Yeah, the article will probably be posted online towards the end of September. The new issue just came out.
The competition is stiff. Both BMW and MB make excellent cars. Lexus was either up to par or ahead in terms of amenities and options, although performance was modest. Especially since both the S500 (not S430) and the 740iL Sport had performance tires on 18" rims, and sport tuned suspensions. Nevertheless, Lexus did well in all aspects. The only thing that killed it was styling, although I think it looks classy. The editor gave it a C for exterior styling, calling it a big avalon. I know it's not as aggressive as BMW, but I happen to like it. Styling is a personal preference that shouldn't bring the overall score down. In all other tests, the car was head to head, despite the $20/30K price advantage that it will probably have.
I guess I'm proud of lexus for this new extraordinary achievement.
Keep it up Lexus.