As expected, Mercedes-Benz has revealed the Maybach version of the W223 S-Class. In simple terms, it’s the S-Class that has been dialled-up to the max and then some. The most important distinguishing factor is, of course, the dimensions.
The Maybach S-Class is even longer than the long-wheelbase S-Class (V223). It measures 5,469 mm long with a wheelbase of 3,396 mm, an increase of 290 mm (both) over the W223 and 180 mm (both) over the V223 model. As it gets the flush door handles as standard, the overall width remains to be 1,921 mm, while the overall height has grown by 7 mm to 1,510 mm compared to the regular S-Class.
The dual-tone paint scheme we’re seeing in the examples here is an option. It comes with a hand-painted dividing line — a 4 mm thick line between the two colors. To ensure the line on the doors align perfectly, the doors are weighted with weights before applying the line in order to simulate the finished interior with equipment such as the power window components and speakers.
As for the other distinguishing factors, the limousine gets the Maybach-typical pin-stripe grille, Maybach logo on the C-pillar, and exclusive 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels. The Digital Light which debuted with the regular S-Class, remains an option even on the Maybach version.
Besides offering acres of legroom, the Maybach S-Class benefits from all the technological and comfort updates on the regular S-Class, so much so that it’s kinda hard to notice any difference, except for the materials used of course. The cabin can be equipped with up to five displays, where a 12.8-inch OLED central display comes standard. While a 12.3-inch digital driver display is standard, a 3D driver display with a 3D representation of other road users and pronounced depth and shade effects, is optional.
Other options include electrically operated comfort rear doors, MBUX rear entertainment system, Burmester 4D surround sound system, active ambience lighting, adaptive rear lighting, folding tables in the rear, rear seat climatization, and belt extenders in the rear.
The Maybach S-Class comes with Executive seats with Chauffeur package as standard. Meaning, both the driver and rear passenger can electrically move the front passenger seat into a chauffeur position. The seats offer a maximum backrest angle of 43.5-degrees. However, the options just don’t stop. There’s a Seating Comfort package that gets multicontour seats, various massage programmes and neck/shoulder heating in the rear. The example here is showcasing the First-Class Rear option with a continuous centre console.
The rear-axle steering remains to be an option. It offers two sub-options: 4.5° and 10°. Noise-optimised tyres with foam absorbers can also be found in the options list. And, if you like spending even more money, the Maybach S-Class can be equipped with a total of 18 airbags. It’s not all “optional” disappointment though; the Airmatic air suspension with ADS+ adaptive dampers is standard and so is an electric panoramic sliding sunroof.
As for the powertrains, the Maybach S-Class (S 680) will be powered by a 6.0-litre (5,980 cc) V12 biturbo motor combined with the brand’s EQ Boost mild-hybrid system. The output is 463 kW (630 hp) and 1,000 Nm (738 lb-ft) of torque. A 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox drives all four wheels via 4Matic AWD system.
There’ll also be the S 580 4Matic on offer, with the M176 4.0L V8 biturbo engine, also coupled with the EQ Boost system. Here, the output is 360 kW (489 hp) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. I’ll update this if Mercedes releases any further information.
The new Maybach S-Class will go on sale initially in Germany in the second half of 2021.