Whoever thought annual budgets would ruin the chances of these two cars, think again. There was the EU-FTA trade agreement that everyone was rooting for, even lobbying for. On the other hand, on the very day we tested these two fine looking white numbers, Pranab Mukherjee, our honorary Finance Minister dropped the excise duty bomb and made these cars expensive in one fell swoop. Drat! So much for being rich, moaned some under their breath. Or so I’d like to believe. It won’t hurt them much. They’ll groan, curse and then go and buy these cars, so it really doesn’t matter if their prices are up a couple of lakh rupees.
Before you swing a baseball bat at me, here’s what you need to know. The prices of these cars on our spec sheets may read differently in a few weeks’ time (heck the Lamborghini Aventador is up by Rs 90 lakh, ex-showroom!), but the price change doesn’t change what these cars stand for. They are the flagships of their respective brands, built with the finest materials and engineered to within an inch of the lives of all the elements on the periodic table. Not only do they have sporting pretensions, they even pamper you and make you feel special. And once a winner emerges, it will probably have very little time to take a deep breath, for the next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class is breathing right down its collar. And we all know the heavy burden that the S-Class lugs around – the best car in the world tag!
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