The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class makes no attempt to hide its origins. Its exterior appearance is almost identical to that of the standard S-Class, which may appeal to wealthy customers who don’t want to draw attention to themselves as they might in a Bentley Mulsanne or Rolls Royce Phantom.
From the driver’s seat, there’s not much that sets the Maybach apart from a regular S-Class, either. It shares the standard car’s large digital screens (one of which replaces the conventional dashboard found in lesser vehicles), has lots of leather and wood, and sports the Class’s sporty circular air vents. s.
The infotainment system is also present and correct, although – as almost every option imaginable comes as standard – there are many more menus to navigate than in the normal car.
The Maybach’s extra expense is only worth it when you get down into the rear cabin. There is more legroom than in the stock S-Class LWB and more headroom as well. Buyers can choose from a variety of leathers, headliners and upholstery finishes, all included in the price.
From the driver’s seat, the S-Class maintains its traditional ability to deliver agility and cool demeanor that belies its two-tonne size and weight. The S 500’s adaptive air suspension glides over even the roughest of surfaces, and it’s rare for an imperfection to bother occupants beyond bearing.
The inline-six engine is quiet even under hard acceleration, but the noise you hear isn’t particularly exhilarating, so there’s not much to be gained from driving an S-Class like you’ve stolen it. For that you have to wait for the AMG variant.
The S500 with its six-cylinder in-line engine, and although the capacity is only three liters, it produces 429 hp at 6,100 rpm, which is enough to do 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and reach a speed maximum of 250km/h.
The S 350 d also has a three-litre inline six-cylinder engine, but its 282 hp is spread over a power band between 3,400 and 4,600 rpm, and with 600 Nm of torque it should have plenty of torque. drag. This is reflected in a relatively quick 0-100km/h time of 6.4 seconds. The S 400d version of the same engine has slightly more power, 325 hp, and 0-100 km/h is 5.4 seconds.
The Maybach S-Class has a seven-inch longer wheelbase than the already large Benz S-Class brand sedan, providing even more room to stretch out inside its leather-wrapped cabin.
The Maybach includes so many luxury features that we couldn’t list them all here, but all models come with rich leather on virtually every interior surface; a 64-color interior ambient lighting system; heated and ventilated front seats with massage and four-way memory settings; heated rear seats with power adjustments and massage; an air ionization system with a characteristic fragrance; and a panoramic sunroof.
The S-Class’s MBUX operating system boasts some significant improvements, such as voice recognition from all seats and a new ability to store profile information in your Mercedes Me cloud account, so you can take your favorite settings with you. one car to another.
The touchscreen features haptic feedback and augmented reality, plus a fingerprint scanner, and is easy to use with attractive and intuitive menus, even when using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
The new Maybach takes the technological supremacy of the S-Class, its extraordinary ride comfort and its grandiose interior to another level. The ambiance, finish and technical inventiveness of the rear are unmatched. And the giant does not even drive badly in the corners. Also, the last V12 in a Daimler is naturally an event.
It’s hard to imagine traveling anywhere more luxuriously, even though some of its competitors cost almost twice as much. Anyone looking for this very small and special niche should consider the new Mercedes-Maybach.