Let’s get one thing straight: Neither of these is the best car in the world. It’s been a long time since the luxury sedan was the highest point on the automotive landscape, the pinnacle to which we all aspired. Now, it’s a cul de sac off the SUV highway. And the cars themselves have suffered as a result.
Let’s use Maybach to illustrate the point. A proud luxury brand before World War II, Mercedes-Benz brought it back in 2002 as a standalone brand, poured millions into the development of two limousines, and predicted global sales of 2,000 cars per year. In fact, only around 3,000 were sold in total before Merc pulled the plug 10 years later. Now, Maybach is little more than a badge applied to the fanciest Merc S-Class.
Bentley hasn’t been immune, either. It recently announced the demise of its Mulsanne flagship sedan, the last Crewe car that could trace its roots back to the pre-VW period. A replacement is unlikely. Instead, this car—the new Flying Spur—using parts shared with the Continental GT coupe, will carry all Bentley’s hopes and dreams for a four-door future.