The high-profile Mercedes-Benz subsidiary has had a bit of a tumultuous history, but the German brand is giving the nameplate another go as an executive sub-brand at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
Carrying the flagship crest is the Mercedes-Maybach S600, an ultra-exclusive range-topper that sits above the standard S600 in the German brand’s lineup. Compared to the normal car, its wheelbase has grown by 8.1 inches, giving the car a hub-to-hub measurement of 132.5 inches and a total length of 214.6 inches.
The interior on the Maybach is, as you would expect, dressed to the nines. Set up like a first-class airline cabin, the roomy, Nappa leather-clad rear features two foldout tables, drink warmers and coolers, hand-stitched door trim, a personal TV screen, and two silver-plated champagne flutes. There’s no helpful attendant to keep you company, but the car’s pillow-y ride may make you feel like you’re riding on air.
Going even further, the optional ‘Air-Balance’ package includes ambient ionization, filtration, and the premium ‘Agarwood’ fragrance, which presumably smells like Ron Burgandy’s apartment. You see, at this level, every road trip is like a coddled stay in a penthouse suite.
Like the S600, the rear-wheel drive sedan equips a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 that makes an eye-opening 523 horsepower and 612 pound feet of torque. Because of the added weight, though, the Maybach’s sprint to 60 mph (5.0 seconds) comes half a tick slower than the regular S-Class. But when you’re sitting in comfort in the padded backseat, sipping on bubbly and sniffing heartwood, we doubt you’ll notice.
The Mercedes-Maybach S600 goes on sale in April 2015 for around $200,000.
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