COMMITMENT T O D E TA I L On the outside the vehicle boasts its own special paint process, while inside it features velvety Napa leather seats and a massage function.
Mercedes-Maybach will perform a similar role with its primary focus on offering the absolute epitome of luxury. The sixth-generation W 222 S-Class is the first, and most obvious, to receive the Maybach treatment. At first glance, it is easy to dismiss the Maybach S 600 as just another S-Class variant but the devil is in the subtle detail differences. The most immediate is its size, as the Maybach has an additional 200mm between the front and rear axles over the longwheelbase S-Class to increase room in the rear of the cabin.
Curiously, the Maybach’s rear doors are 66mm shorter than those of the long wheelbase S-Class, allowing the rear seats to be tucked behind the C-pillar to create “a feeling of exceptional privacy and exclusivity” says the manufacturer. With the exception of the stylised ‘double M’ badge on that C-pillar and the Maybach script on the boot lid, the S 600 wears the traditional Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star on its nose, which features a unique grille with three twin-row chrome louvres to match the additional brightwork on its flanks and the dished alloy wheels. As an extension of its commitment to detail, the Maybach also has its own paint process that that involves sanding back the surface of its first gloss coat then re-applying further clear layers to lend a sense of depth to its bodywork. The most significant changes, however, are reserved for the interior. From the front seats, the cabin is largely unchanged from the S 600, with its twin digital displays dominating the beautifully crafted and yet minimalist dashboard design, as well as its unique twinspoke steering wheel. But in the back, presumably where most owners will be spending the majority of their driving time, the Maybach genuinely offers an experience akin to flying first class. Its two executive seats are cloaked in Napa leather and offer an impressive range of adjustment, reclining well beyond any other models and featuring a massage function as well as heating and ventilation, while it can be enhanced with the following options – twin cup holders heat or cool drinks and silver plated champagne flutes sit in a space between the rear seats, ahead of a centre console fridge that keeps the bubbly chilled. Like a private jet, the cabin offers a workplace furnished by twin tray-tables, made from leather and hand-finished alloy, and which swivel from a generous centre console. The spaciousness of the Maybach’s rear cabin means that passengers are provided remotes to operate the tablet-style infotainment screens mounted, out of reach, on the back of the front seats. Mercedes-Benz claims the Maybach S 600 is the quietest car in the world and, as such, has invested exhaustive development in areas such as the window seals and subtle aerodynamic tweaks to reduce turbulence as well as lowering the air suspension by 20mm to reduce underbody airflow. The laid-back nature of the rear seats means the Maybach requires a host of new safety features to ensure its rear occupants are protected
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Mercedes-Benz magazine Issue 1, 2016