On this week’s episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend senior features editor Jonny Lieberman lines up the 2012 Bentley Mulsanne up with the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG to see which uber luxury sedan.
To be fair, the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG wasn’t Lieberman’s first choice for this Head 2 Head; he originally wanted to put the Bentley Mulsanne up against the new Rolls-Royce Phantom II. Rolls didn’t want to play though. As Lieberman puts it, Bentley’s British rival was scared. So he got the next best thing, the Teutonic cruise missile that is the S65 AMG.
Aside from the $100,000 price difference between the two contenders, this is actually a pretty fair fight. Both are similarly equipped, and more importantly, pack similar power under the hood. The Bentley is powered by a 6.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 that produces 505 hp and a staggering 752 lb-ft of torque. The Mercedes on the other hand has a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 under the hood, making 621 hp and a whopping 738 lb-ft of torque.
So which car will earn a first-world – and first-place — finish? Find out by watching the latest episode of Head 2 Head below.