Bentley Flying Spur vs. Rolls Royce Ghost

A few weeks ago, Rolls-Royce revealed the second generation Ghost. The original unveiling was expected for February 2020; however, the COVID-19 pandemic meant it was postponed. This new generation Ghost is a state-of-art Rolls-Royce that will be heating up the competition with the latest Bentley Flying Spur.

After Bentley stopped manufacturing the Mulsanne, the Flying Spur became the flagship sedan that was expected to compete with the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class. But how does the Flying Spur compare to the Ghost? They both have British DNA and bespoke tailoring inside the cabins, but which comes out on top?

Bentley’s Flying Spur is based on the Porsche Panamera modular platform – it is a reskinned Panamera. That is not particularly negative, because future technologies from Porsche can be implemented rapidly to the Flying Spur; however, it does reduce the exclusivity of the car. Not ideal if you are keen to own something bespoke.

Despite the shared modular platform, the Flying Spur is designed with both comfort and dynamic driving in mind. When you take to the driver’s seat of the Flying Spur, you won’t look odd. The Panamera’s suspension and drive train geometry offer a sportive driving character wrapped in luxury and comfort. It offers two engine options – W12 and V8 – mated with a twin-clutch 8-speed automatic. It is impossible to ignore the rear-biased all-wheel-drive system; Flying Spur is a proper driver’s car. The W12 engine is slowly being phased out, and this feels like the right choice. It was inherited from the VW Phaeton and was probably designed in the late 1990s. The V8 is lighter and more responsive, coming from the Porsche Panamera.

In terms of luxury, Bentley are renowned for offering some of the best interiors and attention to detail! Every part of the interior is a piece of artwork; you will be surrounded by more luxury than you can imagine. Sadly, the driving assistance systems are not as sophisticated as those boasted by the Ghost. I was expecting to see the same level of driving assistances as those in the Audi A8; however, the Flying Spur is a few years behind that. Overall, the Flying Spur is a great luxury sedan, and you will feel the Bentley DNA and experience exquisite luxury.

Moving to the new Ghost, let me start from the bottom end. The modular platform of the Rolls-Royce is unique solely to Rolls-Royce models. Whilst the Ghost does not share a platform with the BMW 7-Series; however, there is still some technology sharing with the BMW Group. With the volume of the Rolls-Royce, they can’t survive without benefitting from BMW’s know-how. Sadly, the Ghost did not receive a brand new engine, which is not too surprising given that it is not easy to redesign a V12, especially when it will be only used by three low-volume Rolls-Royce. The V12 engine is therefore based on the BMW V12.

The good news is that the Ghost is an ultimate luxury car that does not blind. The sound insulation is state-of-art engineering. It was reportedly too good and resulted in passengers experiencing motion sickness. To avoid this, Rolls-Royce has increased the amount of interior sound.

Unlike the Flying Spur, driving the Ghost by yourself still looks a bit awkward; you look like a professional driver in need of a client. In future, a possible Black series could make it more of a driver’s car. The best part of the new Ghost is the driving assistance system. BMW equipped the new Ghost with state-of-art technologies. Now, the Ghost can scan the road surface and adjust its suspension via 48-volt electric actuators, and offers perfectly refined comfort. Long journeys will certainly not be an issue with the new Ghost.

The interior quality is more sophisticated than the previous generation and is on par with the Phantom; however, I still think the Bentley is better by a slight margin (albeit a hard to notice margin!).

Finally, the new Ghost has an all-wheel-drive system adapted from BMW, which is amazing! The BMW xDrive is one of the best all-wheel-drive systems available. Rolls-Royce didn’t stop here and implemented rear-wheel drive steering to improve the driving experience. Overall, the new Ghost is more driver-focused than before, and I am sure it offers a competitive driving experience to Bentley Flying Spur.

The final verdict is yours—the differences between the Bentley and the Rolls-Royce are such a close margin that, ultimately, it comes down to personal taste.

Photo Credit // Rolls Royce & Bentley Motors


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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Mercedes, Bentley

New Bentley Flying Spur Photos

New Bentley Flying Spur is revealed just recently to replace the outgoing Continental Flying Spur. You may have noticed that Bentley does not call the new Flying Spur under the Continental family, now it is an independent model. And now Flying Spur has a more distinctive design; interior still shares the same design clues with the other Continental GT cars but more biased on comfort. Exterior looks similar to Continental GT as well but the rear creates a whole new dimension.

New Flying Spur interior includes 600 new parts and redesigned interior sound insulation to increase the journey comfort. Now, you will hear less engine, exhaust and wind noises inside the cabin of Bentley Flying Spur. Each of the seats offers heating and ventilation. A new climate control is offered as well to warm up and cool down the cabin quicker than before. 

Touch screen remote in Flying Spur enables passenger to control each instrument of the vehicle without being disturbed.

In my opinion new Bentley Flying Spur is the sportier version of the Mulsanne. Hopefully, Bentley removed the DNA of the Continental GT from the Flying Spur and created a new identify.

Lastly, Bentley Flying Spur is powered by a W12 6-lt petrol engine with 625 HP and 800 Nm of torque coupled with 8-speed automatic gearbox. Flying Spur needs only 4.3 seconds to reach 100 km/h with the top speed of 322 km/h. Literally, Bentley Flying Spur is the fastest four-door production saloon.  

And according to these figures, there may not be a Flying Spur Speed version and this shows that Bentley wants Flying Spur to be different!
















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