Easy one, right? Pick the Bentley? Not so fast. This is a closer battle than you may think.
We’ve picked two “apples to apples” cars: a 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports with 43,500 miles and a 2013 Audi S8 with 39,100 miles at Exclusive Automotive Group. The Bentley is listed at $87,888. The S8 is $50,888.
In 2010, a Continental Supersports set you back around $270,000. A 2013 fully stocked S8 rang up in the $120s. While the S8 featured the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 520 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque found in the V8S Continental GT, the Supersports was an angrier animal. The W12 belted out 621 hp and 590 lb-ft. On powerplant figures alone, the Bentley appears to be the proper choice. When 0-60 times are considered, the waters muddy a bit. Both vehicles clock zero to 60 in the mid-threes.
For sheer ability, the Bentley will take you to a blistering 204 mph. The Audi is governed at a sensible 155. In real-world driving, the Supersports is more thrilling and commands much more public attention. The S8 is a stealthy speedster that can fit four proper adults. Daily driving in D.C. traffic, the cars appear to feel similar. Once the freeway opens up, the passing power in the Supersports is monumental.
Bentley interiors have always been exceptional. The Supersports adds generous expanses of carbon fiber trim and Alcantara to an already sensational cockpit. (Click the images to navigate the 360 views.)
Supersports-5115 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
The S8 is no slouch. Any Audi with an “8” in the name has always featured noteworthy accommodations. It’s not Bentley noteworthy, but it’s really, really good.
S8-8265 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
So, which vehicle is the appropriate choice? The answer is: “It Depends.”
On value, the S8 takes the crown. It’s an undercover Bentley that fits 4 and can hold its own at the track. If you’re looking for the Bentley experience with $50K, definitely take a long look at the S8. For sheer “bling” and the ability to experience astronaut-like velocities, a Supersports at this price is where your money should land.
Auto Mentality’s parent company, Form Policy, LLC, is a marketing partner for Exclusive Automotive Group, which allowed us to source these exceptional vehicles for this story.