Son's Automotive Group Compares 2013 Porsche Panamera VS 2013 Bentley Flying Near Tucker, GA

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2013 Porsche Panamera

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2013 Bentley Flying

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Panamera deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Flying Spur’s airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Porsche Panamera has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Panamera’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Panamera and the Flying Spur have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Panamera comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Flying Spur’s 3 year basic warranty expires 1 year sooner.

The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Flying Spur’s (10 vs. 3 years).

There are almost 6 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Bentley dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Panamera’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Panamera third among large premium cars in their 2012 Initial Quality Study. The Flying Spur isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Panamera Turbo S’ optional 4.8 turbo V8 produces 37 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 553) than the Flying Spur Speed’s optional 6.0 turbo 12 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Panamera Turbo is faster than the Flying Spur Speed:


Flying Spur

Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

1.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.3 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.2 sec

11.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

4.1 sec

5.5 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

2.7 sec

2.8 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

3 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

13.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

119 MPH

108 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera S Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Flying Spur (22 city/30 hwy vs. 11 city/19 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera Turbo S gets better fuel mileage than the Flying Spur (15 city/23 hwy vs. 11 city/19 hwy).

Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Panamera’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Flying Spur doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Panamera S4/GTS/Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Flying Spur (26.4 vs. 23.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Panamera Turbo’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Flying Spur:

Panamera Turbo

Flying Spur

Front Rotors

16.4 inches

15.9 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13.2 inches

The Panamera’s brakes have 10% more swept area (the area covered by the brake pads) than the Flying Spur (836 vs. 760 square inches), so the Panamera has more braking power available.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the Flying Spur:


Flying Spur

80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

210 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

155 feet

167 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

104 feet

117 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Panamera 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 better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Flying Spur.

The Panamera’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (52% to 48%) than the Flying Spur’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the Panamera more stable handling and braking.

The Panamera Turbo S 4 handles at .99 G’s, while the Flying Spur pulls only .86 G’s of cornering force in a Road & Track skidpad test.

The Panamera goes through Road & Track’s slalom 10 MPH faster than the Flying Spur Speed (71.2 vs. 61.2 MPH).

The Panamera S performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 5.1 MPH faster than the Flying Spur Speed (69.1 vs. 64 MPH).

The Panamera Turbo 4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Flying Spur Speed (24.4 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 25.4 seconds @ .74 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1700 pounds less than the Bentley Flying Spur.

The Panamera is 1 foot shorter than the Flying Spur, making the Panamera easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

For excellent aerodynamics, the Panamera has standard flush composite headlights. The Flying Spur has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

As tested by Road & Track while at idle, the interior of the Panamera Turbo 4 is quieter than the Flying Spur (51 vs. 52 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Panamera has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the Flying Spur.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Panamera’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer folding rear seats, only a ski pass-through.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Panamera offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Flying Spur does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Panamera 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.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Panamera offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Panamera also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Panamera offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

The Panamera’s standard GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Flying Spur’s navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional voice command, the Panamera offers the driver hands free control of the radio, climate controls, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Flying Spur doesn’t offer a voice control system.

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