2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost vs. 2018 Bentley Flying Spur

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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The Ghost’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Ghost has standard power remote child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors (the driver can activate them and deactivate them from the front seat). The Flying Spur doesn’t offer child safety locks.

The Ghost has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Ghost offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Flying Spur doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Ghost has standard PostCrash, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the Ghost helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then projects the image on the windshield, near the driver’s line of sight. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The Ghost’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Ghost offers an optional Top-View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Flying Spur only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Ghost’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Ghost has standard Rolls Royce Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Ghost and the Flying Spur have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

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The Ghost comes with a full 4-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Flying Spur’s 3-year/unlimited-mile basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The Ghost’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Flying Spur’s (4 vs. 3 years).

Rolls-Royce pays for scheduled maintenance on the Ghost for 4 years and unlimited miles. Rolls-Royce will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Bentley doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Flying Spur.

Reliability

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To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Ghost has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Flying Spur’s 190-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine

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The Ghost has more powerful engines than the Flying Spur:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Ghost 6.6 turbo V12

563 HP

605 lbs.-ft.

Ghost Black Badge 6.6 turbo V12

603 HP

620 lbs.-ft.

Flying Spur V8 4.0 turbo V8

500 HP

487 lbs.-ft.

Flying Spur V8 S 4.0 turbo V8

521 HP

502 lbs.-ft.

Flying Spur W12 6.0 turbo 12 cyl.

616 HP

590 lbs.-ft.

Flying Spur W12 S 6.0 turbo 12 cyl.

626 HP

605 lbs.-ft.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Ghost’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Flying Spur:

 

Ghost

Flying Spur

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

15.9 inches

Rear Rotors

15.8 inches

13.2 inches

Tires and Wheels

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Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the Ghost can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ghost has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Ghost offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Bentley doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Flying Spur.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ghost’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the Flying Spur (129.7 inches vs. 120.7 inches). The Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s wheelbase is 15.7 inches longer than on the Flying Spur (136.4 inches vs. 120.7 inches).

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Ghost a Large car, while the Flying Spur is rated a Mid-size.

The Ghost has 9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Flying Spur (111 vs. 102).

The Ghost has 2.5 inches more front headroom, .1 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Flying Spur.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ghost has a larger trunk than the Flying Spur (17.3 vs. 16.7 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Ghost’s available trunk can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Ghost to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on actual driving conditions. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Bentley doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Flying Spur.

Ergonomics

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The Ghost offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Ghost to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ghost detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Ghost has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Ghost’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Flying Spur’s power mirror controls are on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.

Standard Rolls-Royce Connect for the Ghost allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

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