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
Nevertheless, you can't escape the fact the S-Class is a product. It comes down a production line in a large factory where robots weld and sparks fly. So it should come as no surprise that the S-Class is a less personal machine. This is not something you inflict your taste on. You can with the Rolls, and the Wraith is visually strong enough not to wilt under whatever dubious colour scheme you might force on it. It has ambience and dignity even when painted like a Teletubby, steering a neat line between ostentation and extravagance. However, you get the feeling that if you went to Rolls-Royce's Chichester facility with wild ideas about ostrich skin and a mobile music studio in the boot, a man in a Savile Row suit might gently say, "Very interesting, sir. Might I suggest...?"
I'd assumed the trad luxury car had had its day and would follow the downward sales progression that's afflicted the Ford Mondeo class. But the new S-Class kicks that thought as firmly into the long grass as it administers the same blow between the legs of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-Series. The market may be moving east, but Merc's focus hasn't let up one bit. There is no other luxury car half as deserving of the tag. It is the pinnacle of technical achievement and technological advancement.