Inside the majestic Mercedes Maybach
With LED TV screens, silver-plated champagne flutes and seats that can give a hot stone massage, the Mark II Maybach S-Class takes luxury to whole new levels.Damien Reid April 26, 2015
A massive Nappa leather seat, footstool, large LCD TV screen, curtains that close at the flick of a switch, a fridge, silver-plated champagne flutes with purpose-made thermo-controlling holders: It might sound like we're describing the amenities available in a first-class flight, but we are, in fact, talking about the rear seats of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600.
Our initial fears that the Maybach was to be little more than another S-Class were set aside the moment we laid eyes on its hulking six-metre length - a full 200mm longer than the long-wheelbase S-Class, which makes a quite beautiful impact on the interior space for the rear seat occupants.
If there is no front-seat passenger, the vacant front seat can be extended forward to give full legroom and the ability to stretch in an almost flatbed situation with the footrest in place. Then there’s the addition of a button which folds the front seat headrest down at the same time as it lowers the LCD TV screen to meet your lowered eye line so you have a clear view of both what’s on the TV and the road ahead. It’s the attention to detail that is outstanding in this car.
One thing you notice is the absolute absence of wind noise or road noise, it’s just perfect. However in case you have the stereo or TV on or you’re talking to your companion, there’s a microphone in the roof lining above the driver so that any instructions from up front even at a low, muted level are amplified to you though the rear speakers.
Making sure that all senses enjoy the Maybach experience, Mercedes has developed an exclusive fragrance. The smoky Agarwood Oud comes from the wood of the Agar tree which they claim is more precious than gold.
The silver-plated champagne flutes are hand crafted by renowned silversmiths, Robbe & Berking in Flensburg, Germany and click into dedicated holders which also house innovative thermo cup holders that use Peltier technology to cool or warm drinks. Just like an aircraft seat, the centre console includes two fold out tables made of light alloy with leather inserts that are perfect for the computer or writing while on the go.
An optional rear seat comfort package includes individually adjustable multicontour seats that feature eight different massage settings including an unforgettable hot-stone setting that makes the worries of traffic snarls wash away.
Power comes from the 6-litre V12, twin-turbo engine used in the S63 AMG which punches out 530bhp and 830Nm of torque from just 1900rpm so it’s not short of grunt under the right foot and it’s a seemless, near endless surge of power that’s so linear and quiet it feels like the Queen Mary on full steam ahead.
At AED 560,000 for the S 500 and AED 779,000 for the S 600, the Maybach mark two has set more realistic targets than to go chasing the Rolls-Royce Phantom as the previous model attempted, however in terms of comfort, features, ride, quality and refinement, it’s up there with the very best in the world.
Engine: 6-litre, twin-turbo V12
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Power: 530bhp @4900rpm
Torque: 830 @ 1900rpm
0-100km/h: 5.0 seconds
Top Speed: 250kmh
Price: AED 779,000