Mercedes is so thoughtful. If the six-figure S-Class Sedan, with its 496-horsepower V8, massaging seats at all four positions, air ionizer, and augmented reality displays arenâ€™t enough for you, they have a more luxurious option. All it will cost you is (probably) about double the price.
For the uninitiated, the S-Class is the top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz sedan. It comes in a V6-powered S 500 and a V8-equipped S 580 model, each with nearly every luxury you can imagine. But we just said nearly.
If you want every luxury you can imagine, you step up to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. It comes in a previously-announced V8-powered S 580 trim, and in this, the brand new S 680 model.
Hand-Built V12, All-Wheel Drive
Under the hood of the S 680 is a 621-horsepower, hand-built 6.0-liter V12, stamped with the name of the person who built it. It sends power to the wheels through a 9-speed automatic transmission. To all four wheels, for the first time. This edition of the Maybach gets Mercedesâ€™ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system, which sends 31% of the power to the front wheels and 69% to the rear.
That combination sends the S 680 from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, despite its more-than-5,000-pound curb weight. Four-wheel steering makes it light on its feet for such a beast.
The S 680 will arrive at dealerships in the first half of 2022. Pricing has not yet been announced. The less-powerful 2021 edition of the Maybach starts at $203,545.
Opulent Cabin Responds to Gestures
For nearly twice the cost of a standard S-Class, you get new luxuries. They include a new noise-canceling Burmester â€œ4Dâ€ sound system and powered doors that you can open and close with a wave of your hand, or your chauffer can open and close them through the vehicleâ€™s touch screen. You can also raise and lower sunscreens with a gesture.
Maybach models distinguish themselves from the pedestrian S-Class cars the rabble can afford thanks to their unique chrome grille, a subtly different bumper, and the available two-tone paint scheme.
For anyone reading this wealthy enough to be in the market, though, weâ€™d be neglecting our duty if we didnâ€™t point out that Mercedesâ€™ new electric flagship, the EQS, has a few features this doesnâ€™t. They include programmable scents and a luxurious nap mode. Weâ€™ve heard nothing about plans for a Maybach EQS.