Complete comparison test of the 2010 Rolls-Royce Ghost and the 2010 Bentley Continental Flying Spur…

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Where better to these two very expensive from exalted old-money companies (now owned by we asked ourselves, than Highway 49 through the fabled Country? Winding roads, restored mining towns and the aura of huge fortunes and lost, of sudden good and dynastic fortunes established. Old mixed with new.

symbolic.

And let’s admit once you spend more about $25,000 on a car, of its value almost always symbolic rather than rational. And the more you spend that, the greater the mythical so to speak. Add another $200K or to that figure and people just a little quiet your car and start to ponder its meaning, as if visiting the Pyramids or the

And some like to return from the Nile with We could see it on this trip.

the lovely Spirit of Ecstasy ornament that adorned our Ghost test car. things have been off and stolen so often that have now installed the old girl on a that disappears under a hatch any time you hit the lock on the key fob. You can also raise or it with the touch of a menu in the console.

Good idea.

When we to test-drive these two cars on a outing from our Newport offices north to the Mother we decided to beat L.A.’s (?) hour by leaving in the morning speeding over Tejon and rendezvousing for breakfast at a restaurant in

I got there a little earlier Managing Editor Andrew and his. so I stayed in the driver’s writing a few notes. Moments a restaurant patron strolled the Rolls, then stopped in his and came back. He looked the car then came right up to the of Ecstasy hood ornament and at it. Hard.

A little too hard for my own custodial

Suddenly he realized I was sitting in the flinched visibly and left in a straight line, like a man accidentally bounced off an unseen and hoped no one had noticed. I lowered the and continued writing. The man’s may have been good#151;pure or admiration#151;but he made me feel a guard in an art museum.

This isn’t a feeling I in many other cars.

No, These two are different.

Besides historically resonant names, expensive. The Ghost has a Manufacturer’s Retail Price, as tested, of (including a $9950 Rear configuration and $6000 for Individual Seat configuration), while the can be to leave the showroom for a mere its most expensive option a $6900 NAIM Premium System.

Second, they’re sporty for their type#151;and a lot of horsepower. The 5495-lb. Rolls-Royce, some architecture from its BMW company, has a new and exclusive aluminum 6.6-liter 48-valve 60-degree V-12 rated at 563 bhp. All power goes to the rear only, through an 8-speed controlled transmission.

No flashy F1 paddle shifters the gearshift is a rather delicate on the steering column, and one need select Drive to be transported and with crushing quickness the distance. It’s as if you’d set the Mary in motion by stirring the in your martini. And rightly so!

The Flying Spur Speed, propels its 5575 lb. with 600 bhp of 6.0-liter W-12 (picture two V-6s sharing a crankshaft) from the VW Phaeton. There’s a standard, non-Speed version makes only 552 bhp, but we trouble ourselves about The Spur has a 6-speed transmission both paddle shifters and a console-mounted lever, feeding all wheels through a Torsen differential.

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