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
So, yes, these cars do everything possible to rub balm on the sting that is driving. They oil and enrich your life, and, yes, you can enjoy driving them. The Wraith doesn't understand the concept of ‘sport', but it has a good grasp of ‘momentum'. All it needs is gentle guidance and a caring attitude, and it'll reward in spades. The S-Class is forgettably brilliant. By which I mean that, like the Wraith's gearchange, there's nothing about the driving experience that imposes itself on you, nothing that niggles. The steering is just another on-board system, like the satnav or the coffee maker*, while the ride, whether you tick the box marked Magic Body Control or not, is genuinely sublime in its control and comfort. My chief impression of the S-Class was one of unparalleled silence, the sort of silence that only billions of euro of development can bring. The engine? Just another motor. Choose yours based on speed or efficiency or whatever, but not on character.