Mercedes has a reputation for luxury sedans, the E-class is a very nice car with a great track record, but the S-Class takes even more credit for being a top-of-the-line limousine, even in its factory form, the S-Class is a chauffeur-driven car, and many high-net-worth individuals have an S-Class in their fleet, for when the Rolls is a little over the top, but there is one step above this model from Mercedes … a Maybach.
For the 2022 model year, we will be seeing a majestic Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC sedan in U.S. dealerships, a luxury car as advanced as Mercedes can deliver, a beautiful design combined with the utmost refinement and craftmanship, offering driving comfort together with performance to satisfy just about every owner you can imagine.
This Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC will be the most powerful model in the Maybach line-up, a hand-built 6.0-Liter V12 engine with two turbos delivers 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque … even with the massive weight of this S680, acceleration to 60 mph takes only 4.4 seconds, and thanks to its 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system (31% front and 69% rear torque) she doesn’t lose traction and keeps this mammoth car stable while thundering down the road.
This is a sedan from the upper-class echelons, and that comes with active road noise compensation, just like your gaming headset, this system reduces unwanted low-frequency noises using counter-phased sound waves, the active road noise compensation is a function of the new Burmester® High-End 4D Surround Sound System.
On the road, you will recognize the Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC sedan immediately from the distinctive front bumper and radiator grille, featuring bespoke Maybach lettering, when looking closer you’ll notice the seamless, illuminated door handles, and as an option, the client can select that typical Maybach two-tone paint finish, complete with probably a hand-painted dividing line, the Mercedes-Maybach paint chart offers ten different combinations.
On the inside, you’ll find hand-selected Nappa leather everywhere, including the headliner, but also on the dashboard, the armrests, around the window frames, and even on the sun visors. Naturally, the seats show the stunning, quilted stitching pattern, that returns on the two leather cushions for the rear passengers, a contrast color for the piping and stitching is available, as is a Mercedes-Maybach emblem and the scent system for the airconditioning, which comes with bespoke Maybach perfume naturally.
The rear of the front seats is finished in a designo backrest, made from wood, which looks like it was picked from a luxury yacht, or a Riva boat, very nice indeed, and a touch of luxury like none other, and just in case you are transporting someone very important, the rear doors can be opened … and closed by the touch of a button on the dashboard, or just with a hand gesture, you wave to the door, and it opens, how cool is that?
The Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC sedan is a large car, but driving her is surprisingly easy thanks to rear-wheel steering, even in narrow streets, the advantages are clear thanks to a reduced turning circle, while at speed the opposite is true thanks to a virtual lengthening of the wheelbase with this system.
It is clear the Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC sedan is meant for people to be driven in, not drive themselves, and that shows with the fact the rear seats ‘detect’ a passenger, if you take place in these sumptuous fauteuils, the headrest automatically extends, you can make a gesture to open or close the sunshades, even the one inside the massive panoramic sunroof above you.
And you won’t be bored sitting in the rear of the Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC sedan either, thanks to a pair of 11.6-inch display screens in front of you, not only can you access the car’s functions thanks to the MBUX High-end Rear Seat Entertainment system, but you can also watch a movie (headsets are hidden for you, so you don’t disturb the other occupants) and even browse the internet from the comfort of the rear seats.
And to really make the experience one to remember, the new Maybach comes with a refrigerator that holds a pair of silver-plated champagne flutes and your favorite bottle of bubbles, matching holders on the central console back there will hold the flutes in place, even while being driven around … it doesn’t get any better than this.
There is no official pricing released yet, but this car is intended as a direct competitor to cars like the Rolls Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur, so don’t expect the Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC sedan to come at a bargain … you know what they say: ‘if you have to ask the price …’