For the V-VIPs
Mercedes might have killed the Maybach brand in 2012, but the name is living on through the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600. Aimed at “customers for whom status is important,” the Maybach sedan adds even more excess to excess, so if you were already impressed with all the ridiculous gadgets the S-Class had to offer, wait until you see what the Maybach S600 brings to the table.
Because you ride around in something like the Maybach S600 instead of driving it, lots of work was put into the rear passenger area of the sedan. Both the wheelbase and length of the Maybach S600 were stretched by 8.1 inches to help increase legroom, which nearly doubles from 6.5 inches to 12.8 compared to a regular S-Class. Headroom also increased from 37.4 inches to 37.9, but the Maybach S600 doesn’t just look like a much longer S-Class.
Maybach influences are found everywhere, starting with the signature double-M Maybach Manufaktur logos displayed on the C-pillar on both sides of the sedan. Maybach lettering also sits opposite the S600 badge on the trunk, and up front, the familiar Mercedes grille boasts subtle yet noticeable changes. Look close and you’ll notice the opening is larger with three fat chrome slats versus the four skinny ones on the regular S-Class, and hidden behind those are thin, vertical slats that further point to the sedan’s exclusivity. Meanwhile, the chrome trim in the air intakes and lower bumper has also been doubled up in size, and the trim pieces on the Maybach S600’s rear end have been, as well. There’s more bling on the wheels, too, with exclusive 20-inch Maybach-like wheels that can be had instead of the thin-spoked wheels on the regular S-Class.
If the rear doors also look different, that’s because they are. They’ve been shortened by 2.6 inches and stripped of the rear-quarter windows, which are now situated in the C-pillar. Although this helps further differentiate the styling, the main purpose for pushing them back was to provide more privacy for rear passengers. With the seats now located far back behind the door cutout, V-VIPs can hide more comfortably from the paparazzi. And by comfortable, we mean really comfortable. The Maybach’s interior looks more like an extravagant living room than the inside of a car; it’s got sumptuous materials everywhere you look. Copious amounts of wood and chrome trim pair nicely with all the Nappa leather found on the front and rear seats, dashboard, armrests, headliner, and door trim. The quilted pattern on the seats gives the interior an ultra-premium look, and seatbacks feature embossed Maybach crests. Further emphasizing the Maybach theme is an IWC analog clock, which features individually milled and applied numbers in fine metal.
But all the good stuff is way in the back. The rear space is equipped to accommodate any mood a V-VIP might be in. For those looking to get some work done, the executive rear seats have an upright angle of 19 degrees, though they can be adjusted down to a maximum backrest angle of 43.5 degrees. Thermo cupholders and light alloy folding tables with leather inserts also help transform the rear space into a comfy work station. Meanwhile, sleepy V-VIPs who want to get some shut-eye should consider sitting behind the front passenger, where 3 more inches of legroom and a forward-folding front seat allow the rear seat to fully extend into an almost bed-like position. Calf support, heel support, and an extra-soft cushion on top of the headrests further spoil sleepy V-VIPs, as does a hot-stone seat-massaging function. They’re also sure to get a good nap in, as Mercedes says the Maybach S600 has the quietest cabin out of any production sedan, thanks to the use of several special seals. V-VIPs who want to get the party started can sip some bubbly out of silver-plated champagne glasses while bumping their favorite party tunes on the Burmester sound system, which features 24 speakers and rotating tweeters. The tweeters rotate 360 degrees when the head unit is turned on, moving 10 millimeters toward passengers in a spiral motion. Mercedes says this movement aligns the tweeters to “give the optimum sound impression.”
The Maybach also comes with the S-Class’ perfuming system, though it features a Mercedes-Maybach perfume that you won’t smell in any other S-Class models. Called Agarwood, Mercedes says the exclusive scent “speaks of the centuries-old tradition of perfume.” Even the bottle is adorned with Maybach lettering.
The special treatment ends there, as the Maybach S600 features the same 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 that makes 523-hp and 612-lb-ft of torque in the S600. A seven-speed automatic sends that power to the rear wheels, and Mercedes says the Maybach S600 will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds.
With all the Mercedes-Maybach has to offer, it puts other S-Class models to shame. The German automaker stresses that Maybach isn’t simply an equipment line, but another sub-brand next to AMG. And just as AMG models dropped the “Benz” name, so too will Maybach models.
The Mercedes-Maybach S600 will be sold in its key markets in China and the U.S., where it will launch in April 2015. We expect the Maybach S600 to cost around $200,000.