— Tuesday May 26th, 2015
Mercedes has pulled the plug on Maybach as a standalone marque. Since the announcement in 2011, Maybach owners such as Madonna, Charlie Sheen, Rod Stewart, and Mark Whalberg have been shedding tears onto their $350,000 interiors. Well I have good news for all of the rappers, singers, actors, and high level drug traffickers. Mercedes Benz has reintroduced the nameplate as an ultra-luxury trim level of the already opulent S-600. The Mercedes Maybach S-600 starts off with and additional 8.1” between the wheels as compared to a standard S-600.
This equates to a staggering 12.8” of knee room for those seated in the back of the car. Under the hood is a twin turbo, 6.0 liter, 523 horsepower V12 which propels its precious cargo from a standstill to 60mph in under 5 seconds. With its gargantuan size and conservative styling, the Maybach S-600 is most certainly a passenger oriented vehicle. Alcantara headrests and adjustable leg supports and more sound deadening than there is sound to deaden, makes the Maybach arguably the most comfortable and certainly the quietest car on the road today.
To contradict the maddening silence exhibited in the vehicle, the Mercedes Maybach S600 is equipped with a 3-D Surround Sound System with tweeters that emerge from the interior panels and rotate to better simulate true orchestral sound. One of the few sounds actually made by the car, audible to almost only the driver, is the 6.0L V12 as it rumbles to life and continues to do so at each stop until the driver disables the ECO Stop/Start function.
The S-600 Maybach is clearly not intended to be a car you want to get out of; with its tables to eat off of, a refrigerator to store what you don’t finish, seats you can sleep in, a cabin quiet enough to be murdered in, and an engine powerful enough to flee the scene. The Mercedes Maybach S600 isn’t simply a car to be chauffeured in, it is the car you’ll want to be buried in, because if there is a coffin more comfortable than the S-600 Maybach, I challenge you to find it. I can already hear you saying to yourself, “I would really like to live the rest of my life in the back of that Mercedes, but I’m a bit put off by the $190,000 price tag.” That’s not as big of a problem as it seems. Through mph club, you can rent the Maybach S-600 for a day or for a week. You can even hire a chauffeur through mph club so you won’t have to burden yourself with tedious task of driving the car. As for the rest of your life, that’s up to you.