Mercedes Benz has debuted the new Maybach S600 for 2016,The S600 takes as its base the world’s best full-size luxury car: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. To this winning recipe, it adds as standard equipment requisite niceties like a Burmester stereo with more wattage than a nuclear plant, a color head-up display, a pair of reclining and massaging and ottomanned rear seats, a pair of rear passenger infotainment screens, and an IWC analog dash clock that looks like it was pried off a robber baron’s greedy fist. It also includes a 6-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that makes 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. And an eight-inch stretch to the rear compartment that makes your feet look like a distant memory.
If you require additional indulgence, you can also get a pair of airline-style folding tray tables ($1,950) and an integrated champagne cooler ($1,100) all of which slot between the rear seats (though the latter’s physical and mechanical superstructure impinge on trunk space). Or a glass-darkening wizard for the panoramic sunroof, named somewhat ominously in Mercedes style, MAGIC SKY CONTROL ($2,500). Or a quartet of exclusive 20-inch chromed wheels, which resemble a cross between a silver salver and a sawmill blade. If we were specing ours, we would insist on all of it. When you control $30 trillion, what’s another ten grand?
Were we left to our own devices, we would never have emerged from our pillow-soft, chauffeur-driven lair in the back seat. (Did we mention the carpet? It was either cashmere or Pekinese.) But once we were ensconced up front, we found fresh comfort in the fact that, like every top-spec S-Class, the Maybach can pretty much drive itself. And though the super-sedan feels as heavy and unyielding as a mother-in-law at a bachelor party, this colossal lunk can hustle to 60 mph in under five seconds on the way to a 155-mph top speed. It does not dance, per se; it simply renders curves, impediments, and imperfections irrelevant. It even feels inured to pesky obstacles like gravity. In fact, it feels positively armored. (Though thankfully it is not actually balistically reinforced. Were it so, the earth’s crust would require an upgrade to support its mass.)
Too clean… Love it.. Interior looking like a spaceship..