Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Slinks into the LA Auto Show with Effortless Style


It's Mercedes' $200,000 rival to Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

When production of the new S-Class started in 2013, production of the original Maybach ended after an uninspiring decade-long return. But now it’s back as the Mercedes-Maybach S600. Instead of being a standalone model, it represents a sub-brand. Just as the Mercedes-AMG is synonymous with performance, Mercedes-Maybach will be identified with super luxury, exclusivity and prestige. In short, it’s just another S-Class, albeit one with an extra-long wheelbase, plenty of head- and legroom and a cabin that will give Rolls-Royce and Bentley dwellers something to think about.

Mercedes expects Maybach owners to ride in the back. So while the exterior is modestly upgraded with a more stately looking grille, lengthened rear doors, and a couple of subtle badges, the carmaker has focused on the interior of the high-end S600. Hand-stitched leather trim, real wood and chrome trim covers every inch of the cabin, which features individual electronically-adjustable rear seats akin to those in the Maybach 57 and 62 models. A rear quarterlight window ensures rear passengers remain out of sight of the main window, while backrests recline by up to 43.5 degrees and cushioned pop-out ottomans ensures the full first-class travel experience.

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When the front passenger adopts a "chauffeur position," extra legroom is provided at the back, which is ideal when one is knocking back bubbly from the silver-plated champagne flutes while getting an imitation hot stone massage from the chair. Other one-percent essentials include an Air-Balance perfume pack, panoramic sunroof with Magic Sky Control, Designo leather headliner and Burmester 3D stereo. Power will come from an AMG-produced 523-hp 6.0-liter V12, while other markets will receive a twin-turbo V8 in the S500, and a V6 in the AWD S500 4Matic. No word on price yet, but when the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 hits showrooms this April, expect a price tag in the region of $200,000.