With just 15 examples for the US market, exclusivity is guaranteed.
Although the luxury car chops of the Mercedes-Maybach S have never been questioned, it has struggled to attain the exclusivity and charm that rivals like the Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost have in abundance. After all, the Maybach is clearly based on the regular S-Class, which Rolls owners may scoff at. Yes, we know - imagine what life must be like when you can look down upon S-Class drivers?
Now, Mercedes has introduced a special edition of the Maybach called the S650 Night Edition, which could go some way towards tempting buyers who may otherwise be considering one of the esteemed rivals mentioned above. They'll have to hurry, though, because only 15 examples of the Night Edition will be sold in the United States.
The Night Edition adds sinister black and carbon-fiber elements to the Maybach S650 while retaining the 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo engine that generates a stunning 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. Following the departure of the AMG S65, the Maybach S650's V12 is the last chance to enjoy this legendary motor in a current-generation S-Class or Maybach. The V12 should make a return in the all-new S-Class, though. Zero-to-sixty takes just 4.6 seconds and Mercedes' Magic Body Control suspension provides a creamy smooth ride.
But the Night Edition is all about aesthetics, and it starts with 20-inch shadow smoked Maybach forged wheels. The car is painted in Obsidian Black and a neat carbon-fiber spoiler has found its way onto the rear trunk lid. The Night Edition badging is subtle, but overall, it looks sleeker and more cohesive than the two-tone paint job that's offered on the regular Maybach.
The cabin remains one of Mercedes' very best, and in the Night Edition it's even more sumptuous with Exclusive Nappa leather upholstery in a combination of Porcelain and Black. Even the floor mats are in leather, and the Night Edition badging finds its way onto the center console. When one thinks Maybach, glossy wood sounds like a more natural choice for interior trim than the racy carbon-fiber employed here, but the combination works surprisingly well.
The Night Edition, like the regular Maybach S650, retains one of the best back seats in the business. They recline by 43 degrees, offer massaging, and even have power calf rests. Other feature highlights include dual 12.3-inch color screens, a head-up display, night view assist plus, and heated/ventilated seats. At $242,950, the Night Edition carries a $40,000 premium over the normal Maybach S650, but exclusivity never comes cheap. The Night Edition is now arriving in local showrooms.