“The luxury badge returns after what turned out to be a brief hiatus; production of the original, £300k Maybach ended when new S-Class production began in 2013, but after protestations from avid customers (Paphitis and Jones, we’re looking at you), it returns.
It does so as the sub-brand Mercedes-Maybach (in the same way the firm’s new V8 sports car is branded Mercedes-AMG), and, rather than a standalone model, this is an iteration of S-Class. Something you’ve doubtless spotted from the pictures: it’s basically an S with extra head- and legroom.
The rear quarters have received most attention, the place where its maker concedes Maybach owners belong. Mercedes claims it’s the world’s quietest saloon car inside, while the addition of a rear quarterlight window means, like in a Rolls Phantom, passengers get an extra bit of privacy by sitting out of sight of the main side window. There will be three drivetrain options. A 523bhp 6-litre V12 powers the range-topping Mercedes-Maybach S600, the only model we’re likely to see in the UK. Below that sits an S500 (5-litre V8, 449bhp) and a four-wheel-drive S400 4Matic (3-litre V6, 328bhp).” text by TopGear
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