Maybach may no longer exist as its own entity, but the name lives on in the ultra-pimp versions of the already well-equipped Mercedes S-Class unveiled at the LA Auto Show.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will arrive in February 2015. Two versions have been announced, the S 500 and S 600. The former has a V8 that generates 455hp and 700Nm of torque. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are 31.7mpg and 207g/km, respectively.
The S 600 has a 6.0-litre V12 biturbo that outputs 530hp and a ridiculous 830Nm of torque from 1,900rpm. Enough, we reckon, to uproot your house. Fuel economy is 24.1mpg and CO2 emissions are rated at 274g/km.
Both cars are limited to 155mph and take five seconds to reach 0 to 62mph, which is slower than a Bentley but still impressive. The S 500 gets a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic transmission, while the S 600 gets a 7G-Tronic Plus seven-speed automatic.
The Maybach S-Class measures 5,453mm long, making it 200mm longer than the standard car. Legroom is going to be more generous for passengers. The new roofline also means headroom has been improved, so the bean stalks among us will be catered for.
Inside is as luxurious as you would imagine from a car that is going to command house money. Rather than a simple clock, the Maybach S-Class has a timepiece designed by IWC – a company renowned for creating extremely desirable watches.
There’s also an exclusive Maybach perfume called Agarwood (yes, the car has its own smell) and two silver-plated champagne flutes made by German silversmiths Robbe & Berking if you fancy an expensive optional extra or two. In addition, a voice amplification system amplifies the voice of people in the car so those in the front can easily talk with those in the back.
Did we mention the windows have roller blinds so you can keep the prying eyes of peasants from looking in, panoramic sunroof, Burmester sound system that makes your average home hi-fi look rubbish and HD phone calls?
Like the standard S-Class, which can practically drive itself, the Maybach-Mercedes has a shopping list of safety systems including Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus and Night View Assist Plus.
Mercedes says it has built the quietest car in the world. It’s probably one of the most comfortable, too, thanks to the standard inclusion of executive seats with luxury headrests that can tilt back up to 43.5 degrees. Chauffeurs will undoubtedly love it.
In related news, the Recombu Cars Luxury Car of the year was the Mercedes S-Class.