Limousines of yesteryear only needed to be excellent at pampering the owner while he or she was being chauffeured.
But for today’s captains of industry who also enjoy being the captain of their luxurious land barge whenever their crewman (the chauffeur) is on shore leave, the limo also needs to be nice to drive.
The all-new Lexus LS350 is up against very serious competition in this story, for both the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class were Best in Class winners in previous ST-Torque awards. So for this contest, the LS350 has brought a bolder design, enhanced driveability and advanced safety features to appeal to towkays.
Like the Lexus LS350, the Mercedes-Benz S320L is also an “entry-level” limousine. But with a facelifted exterior and upgraded cabin that now includes wireless charging and paddle shifters (gasp), you’d be hard-pressed to call it a “base” model.
Taking on the S320L and LS350 is the BMW 740Li. Unlike its rivals, this Bimmer is actually the mid-tier variant, equipped with a long list of standard features. It is also expected to be more fun to drive.
Can the Lexus LS outshine its two entrenched rivals? Or will one of these German stalwarts emerge victorious? Sit back and relax, read on and find out.