Mercedes New S-Class vs. Bentley Flying Spur

Mercedes S63 AMG 4MATIC vs. Bentley Flying Spur. The ultimate comparison! Personally, I don’t fancy that much to write about comparing two different cars. I did some but didn’t really like the concept that much. Because, there is no fun and passion whilst comparing two cars. However, the new Mercedes S63 AMG 4MATIC and new Bentley Flying Spur ignite some passion.

Mercedes S63 AMG 4MATIC is the AMG version of the new S-Class with four-wheel drive system branded as 4MATIC. Literally, S63 AMG 4MATIC will be able to go through snow covered roads during the winter and I am sure it will be so much fun to four-wheel drive S63 AMG. However, at the end of the day that’s a Mercedes S-Class. Basically, the most common and least passionate large luxury sedan. However, this engineering dullness hinders the state-of-art technologies! New S-Class, including the S63 AMG, is capable of driving by itself the only thing prevents for doing this is the regulations. And also, new S-Class can detect cross traffic, people jumping to street, cyclist, also potential rear-end crash, front end crash, cross wind. And if you are lazy to press brake, the new S-Class stops itself in many conditions to prevent an accident to occur. In addition, the digital cameras scan the road condition and adjust the suspension to eliminate any imperfection on the road and you feel nothing inside the cabin. Rear seats can turn into partial beds and offers hot stone massage around the four seats. And also new S-Class offers wide range of engine to capture a huge market share and that’ s a very good decision and I always support it. However, this business model destroys the exclusiveness of a Bentley.

Mercedes S63 AMG 4MATIC is powered by 5.5-lt V8 with 585 HP and 900 Nm of torque. 7-speed automatic transmission is offered but it will be replaced by a 9-speed automatic soon. Only needs 4 seconds to reach 100 km/h and the top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

Bentley Flying Spur is the four-door version of Continental GT but it is brand new car. Unlike new S-Class, Flying Spur is unseen when it is parked in the middle of the road. Because, the lines of Flying Spur reflects the peace inside the cabin. Flying Spur is car that harmonised the British craftsmanship with German engineering. The result is state-of-art comfort during the travel, extremely precise interior. Every bit inside the cabin is beautifully designed and crafted. Unlike new S-Class, you will not see any relatively low quality plastic! Flying Spur’s interior is like an iPhone, everything fits perfectly with each other. Engineering part gives the best of the W12 and four-wheel drive system. However, Bentley Flying Spur cannot detect cross traffic or pre-sense rear-end crash. These technologies are exclusive to Mercedes, if you want to have a car that has more safety systems than an airplane, go for the S-Class. But if you wish to travel in comfort, elegance and exclusivity always go for Bentley. Flying Spur offers seat ventilation, heating, massage and other things as standard. The option list is the interesting colour that you wish your Flying Spur to be painted.

Bentley Flying Spur is powered by a 6-lt W12 engine with 625 HP with 800 Nm of torque. And coupled with 8-speed automatic gearbox. Only 4.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h and 320 km/h is the top speed.

My personal opinion, Bentley Flying Spur is the better choice for long journey and moving away from the S-Class community. However, when you move away from the S-Class, you move away from the state-of-art safety systems. But you will end up with plastic interior parts, which destroys the harmony.

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BMW xDrive vs. Audi Quattro vs. Mercedes 4MATIC

As the weather is getting cold and snow is approaching to our houses day by day. I wanted to clear out the most important dilemma of automotive industry. Which is better? Audi Quattro, Mercedes 4MATIC of BMW xDrive.

If you have no idea about these things, I can summarise them in a different way. These brands represent four-wheel drive system from different car manufacturers. Despite the fact that each system rotates each wheel but there are serious fundamental difference within each other. This is like comparing handbags from Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Mulberry. They all offer handbags but each of them have different characteristics.

According to YouTube videos, the best four-wheel drive system is BMW xDrive! I know, Audi fans will be shouting Quattro is the best, but Quattro has a longer response time when the wheels are spinning. Also Mercedes 4MATIC cannot response as quick as BMW xDrive.

Like you, I am surprised with the results. I was expecting the legendary Quattro will be the quickest system but BMW did its homework very well and developed a better four-wheel drive system. Also, everything is done by electronics. No mechanical locks or anything. The traction control applies brake to each wheel, when it realises a traction loss. Very simple and works brilliantly!


Global Four Wheel Drive

Last one decade we heard this phrase all the time, “global warming.” I am not going to discuss about this here. But I noticed something a bit interesting!
During last one decade, automotive firms started to offer something quite opposite to global warming, four wheel drive option for passenger vehicles. As we all know that, global warming means there will be warmer weather and less snow! This means, we don’t need four wheel drive, single axle traction will be adequate.
Interestingly, automotive firms thought totally something else and started to expand the four wheel drive option across the whole passenger vehicle range. Especially Mercedes and BMW did this very well! You can have four wheel drive option nearly in each model.
Honestly I really like the four wheel drive passenger vehicles, there are more stable and you don’t have to worry about any adverse weather condition.
In reality, we still have very tough winter and lots of snow all over the world. Actually in some countries, there were enormous amount snows. As a result of this very noticeable condition, the demand for four wheel passenger cars increased! Because, people feel more confident when they have traction on four wheels.
My advice from this condition, Jaguar should not focus on an SUV model. Instead of this, they should focus on four wheel drive option in XF and XJ models. I know you will say, there was an X-Type with four wheel drive. But the X-Type was the worst thing ever happened to Jaguar, and it was based on a Ford Mondeo and it was front wheel drive and it was not that good either. So, current vehicle range of Jaguar is more suitable for four wheel drive.
Mercedes calls four wheel drive system as 4MATIC and BMW calls it xDrive. Audi already had the Quattro for very long time.
PS: Four wheel drive option in Mercedes and BMW may not able available in right hand drive models!
For more information please visit the German website of Mercedes and BMW