Comparing the absolute finest in refinement, Head 2 Head this week features the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur and the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost. While perhaps the most apt test for these distinguished kings of decadence would feature a lot of executive hauling and red carpet appearances, Kim Reynolds takes the “Battle of Britain” to more unfamiliar territory.
The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur, with its 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 engine, is capable of 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. The Rolls-Royce Ghost registers slightly lower in terms of power, yielding 563 hp and 575 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12.
Reynolds starts by pitting the two Brits against one another in 0-60 mph, quarter-mile, and figure eight tests, which showed how much muscle there is to go around. The Bentley Flying Spur ever so slightly bests the Rolls from 0-60 mph, but the Rolls makes up for it with a better quarter-mile time. On the figure eight, the Bentley wins out by just under a second, but it’s hard to care at all when all you can do is laugh as the two monsters heave around the course with massive body roll and almost comical nose diving. It’s like watching two whales flop around on the beach in tuxedos.
The 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost, which costs $381,820 as tested, includes a flashy $41,000 paint job. The 2014 Bentley Flying Spur is more subdued in its looks, and features classy design cues like weighted, organ stop-shaped latches to control the air vents. The Flying Spur tested is priced at $249,240.
A pair of Rolls-Royce and Bentley experts (read: British people) compared the comfort, luxury, and ride of the two vehicles. The judges, our own creative director Darren Scott as well as Motor Trend creative director Alan Muir, dive head first into this part of the test. Scott is unimpressed with the plasticky, cheap-feeling rear climate control knobs in the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost. “Maybe they ran out of money after they put the carpet in,” he jeers.
For a first-foot account of the 2014 Rolls-Royce Ghost's finest British workmanship and quality, be sure to ask Muir, who shamelessly digs his bare feet into the Rolls’ rear-seat carpeting.
Check out the video below for the full comparison, and let us know in the comments which car you’d rather take for a spin.