Battle of British Engineering
Both Bentley and Rolls Royce are amazing, but which one will come out on top?
Disclaimer: This article is based solely on opinion. All specs are determined locally. Specs may vary upon location.
The rivalry has been going as long as I have been alive
When someone brings up the topic of British automobiles, I, unlike many, think of Bentley, and Rolls Royce. Sure, there is Lotus, McLaren, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Vauxhall (especially the Vauxhall/Lotus Carlton), but none of these brands are so immensely similar and popular as Bentley and Rolls Royce. They go head to head to try to sell as many cars as possible. It is so diverse between which is better, almost half and half.
In modern times, such as the early 2000's and later, the two manufactures have been making fairly similarly designed models, like the Ghost and the Mulsanne, the Phantom and the Flying Spur, and even the Wraith and the Continental. But today, the spotlight is on the Wraith and the Continental, both in my dream garage. They both are heavy, British, and luxury 2 door coupes with a similar body type, but lets dive deeper with the specs.
Is it just me that sees the similarities?
The RR Wraith is a huge car!
Base price of $462,000, has a fees totaling to $11,147, has Gas guzzler tax of $4,000, and is $8,697 a month. To put that into perspective, my mom's Infiniti QX 60 has a base of ~ $60,000, is $300 a month.
The RR Wraith is powered by a 6.6 litre TB V12 6592 cc producing 624 HP @ only 5,600 RPM, which totals to 465 kW. With 590 lbs/ft of torque, @ 1,500 - 5,500 RPM. This 8 speed automatic uses premium fuel, and is RWD, pushing itself 0-60 in an estimated 4.3 seconds. It has a top speed of 186 mph, estimated.
Meanwhile, the Bentley Continental is different.
Estimated at $220,000 as a base, this British beast has an 8 speed dual clutch, and is powered by a 6.0L Twin Turbo W12 5950cc, with an output of 626 hp and 664-lb-ft torque @ 1350-4500 RPM (467 kW). Using petrol, it can propel itself to 60mph from a complete stop in 3.6 seconds, and has a top speed of 207 mph.
A modern classic.
What about the interiors?
Well, we all have seen the interiors of the Bentley Continental. With flawless stitching with the finest leather, you just can't beat it. Considered one of the finest interiors on any car ever, the Bentley Continental has perfected the craftsmanship.
Just look at that!!
On the other hand, if you like diamonds on your ceiling, you're in luck, because that's what Rolls Royce has to offer. I personally think that it looks incredibly comfortable, and very luxurious, and the driving experience from the back seat is just amazing. And unlike Bentley, the interior of the Wraith is just a little more enjoyable from the back seats, as shown below.
What's not to like?
Both competitors did amazing. The Rolls Royce is super luxurious, comfortable, and all around gorgeous. But the Bentley has flawless crafting in the interior, and is more aerodynamic than the Rolls Royce. There is one thing besides the interior that makes me love Bentley more (well, actually a few). The Wraith has an automatic, which kills, while the Continental has a dual clutch transmission. The Bentley is more aerodynamic, and less tacky than the Rolls Royce. Last thing that means most, the Bentley is less than half the price, for a better looking car.