The executive sedan market has exploded with new models over the past few decades, and it seems to be growing week by week. This has led the well-known leaders of the executive sedan segment – primarily the German “Big Three” – to create versions of their cars that stand out from the crowd.
While BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi make “normal” versions of their larger sedans, they have also asked their in-house specialists to build even more luxurious models to compete with the king of the luxury sedan – the Rolls- Royce Phantom. . In this regard, Mercedes bought Maybach some time ago, Audi recently recreated its Horch brand and BMW now owns Alpina. There has also been competition outside the normal executive sedan realm, in the form of electric vehicles. New automakers such as Lucid have joined the fray and Mercedes-Benz is rapidly moving towards electric cars in this segment as well, with the EQS sedan and the all-new EQS SUV.
All of this means that, for the wealthy and wealthy, there are now plenty of options to choose from – with cars from Germany, Japan, Britain and even the United States. So here are ten high-end luxury sedans for anyone who doesn’t care about price.
the Lexus LS is currently in its 5th generation and is more luxurious than ever. Although it is no longer offered with a V8, it remains one of the best large luxury sedans on the market. It might not have the same level of pedigree as German executive sedans, but it’s certainly one of the most striking cars in the segment.
The LS is available with a range of V6 engines, with the best spec being the LS 500h – which has a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre V6 and twin electric motors. Combined power is 354 hp, compared to 409 hp in the normal LS 500. The LS 500h features an intelligent transmission that has four physical gears and six “virtual” in the form of a CVT – all in a bid for better economy and emissions.
the Genesis G90 is Korea’s attempt to take on the Germans at their own game. The G90 is available in two versions – Standard and Long Wheelbase. Both feature the same 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, however, the long-wheelbase model features a 48-volt mild-hybrid system and standard all-wheel drive.
The long wheelbase produces 409 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque, 20 more hp and 15 more torque than the standard version. The G90, like the Lexus LS, has striking styling and the new Genesis design language is among the best on the market today. The G90 also comes standard with plenty of optional equipment found on German rivals, for an overall lower price, making the Genesis G90 excellent value for money.
the Air is California’s electric utility, Lucid’s, first car. It arrived with a bang, thanks to the performance of 1,080 hp and 1,025 lb-ft. The impressive power is currently only available on the “Dream Edition” launch, which is also the top model.
The Air will be available in multiple trims and horsepower, but is designed to compete in both the executive luxury sedan and high-performance electric car segments. The Air has a massive sunroof, active suspension to make the ride as smooth as possible and a 29-speaker noise-canceling system to make rides as quiet as a Rolls-Royce Ghost.
the Mercedes-Benz EQS is the German version of the electric S-Class – which does not share any room. Unlike BMW, which uses the same platform for its internal combustion and electric vehicles, the EQS is built on a bespoke electric platform. The EQS is currently one of two production cars with the lowest drag coefficient – along with the Lucid Air.
The EQS is currently available in four versions, including an AMG. The top-of-the-line EQS 53 AMG produces between 650 and 750 hp (depending on the EQ Boost feature) and has the least range, at 364 miles. The EQS 450+ is a rear-drive-only model and has a claimed range of over 480 miles. The EQS features Mercedes’ incredible Hyperscreen, which makes up the entire dashboard.
Audi A8 Horch
End of 2021, Audi unveiled the refreshed A8 and introduced the A8L Horch Founder’s Edition, an even more luxurious version of the car. Audi revived the Horch name (one of the companies that make up Audi’s rings) to compete with Mercedes’ Maybach and BMW’s Alpina.
The A8L Horch has a classier and flashier exterior, with a more prominent grille and one-piece wheels. The A8L Horch is a brilliant car, which is being considered for European and international distribution as it is currently only available for the Chinese market.
BMW M760Li Excellence
the The BMW 7 Series is the flagship and most luxurious model of the sportiest German company. The top of the line M760Li Excellence is the closest we currently have to a real M7. The M760Li features BMW’s version of the Rolls-Royce V12, which in this application displaces 6.6 liters and produces 599 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.
The M760Li is only available with a long wheelbase and can be fitted with an optional rear seat package, which adds a center tablet with which to control climate control, messaging seats, sun visors and audio. The individual rear seats also benefit from a soft pillow on each head restraint and offer more messaging functionality. No doubt the upcoming 7th generation 7 and i7 series will offer even more luxury.
the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the most successful S-Class currently on the market. From 2022, the Maybach is available in three trim levels – S 480 which is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6, S 580 which has a 4.0-liter V8 and S 680 which has a V12 6.0 liters. Both the V8 and V12 models come standard with Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive, although rear-wheel steering is an optional extra.
The Maybach S-Class cabin is one of the most comfortable and luxurious in the world, with individually reclining rear seats, ventilated, heated and offering professional massage options. The car is also able to automatically detect poor air quality – such as in a tunnel or industrial area – and close windows and recirculate and scent the air.
Bentley Flying Spur Speed
the the current generation Bentley Flying Spur has seen massive upgrades over the first and second generations and is now its own car, rather than just a stretched Continental GT. The Flying Spur, although still built on the same platform as the Continental, is now an individual model with model-specific options.
The Flying Spur has a host of options that can easily cost more money than an entire Jaguar F-Pace. The Flying Spur is available with hybrid V6 and V8 powertrains, but the W12 installed in the Speed is the better and faster spec. The Flying Spur Speed is also the fastest sedan currently on sale, with a top speed of 207 mph. Talk about bragging rights.
Rolls Royce Ghost
the Rolls-Royce Ghost is the smaller of the two most luxurious sedans on the planet. Smaller is an exaggeration, as the Ghost is still nearly 9 inches longer than a Flying Spur in non-extended wheelbase trim. The Ghost was mostly seen as the Rolls-Royce you buy when the Phantom is too expensive. This is no longer the case.
The Ghost is geared more towards the driving aspect of the luxury automaker, rather than being driven. The Ghost also has a starting price of around $310,000, so not exactly cheap. Unlike the previous generation, the current Ghost is built on the same platform as the Phantom and Cullinan, dramatically improving quality and ride.
Rolls Royce Phantom
the Rolls-Royce Phantom is currently in its 8th generation and has been the most luxurious car one could own for the past 20 years. The Phantom was brought back after BMW bought Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and turned it into the magnificent company it is today. The current Phantom – along with the Ghost and Cullinan – still features the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V12, which produces 563 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque.
The Phantom is available as an extended wheelbase model that adds almost 10 inches to the already lengthy 227 inches. The Phantom costs from $450,000 for the short wheelbase, with the EWB starting at $535,000. That figure easily exceeds $600,000 with factory options, though unique customizations can incur an even higher price tag. Thus, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is the most luxurious car in the world and has a value worthy of this status. How gorgeous!
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