In the U.S., the new car will launch as the Mercedes-Maybach S600, fitted with the same 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 that powers the “regular” Mercedes-Benz S600. It makes 523 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque, and it viciously runs the car into an electronic governor at 155 mph. Acceleration to 62 mph is said to take five seconds flat. Other markets will be offered the Mercedes-Maybach in eight-cylinder S550 and six-cylinder S400 forms.
The most obvious thing the Maybach delivers is space—and plenty of it. The length and wheelbase have increased by 7.9 inches, all of which benefit the rear passengers. The aft compartment has much more legroom and a bit more headroom, and it offers what Daimler claims is the quietest back-seat experience in any production car. A full panoramic sunroof is standard, as are privacy shades for the rear glass, and while the S-class already features a best-in-class interior, the Mercedes-Maybach adds further details.
These include expansive and unique wraparound wood trim, Maybach logos on the C-pillar and embossed into the center armrests, an IWC-badged clock with individually milled numbers, chrome-plated speaker grilles, and fiber-optic ambient lighting. There’s also Burmester 3-D surround sound, tweeters in the rear doors that “spiral” toward passengers, and a pair of Robbe & Berking silver-plated champagne flutes. The rear seats both offer a full range of power adjustability—including a backrest that can be moved independently of the seat bottom—a massaging function, and powered calf supports. A footrest can be motored out of the front passenger seatback for sleeping or relaxing. Cooling and warming cup holders are available, as are articulated tables that unfold from the rear center console. The rear air “nozzles” are done in a wood finish. Put simply, the car is sumptuous without being garish.