For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Bentley Flying Spur are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.
The Flying Spur has all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Rapide doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Both the Flying Spur and the Rapide have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, front and rear parking sensors and available rearview cameras.
The Bentley Flying Spur weighs 942 to 1069 pounds more than the Aston Martin Rapide. The NHTSA advises that heavier cars are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.
There are almost 3 times as many Bentley dealers as there are Aston Martin dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Flying Spur’s warranty.
The Flying Spur V8’s standard 4.0 turbo V8 produces 22 lbs.-ft. more torque (487 vs. 465) than the Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12. The Flying Spur’s standard 6.0 turbo 12 cyl. produces 64 more horsepower (616 vs. 552) and 125 lbs.-ft. more torque (590 vs. 465) than the Rapide’s 5.9 DOHC V12.
An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Flying Spur’s fuel efficiency. The Rapide doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
Regenerative brakes improve the Flying Spur V8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Rapide doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.
For better stopping power the Flying Spur’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Rapide:
The Flying Spur offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The Rapide doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.
For better traction, the Flying Spur has larger tires than the Rapide (275/45R19 vs. 245/40R20).
The Flying Spur’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 35 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rapide’s 40 series front tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Flying Spur offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Rapide’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The Flying Spur offers an optional space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Rapide, it requires you to depend on roadside assistance and your vehicle will have to be towed.
The front and rear suspension of the Flying Spur uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Rapide, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
The Flying Spur has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Flying Spur’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Rapide doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Flying Spur’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Rapide (120.7 inches vs. 117.7 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Flying Spur is 2.1 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Rapide.
For better maneuverability, the Flying Spur’s turning circle is 1.3 feet tighter than the Rapide’s (39.7 feet vs. 41 feet).
Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Flying Spur is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Rapide is rated a Subcompact.
The Flying Spur offers optional seating for 5 passengers; the Rapide can only carry 4.
The Flying Spur has 19 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rapide (102 vs. 83).
The Flying Spur has 2.5 inches more rear headroom and 19.6 inches more rear legroom than the Rapide.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Flying Spur’s rear seats recline. The Rapide’s rear seats don’t recline.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Flying Spur has a standard power trunk, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Rapide doesn’t offer a power trunk.
Advanced Key System standard on the Flying Spur allows you to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Aston Martin Rapide doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Flying Spur has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Rapide doesn’t offer headlight washers.
The Flying Spur has standard automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Rapide offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.
On extremely cold Winter days, the Flying Spur’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Rapide doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Flying Spur offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rapide doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.