The Battle at the Top

08.06.16 - 2016 Lexus LS

When it comes to the flagship vehicles of different manufacturers the expectation is that you have a vehicle which gives you every feature and benefit the manufacturer can think of and add. This is certainly what you get when you look at the Lexus LS and the BMW 7-Series, but which one of these two flagship sedans is the one you want to drive the most? Are you more enticed by the Japanese style and modern features of the Lexus or are you more apt to lean toward the longstanding performance and perfection of the German engineering contained in the BMW model? Let’s look at them both.

The Lexus LS 460 is a gorgeous car that offers you an wonderful 4.6-liter V8 engine which brings in a strong 386 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. This power is pushed through an eight-speed automatic transmission which is as smooth as you can find. You can choose between the RWD setup or AWD to give you the drive that you want to enjoy on this beautifully crafted powertrain. As you would expect the Lexus offers you every modern feature you can imagine to have a great driving experience in a vehicle that’s meant to pamper you on any road.

Looking to the BMW 7-Series you will find a wonderful 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8 engine under the hood of the 750i. This engine produces 445 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque to give it a massive power advantage over the Lexus LS. This car also uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is the only one offered for this great car. Of course having this exceptional power advantage isn’t the only advantage you can enjoy on the BMW, this is a car that’s made to drive on the roads around Europe and will handle the curves and turns with ease.

The difference in price between these two cars may become a significant part of your decision making process. The Lexus LS begins at $73,000 for the RWD model and $76,000 for AWD. This will give you a car that’s filled with excellent features and items that you don’t find on most vehicles that fall lower on the totem pole. On the other hand, the BMW 750i will ask you to pony up $95,000 just to get inside the car. Moving up to the AWD version of this car may reach above the $100,000 mark but will certainly give you a car that has everything you could want, except maybe a driver.

Which car is right for you? Do you prefer the savings and the naturally aspirated engine of the Lexus or the corner carving ability of the more powerful turbocharged BMW? With a massive price disparity it may be easy to choose the Lexus, but the BMW can be had with a turbocharged straight six-cylinder engine that begins at $82,295, bringing the price down closer to the Lexus. With both cars you know you have the best the manufacturer has to offer in a car that will pamper you on the road and make all your passengers happy as well.

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