BOSS, YOUR NEW LIMO IS HERE

MERCEDES-BENZ S320L vs BMW 740Li vs LEXUS LS350

Torque (Singapore) - - FRONT PAGE - STORY JEREMY CHUA PHO­TOS TAN MENG CHOON ART DI­REC­TION MICHAEL CHIAN

LLIMOUSINES 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.

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