Watch the Bentley vs. Rolls Royce debate unfold

Mat Watson of YouTube channel CarWow takes two ultra-luxury convertibles to the drag strip to see which one ends up being faster.

In a series of races and competitions between a Bentley A Continental GT Speed ​​convertible and a Rolls-Royce Dawn, it’s clear one car is the continued winner, although they don’t seem to be complaining behind the wheel of either of them.

Bentley against Rolls-Royce in an unexpected race

Mat reviews the specs of both cars, with the Bentley making 660 horsepower with a torque rating of 664 lb-ft from its 6-liter twin-turbo engine mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The Rolls-Royce has a twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 that delivers 570 horsepower with 612 lb-ft of torque along with an 8-speed automatic.

Before going down the strip, they rev each one’s engine to a standstill – the Bentley has great feedback from the exhaust while the Rolls feels noticeably more subdued in comparison.

Then they do a roof test to see which automatic convertible roof will open and close fastest, in each case the Bentley’s roof goes up and down faster.

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In the first descent of the 1/4 mile, the Bentley takes off with more aggression and easily beats the Rolls-Royce to the finish line.

The second time, Mat decides to wait to see the Rolls take off before pressing the throttle on the Bentley but again, the Bentley manages to gain ground immediately and beats the Rolls all the way.

In the third race, to compensate for the significantly heavier weight of the Rolls, Mat takes 3 more passengers in the Bentley and asks them to each bring a bag to hold on to to add drag to the Bentley, although even with one presumably fairer distribution of weight between the two cars, the Bentley still manages to take a victory, albeit by a smaller margin than in previous races.

Comparison of Bentley and Rolls-Royce 1/4 mile times

Looking at actual finish times, the Bentley completes the 1/4 mile in 12.1 seconds compared to the Rolls-Royce’s 12.8 second finish time.

In other tests, the Bentley had actually clocked a faster time of 11.5 seconds, making it faster than the Rolls-Royce in every test of the day.

In a rolling race from 50mph, the Bentley still manages to win, and it repeats its victory in a 100mph braking test, stopping significantly shorter than the heavier Rolls-Royce.

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Despite the Bentley’s faster performance, they comment throughout the video that both cars are fun to drive and look great as they cruise the strip.

While the Rolls-Royce brings luxury aesthetics, the Bentley offers more aggressive performance.

In the class these vehicles are in, both have their rightful place at the table; check out CarWow’s YouTube channel for more drag racing.

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