrived, but doesn't mind driving themselves to the destination.
8.0
The 2012 Maserati Quattroporte is a stylish, well-handling, exclusive choice for a luxury sedan.
MSRP From    
$184,200$91,850$75,200$246,500$127,250
Gas Mileage    
11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas/Ethanol W12Gas/Electric V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas V12Gas V8
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsLargeLarge CarLarge carLarge
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door HB4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S
Drivetrain    
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55455
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/A4N/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door SedanHatchbackSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. 2012 Porsche Panamera2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur vs. 2012 Maserati Quattroporte