New Bentley Flying Spur Drag Race Audi S8, Annihilation Is Luxurious

The Volkswagen Group owns both Bentley and Audi. A lot of platform and technology is shared between the most expensive quattros in the stable. What does that mean in the case of a drag race between the new Audi S8 and the even newer Bentley Flying Spur?
Remember the launch of the “normal” Audi A8? Two things stood out, the pre-sense system that raised the suspension when you were getting T-boned and the W12 engine. Yes, you could buy a W12 in this thing and it made just as much power as this S8.

However, Bentley is now the only manufacturer with a W12, despite significant investments to develop it. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there needs to be a performance gap between the two.

Before we check out the weekend drag race that our mates at CarWow put together, let’s just look at some specs. Not many people know about the new Audi S8, probably because it looks so boring. But this is a slightly sporty version of the flagship quattro limo with a long wheelbase and a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 419kW (563 hp) and 800Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

It also comes with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system if you’re into frugal V8s. The Flying Spur is arguably much more interesting to look at. It will eventually offer a 4.0 TFSI as well, but for now, it’s powered by a W12 6.0-liter producing a very impressive 466kW (626 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque.

It’s also heavier and way more expensive, but you expect that from a car with chandeliers for headlights. But can the extra power overcome the rather hectic weight deficit? The outcome of the drag race is very close, with the Bentley winning by a nose.