Rolls Wraith vs Merc S500 on track
Can the world's most luxurious barges survive the TG test track and a chauffeur named Stig?
Posted: 17 Jan 2014
Luxury is an experience. Relax: this isn't a perfume ad (and, come to think of it, isn't everything an experience?), but the point I'm trying to make here is that these aren't cars you just drive. The Rolls-Royce Wraith and Mercedes-Benz S-Class are not cut from the same cloth - they perform different roles for different people - but they are also bound together by the common theme that is neither best described nor interacted with by the mundane act of simply driving it. Driving may be the method, but it's not the result. The result is far, far richer and more beguiling.
So, these are not mere A-to-B conveyances, a means of facilitating your daily existence. No, that's wrong - one of them is actually the ultimate facilitator and, ideally, best not driven at all. The other? The pinnacle of craftsmanship and elegance, the living embodiment of Edwardianism a century further on. You know which one's which.
Words: Ollie Marriage
Photography: Rowan Horncastle