Compare 2012 Bentley Flying Spur vs 2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class vs 2012 Porsche Panamera

2012 Bentley Flying Spur
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2012 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2012 Porsche Panamera
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4-Door Sedan
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Continental Flying Spur 4-Door Sedan 11 18 N/A $184,200
Continental Flying Spur 4-Door Sedan Speed 11 18 N/A $209,600
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4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 350 BlueTEC 4MATIC 21 31 $86,072 $92,550
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD 19 25 $85,421 $91,850
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 4MATIC 15 24 $90,675 $97,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 550 RWD 15 25 $87,885 $94,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 600 RWD 12 19 $148,335 $159,500
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 63 AMG RWD 15 23 $129,549 $139,300
S-Class 4-Door Sedan S 65 AMG RWD 12 19 $196,137 $210,900
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4-Door HB
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Panamera 4-Door HB 18 27 $67,500 $75,200
Panamera 4-Door HB 4 18 26 $71,640 $79,800
Panamera 4-Door HB 4S 16 24 $85,500 $95,200
Panamera 4-Door HB S 16 24 $81,120 $90,300
Panamera 4-Door HB S Hybrid 22 30 $85,320 $95,000
Panamera 4-Door HB Turbo 15 23 $122,850 $136,700
Panamera 4-Door HB Turbo S 15 23 $155,700 $173,200
Pricing
Invoice Price
N/A
$86,072
$67,500
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$184,200
$92,550
$75,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$3070 / month
$1543 / month
$1253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
9.0
9.2
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a wide range of personalities--all of them superbly comfortably, some of them outrageously powerful. Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan.
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Fuel Economy
City
11 mpg 21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
18 mpg 31 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Cars Large Large Car
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
- TBD - 38.5 38.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 58.7 51.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.5 41.9 41.9
Passenger Capacity
5 5 4
Front Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.8 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.6 42.3 33.3
Front Head Room (in)
- TBD - 37.8 38.0
Second Hip Room (in)
- TBD - 60.9 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
- TBD - 59.1 51.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.0 109.0 98.0
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.75 5.6
Length, Overall (in)
208.3 206.5 195.7
Height, Overall (in)
55.0 58.0 55.8
Track Width, Rear (in)
63.3 63.2 65.4
Wheelbase (in)
108.1 124.6 115.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.8 73.7 83.2
Track Width, Front (in)
63.9 63.1 65.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
16.7 16.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
- - 15.7
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
- - 44.6
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.8 x 0.9 13.0 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 13.2 x 1.25 14.2 x 1.4
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
23.8 23.8 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.7 40.0 39.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.8 2.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 17.83 17.1-13.8
Tires
Front Tire Size
P285/45R19 P255/45R18 245/50R18
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Rear Tire Size
P285/45R19 P255/45R18 275/45R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA N/A
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
5567 4784 3880
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
19 x 9.0 18 x 8.5 18 x 9.0
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
19 x 9.0 18 x 8.5 18 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
19.0 - TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Engine
Displacement
6.0L/366 3.0L/182 3.6L/220
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
552 @ 6100 240 @ 3600 300 @ 6200
Engine Type
Turbocharged Gas/Ethanol W12 Turbocharged Diesel V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
479 @ 1600-6100 455 @ 2400 295 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
11 21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
13 25 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
18 31 27
Transmission
Trans Type
6 7 7
Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.87 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.42 4.57
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.34 2.86 3.31
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.52 3.07 3.54
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.14 1.37 1.37
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.82 0.81
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.17 4.38 5.97
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.92 2.01
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- - 0.59
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan Hatchback
Vehicle Name
Bentley Continental Flying Spur Mercedes-Benz S-Class Porsche Panamera
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Air Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Air Independent Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
1 5 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
14.3 8.5 8.7

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