2013 Bentley Flying Spur vs. Its Competition

2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

As the driver's Bentley sedan, there's only one real natural competitor, the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

As the driver's sedan of the Rolls-Royce range, it closely matches the Flying Spur in terms of power, luxury, equipment, and style.

Mercedes-Benz's S600, while not springing from so exclusive a niche, offers much in the way of a similar driving experience; the S63 and S65 AMG models go to even more extreme levels of large-sedan performance.

All S Class models come up a touch short in terms of opulence, however.

The Maserati Quattroporte takes a sportier angle at the luxury sedan theme, with Italian flair and style.

Porsche's Panamera offers even more incredible sporting performance, as well as a very well-trimmed interior, but its slightly awkward exterior and more ordinary interior likely take it out of the equation for the Bentley shopper.

2013 Bentley Continental Flying Spur2013 Bentley Flying Spur
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2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec 4Matic2013 Mercedes-Benz S Class
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2013 Porsche Panamera Platinum Edition2013 Porsche Panamera
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Bespoke 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost at 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost
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2013 Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT S2013 Maserati Quattroporte
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Quick Specs
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.
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.
The 2013 Porsche Panamera continues the success of the brand's unusual-looking fastback sport sedan.
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.
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    
Gas Mileage    
11 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Turbocharged Gas/Ethanol W12Gas/Electric V6Gas V6Turbocharged Gas V12Gas V8
EPA Class    
Midsize CarsLargeLarge CarLarge carLarge Cars
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan S 400 Hybrid RWD4-Door HB4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Quattroporte S
All Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
Automatic w/manual shiftAutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic w/manual shift
Detailed Spec Comparison
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