The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a car made for a town like Los Angeles, which so thoroughly enjoys excess. We’re not only discussing the new car’s wildly opulent interior, which is arguably the nicest ever fitted to a car with a Silver Arrow on its nose, but its mechanicals. Mercedes-Benz’s engineers have had as much of a field day with the greasy bits of the Maybach S600 as the designers did with the cabin.
Under hood sits a 523-horsepower, 612-pound-foot, twin-turbocharged, 6.0-liter V12 that can sling the upmarket S600 to 60 miles per hour in five seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour. While those figures aren’t immensely impressive, what they are, to borrow a phrase from Rolls-Royce, is “sufficient.” Regardless, with peak torque coming in at just 1,900 rpm, we’ve little doubt any of the chauffeurs driving the Maybach will be complaining.
There’s not much information available in Mercedes’ sprawling press release on the suspension technology in its flagship S-Class, but expect some iteration of the brand’s stellar Magic Body Control to deliver a truly sublime ride and handling experience.
Beyond that, though, the Maybach S600 should be exceedingly quiet, as its development benefitted from a new aeroacoustics which Mercedes claims makes it the quietest sedan on the planet. Noise-insulating seats, “intelligent air ducting,” and even the wheel linings are feature specific items aimed at reducing unpleasant noises from the road.
The Maybach S600 would be impressive for its mechanicals alone, but it’s the overall package that has us itching to drive this ultra-luxurious stunner. Until we can present you with what will probably be some extremely positive driving impressions, though, you’ll have to settle for our live images from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Take a look at those, and then give a second look at Mercedes’ massive press release on the king of the S-Class range.