Mercedes has finally unveiled its ultra luxurious sedan, the Maybach S600 at the LA Motor Show. At 5453 mm long and with a wheelbase of 3365 mm, the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz model range is 20 cm larger in both dimensions than the S-Class Saloon with long wheelbase. Rear passengers benefit from this increased size as well as from standard equipment that includes executive seats on both left and right and other exclusive details such as innovative voice amplification. In the rear, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is also the world’s quietest production saloon car. The market launch of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is scheduled for February 2015.
Speaking about the new Mercedes Maybach S-Class, Ola Källenius, member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for sales said, “The history of prestige vehicles made by Daimler extends back to the earliest days of the motor car. We have now commenced a new chapter with the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. As an addition to the portfolio of S-Class saloons, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sets new standards in the luxury segment. The vehicle satisfies the very highest requirements in terms of exclusivity appointments and comfort.”
Professor Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG with responsibility for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development added, “Perfection down to the last detail and a new dimension in seating and resting comfort for the rear passengers are the hallmarks of the new Mercedes-Maybach. Our exceptionally successful new S-Class already defines the pinnacle of automotive engineering in a host of technical disciplines such as safety, efficiency, climate control and noise characteristics. The Mercedes-Maybach now sets the benchmark in the luxury segment even higher.”
The top-of-the-range model is the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 will be powered by a 5980cc V12 biturbo engine that would generate an output of 530 hp and maximum torque of 830 Nm. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 completes the sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 5.0 seconds, while the top speed is 155 mph (electronically limited). The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 comes with the latest evolution of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. The 4663 cc V8 biturbo engine in the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 would produce an output of 455 hp. Its peak torque is 700 Nm. The Mercedes-Maybach S 500 is equipped as standard with new 9G-TRONIC, the world’s first nine-speed automatic transmission in the premium segment.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is specifically designed to be chauffeur-driven. For the driver and any front passenger, there have been no compromises compared with a “normal” S-Class. Here, however, the real sense of spaciousness is to be found in the rear. The benefits of extending the wheelbase by 200 mm are felt entirely in the back of the vehicle where the specification has been refined even more. Due to the roofline, it was also possible to further raise the head clearance.
Like the S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is available with numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more safer. Intelligent Drive systems include PRE-SAFE Brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, Brake Assist BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus. Executive seats in the rear as standard come with the innovative seat cushion airbag. The airbag is located under the seat cushion upholstery, but on top of the plastic seat shell, which is moved by the seat mechanisms. This means that the airbag is always in the right position relative to the occupant.
All models at a glance:
|Mercedes-Maybach||S 500||S 600|
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||8/V||12/V|
|Rated output (hp at rpm)||455 at 5250-5500||530 at 4900-5300|
|Rated torque (Nm at rpm)||700 at 1800-3500||830 at 1900-4000|
|Combined fuel consumption from (mpg)||31.7||24.1|
|Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)||207||274|
|Acceleration 0-62 mph (s)||5.0||5.0|
|Top speed (mph)||155||155|