With the return of the Maybach badge, Mercedes-Benz are able to compete with the top end of the super-luxury car market. Big Motoring World reviews the Mercedes-Maybach S 600.
Longer, taller and even quieter than previous S-Class models, this is the pinnacle of the range which has undergone some major revisions.
Mercedes claim that this car is the quietest saloon on the roads, as the entire structure has been changed to enable the sound of the engine to be significantly decreased. The stiffer feel to the car is helped by foam-filled tyres which quieten the car on the move.
There is an overall feel of serenity in this model, with luxury feel across the model. There has been an increase in space for the interior, with 207mm of length and height added to the model. The seats not only recline, but also give massages and can change in heat on demand. Re-profiled rear doors and standard window blinds increase an element of privacy in the cabin.
The driver’s voice can also be projected into the back through the speakers with subtle amplification so you won’t even need to raise your voice. And with such a quiet car, the 1,540-watt 24-speaker Burmester sound system gives an incredible sound in the cabin.
The luxury does add around 120kg of weight to the car, but this is counterbalanced with the S 600’s 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine having 522bhp and 830Nm of torque. This means that it remains competitively quick, reaching 62mph in just under five seconds. Magic Body Control keeps it a smooth journey along the road, as the car adapts to lumps and bumps on the road.
The specification and technology make this car worth every penny of the £165,700 starting price.