2022 Mercedes-Maybach S 680 Storms America With 621 HP

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And a whopping 738 lb-ft of torque!

When Mercedes first revealed the Maybach S 580 with a twin-turbocharged V8 producing 496 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, we were slightly chagrined. While these numbers are acceptable for a cushy luxury saloon, we expected the Maybach-branded S-Class to arrive with a V12 engine. Our disappointment quickly faded when the 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S 680 was announced last week, powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 with an undisclosed output.

Only a few days after the reveal, Mercedes-Benz USA has announced more details about the car. Replacing the outgoing S 650, Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC Sedan will route its V12 power out to all four wheels, rather than the rear wheels only. Rumors indicated that the S 680 could be down on power compared to the outgoing Maybach S-Class, but the official figures prove otherwise.

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Mercedes USA says the handcrafted 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo engine produces 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. For reference, these are identical to the output figures found in the outgoing Maybach S 650 and Mercedes-AMG S65. Whereas those old V12 models sent their power to the rear wheels via an older seven-speed automatic, the Maybach S 680 gets the latest 9G-Tronic nine-speed transmission with a rear-biased 4MATIC system. The V12 engine sends 31% of the available torque to the front axle and 69% to the rear axle.

The official curb weight is still unknown, but leaked data suggest the S 680 will be lighter than its predecessor. With an official 4.4-second 0-60 mph time, the S 680 is quicker than the previous S 650 (4.6 seconds), though it's still a tick off the pace of the S65 (4.2 seconds). Although it has supercar power levels, Maybach has capped the top speed at 130 mph.

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Since it is based on the latest S-Class, this latest Maybach packs some of the most advanced technology available today. It features active road noise compensation with the Burmester High-End 4D Surround Sound System, which works like noise-canceling headphones to make the cabin even quieter. Nappa leather adorns the cabin, including two diamond-quilted seat rest cushions for rear passengers. Maybach even took a page out of the Rolls-Royce playbook with electronically-controlled doors that open and close with no human effort.

The 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC Sedan goes on sale in the US in the first half of 2022, around one year after the V8-powered S 580 model arrives. Pricing is not available yet, but the Maybach S 580 already costs $184,900, so we expect the V12-powered S680 to carry a significant premium and breach the $200k mark.

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