We were less concerned with where we were going, than with where we weren’t going. Desolation was the real destination. From Los Angeles, the most accessible slice of nowhere is a few hundred miles northeast, in Death Valley. That destination made for a journey resplendent with great driving, starkly beautiful scenery, and regrettably, the most uninspired dining imaginable. Still, we were happy with the route and the four European super sedans that would carry us along it. Our vehicles were reason enough to pack up and leave Los Angeles. Each a factory-tweaked-and-tuned high-performance version of a regular production model, these four represent the current pinnacle of the sedan (or sedan-like) art. Though we rotated freely among the cars, each member of our quartet had a preselected favorite, a vehicle that he would write about in the capsules you’ll find in this story. Editor C. Van Tune latched on to the BMW 540i six-speed during the planning phases of the trip. Editor-at-Large John Pearley Huffman opted for the Jaguar XJR. Senior Editor-at-Large Jeff Karr affixed himself to the Mercedes-Benz C36, while Senior Road Test Editor Mac DeMere went for the Volvo 850 T-5R wagon. The T-5R is clearly the wild card… Read full this story
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