It doesn't get much bigger, or more expensive, in the world of high-performance sedans. BMW's flagship M760Li is both indecently rapid and decadently luxurious. Jaguar's XJR575 lacks the tech, yet scores big on personality and sheer gusto. But how relevant are these heavyweights in a modern motoring context?
As heavyweight battles go, this one's a dream contest: two aristocratic sedans, both priced at more than R2-million, with the kind of performance potential usually expected of thoroughbred sports cars.
And yet, the two contenders - one from Bavaria, the other proudly British -couldn't be more different.
The BMW M760Li xDrive's tongue-twisting designation is an apt one, expressing the three key ingredients of a rather unique saloon car formula. The M promises motorsport-derived dynamics, courtesy of BMW's hallowed M Division.
Then there's the L, which confirms that this Seven is a long-wheelbase model, but could also be short for Luxury or Limousine. Finally, the X in xDrive refers to the BMW's all-wheel drive system, which seamlessly directs the Teuton's between the front and rear axles.
By comparison, the Jaguar's XJR575 badge is more prosaic, more to the point - but equally relevant. The R nomenclature is reserved for the British brand's raciest...