Both are ultra-luxury saloons, the best from their respective makers. Both hail from the glorious land of Great Britain. The Rolls Royce Phantom and the Bentley Flying Spur – the two icons of luxury motoring!
When it comes to luxury automobiles, Rolls Royce and Bentley are the two names that pop up in the minds of people. The flagship offerings of the two car makers, Phantom and Flying Spur, are the best of what these car makers are offering at the moment.
Now, a direct comparison between the Rolls Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur would have made a lot more sense. However, this comparison is of the flagships, and because of that, the Rolls Royce Phantom has been brought in the picture here. Both are super elusive, and are considered to be not just means of transport, but as symbols of status as well.
Following is an elaborative comparison between the Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Flying Spur, which will give you an idea whether the Rolls Royce Phantom really is worth the huge premium it asks over the Bentley Flying Spur:
There is a massive price gap between the Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Flying Spur. The overall price of the Flying Spur is less than half of that of the Phantom. This might make the Flying Spur look like a better value-for-money proposition. However, there’s more than what meets the eye, with the Phantom being a car from one segment above that of the Flying Spur.
(all prices Ex-showroom, Delhi)
|Prices (ex-showroom, India)||Rolls Royce Phantom||Bentley Flying Spur|
|Petrol-automatic||Rs 9.50 crore||Rs 3.92 crore|
Being top of the line luxury saloons, the prospective customers of both these cars do go for additional customization options. These options result in subsequent increase in their prices.
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Engine and Performance
Both the Rolls Royce Phantom and Bentley Flying Spur have got some of the biggest engines currently used in passenger vehicle category. With 12-cylinder engines under their hood, both these sedans offer the best of refinement levels one can expect from a car.
While the 6.8-litre twin-turbo V12 engine of the Rolls Royce Phantom is bigger than the 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 engine of the Bentley Flying Spur, the former produces lower power output in comparison – 563 bhp against the 616 bhp of Flying Spur. The Flying Spur is almost 100 kg lighter than the Phantom too, which gives it better power-to-weight ratio and instant acceleration. However, the displacement advantage comes into picture when sheer amount of torque from the engine is brought to discussion. The Phantom delivers almost 100 Nm more amount of torque than the Flying Spur.
|Specifications||Rolls Royce Phantom||Bentley Flying Spur|
|Engine||6.8-litre twin-turbo V12||6.0-litre twin-turbo W12|
|Power||563 bhp||616 bhp|
|Torque||900 Nm||800 Nm|
|Gearbox||8-speed automatic||8-speed automatic|
Exterior and Dimension
There is no denying the fact that the Rolls Royce Phantom is definitely a bigger car of the two here. The dimensions of the Bentley Flying Spur are somehow lesser even than the smaller sedan from Rolls Royce, the Ghost. The advantage which the Phantom has over the Flying Spur when it comes to dimensions result in more authoritative road presence and cabin space.
|Dimensions||Rolls Royce Phantom||Bentley Flying Spur|
|Length||5771 mm||5299 mm|
|Width||2017 mm||1984 mm|
|Height||1646 mm||1488 mm|
|Wheelbase||3551 mm||3194 mm|
|Boot space||538 liters||475 liters|
|Kerb weight||2560 kg||2475 kg|
Design and Features
Both the cars are being offered with infinite amount of customization options. However, there is a reason why the Rolls Royce Phantom is almost two times pricier than the Bentley Flying Spur.
Apart from bigger dimensions, the Phantom also trumps the Flying Spur when it comes to personalization. There are almost 70 paint schemes to choose from for the Phantom, against 31 odd options for the Flying Spur. In addition to this, the Phantom also has 40 different leather upholstery options as opposed to 15 upholsteries for the Flying Spur.
Heated, cooled, powered and massaging seats in both the cars work flawlessly. Both the cars even get a suite of other rich features like rear seat entertainment packages, refrigerators and even champagne glasses. Everything in both the cars is hand-built and have immense attention to detail, however, the Phantom definitely feels the more elusive of the two, with additional features like in-car umbrellas and starlight headliner, the latter of which is undoubtedly the ‘star’ of the package.
Both the cars get modern and up-to-date TFT instrument console with classic dials and touchscreen infotainment systems. However, the infotainment system of the Bentley Flying Spur, which has been derived from the Porsche Communication Management System feels more advanced than the BMW’s i-Drive based system in the Phantom, which doesn’t feature even Android Auto.
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Apart from a complete suite of driver assistance systems, both the cars are richly equipped with basics of the safety equipment like front, side, curtain and knee airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, tire pressure monitoring system, brake assist, rear parking aid with sensors and cameras all around. There is simply no dearth in safety features, with both of them being two of the safest motorized carriages one can buy in the modern world.
One can simply make out the fact that the Bentley Flying Spur is the more advanced and better value-for-money sedan as compared to the comparatively old-fashioned Phantom. The Flying Spur also has more modern features in comparison, which make it a more sensible purchase.
However, one doesn’t buy a super-luxury car of this cadre from brains, but out of pure emotion and status quo. It is where the Rolls Royce Phantom simply beats the Bentley Flying Spur, despite the fact that it is much pricier out of the two. The Phantom is undoubtedly the bigger car of the two, and definitely has a much higher reputation as an ultra-luxury brand over the Bentley.