Return Of The Maybach
For years now, the name Maybach has been synonymous with an ultra luxurious sedan that rivalled Rolls Royce and Bentley.
The company, founded in the early 1900s, produced opulent cars between 1921 and 1940. Vehicle production stopped during the Second World War, and did not restart afterwards. In 1960, the company was purchased by Daimler-Benz, and was used to make special edition hand-built Mercedes cars. Beginning with a concept shown in 1997, Daimler revived the Maybach brand in 2003, launching ultra luxurious vehicles on the same plane as Bentley and Rolls Royce. Sales of the half-million dollar car never reached expectations, and Daimler shuttered the brand in 2012.
Fast forward to the present- the Maybach is returning, this time as a super luxurious Mercedes, and about $150,000 has been shaved off of the sticker price. Arriving in dealerships in April, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 takes the already-fancy S class up a few notches. It’s more luxurious, and features a lavish interior.
In particular, the rear seating area of the extended-wheelbase sedan has been upgraded to suit those in countries such as China, where the rich and fabulous prefer to be chauffeur driven. Extra space in the rear has been created by extending the car’s length and wheelbase both by 8 inches.
Occupants enjoy a feature called Magic Sky Control, which switches the glass from light to dark. The Maybach also includes a glass panoramic sliding sunroof, roller sun blinds for rear windows, double cup holders and storage in the rear. Individually adjustable seats have a hot-stone massage setting, can recline between 19 and 43.5 degrees and are paired with a heel-support footrest. A centre console contains thermal cup holders and alloy folding tables, similar to those found on airplanes. Wood trim is plentiful, contrasting with hand-stitched nappa leather. All of the semiautonomous safety and drive-assistance features found in the regular S-class sedan are included.
The rear panel has a seamless look, thanks to the rear door being shortened by 2.6 inches. Windows have been changed, and glass is trimmed with chrome. On the C-pillar is a chrome double M badge- for “Maybach Manufaktur” the original Maybach company name.
Under it’s hood, the North American version will enjoy a 6.0-litre V-12 biturbo engine that generates 612 lb-ft of torque.
Called the “world’s quietest production sedan,” Mercedes wind tunnel tested the car for noise. Noise reduction was helped by optimized door design, even when seats are reclined.
The new Maybach is making simultaneous debuts this month, at both the Los Angeles Auto Show and at an auto show in Guangzhou, China. Pricing hasn’t been officially announced yet, but it is expected to start at $200,000, competing with the Bentley Mulsanne and the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Two other variants are being made specifically for the Chinese market.
By Linda Aylesworth – car-news.ca