2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. Its Competition

Bespoke 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The Ghost's only direct competition among its alternative group is the Bentley Continental Flying Spur.

The Bentley offers similar levels of performance, luxury, and refinement, though as Bentley's sales continue to increase, the Ghost may be the slightly more exclusive choice.

Maserati's Quattroporte and BMW's 7-Series both offer luxurious, driver-centric full-size sedan accommodations, but neither present the regal, stately image or feel of the Ghost.

On the other hand, they can be perceived as markedly less pretentious, as well as flying more smoothly under the radar on the commute to work.

Mercedes-Benz's S Class fits somewhere between these two realms, straddling both.

From the lower-end models that are more comparable to the 7-Series, up through the far end of the S600 range, which approaches Rolls-Royce and Bentley in refinement, features and price, it may be the jack-of-all-trades.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost is unquestionably deserving of its hyperluxury mantle, yet isn't ruffled by an owner that wants to take control personally.
9.4
The 2013 BMW 7-Series is exceptionally fleet-footed for such a spacious, luxurious, and technologically advanced car.
9.2
Covering its wide range of performance personalities, all with superb comfort and some of the world's top in-car tech, the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class is one model you'll be as happy to be in as to be seen in.
9.0
The 2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur isn't as driver-centric as the Continental coupes are, but it is a no-compromise luxury sedan with a fun streak.
7.8
The 2013 Maserati Quattroporte performs with some of the verve of a sports car, and aims to make new converts from those who drive stodgy luxury cars.
MSRP From    
$246,500$73,600$92,350$184,200$127,750
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Turbocharged Gas V12Turbocharged Gas I6Gas/Electric V6Turbocharged Gas/Ethanol W12Gas V8
EPA Class    
Large carLarge CarsLargeMidsize CarsLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 740i RWD4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S
Drivetrain    
Rear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission    
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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