If you happen to find Mercedes-Benz’s fullsize S-Class lacking in space, you’ll be happy to note the German automaker is launching even bigger versions of the car. These will be launched under the recently revived Maybach label, now Mercedes-Maybach due to its sub-brand status, and first up is the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 that goes on sale in April, 2015.
The car, whose wheelbase is 8.1 inches longer than that of the regular S-Class, will wear a price tag of $190,275, including a $925 destination charge. That pricing just undercuts the $200k starting price of Bentley’s Flying Spur and it’s considerably less than the $260k you’ll need to step into a Rolls-Royce Ghost.
That doesn’t mean the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a cut below its British rivals as there's much to like about this mega-Merc. For starters, you’ll find a powerful V-12 under the hood as well as a suite of intelligent safety technologies and some of the most luxurious appointments offered on four wheels. And for those seated in the rear, the cabin ambience is the quietest of any car in production.
Standard equipment includes a Driver Assistance Package with a number of electric aids; the Magic Body Control suspension system; Night View Assist Plus; a Warmth and Comfort Package with a heated windshield; a head-up display; LED ambient lighting; a Burmester premium audio system with chrome-plated tweeter grilles; an Executive Rear Seat Package with recline and massage functions; and an air purifier.
As mentioned, this is just the first product from Mercedes-Maybach. An even longer S600 Pullman is set to debut later this year and will be followed eventually by a high-riding model based on the upcoming GLS (GL-Class facelift) fullsize SUV.