What Is It?
2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Sedan
What's New About This Model?
Based on the recently redesigned Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the all-new 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Sedan is an all-new flagship model that is bigger in every sense of the word. It's 8.1 inches longer overall, with most of the added space dedicated to improving rear-seat passenger space. Inside, everything about the S600 is Mercedes' expression of ultimate luxury.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The Mercedes-Maybach S600 will have its U.S. launch in April 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Starting prices for the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Sedan will be in the neighborhood of $200,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
Mercedes-Maybach is being presented as an upper-tier luxury brand in the Mercedes family. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is based on the new S-Class, which includes the standard S550, V12-powered S600 and performance-focused S63 AMG and S65 AMG. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Sedan is offered in one very well-appointed trim level with several option packages.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 — 523 horsepower, 612 lb-ft of torque
- Seven-speed automatic transmission
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
As the representation of the company's ultimate luxury sedan, the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 comes with most of the available features of the supporting S-Class models to fill the more spacious interior. Maybach exclusive features include a massive panoramic sunroof, an interior bathed in premium leather, power rear-seat privacy screens, two silver-plated champagne flutes, exceedingly spacious rear executive seats with leg rests and massage functions, dual rear climate controls, air purification systems and a 1,540-watt Burmester premium audio system.
Optional features include a rear center console with heated or cooled cupholders, folding tables, an electronically darkened sunroof and twin rear-seat entertainment screens.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 benefits from an extensive list of safety features that are also offered on the S-Class sedan. These include a frontal collision warning system with automatic braking, cross-traffic alerts, active lane keeping assist, night vision, automatic high beams, automatic pre-collision seatbelt tensioners and numerous supplemental airbags, including a pair that is embedded in the rear seatbelts.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Bentley Mulsanne: The Mulsanne effectively splits the difference between the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Maybach S600. It balances old-school luxury with some modern touches, though some of the more cutting-edge features found in the Maybach are not available. In terms of price, the Mulsanne resides in the $300,000 range.
Rolls-Royce Ghost: For a more modern expression of Rolls-Royce, the Ghost benefits from a smaller and more manageable size for drivers, but as you'd expect, interior space is reduced, too. Build quality and materials are still exceptional, but overall this BMW 7 Series-based sedan doesn't feel quite as special as the Phantom or Maybach.
Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan: When it comes to luxury, the stately Rolls-Royce Phantom is impossible to ignore. While the Maybach has a decidedly modern interpretation, the Phantom adopts an old-school approach. As a result, it may seem a bit outdated to new-money shoppers. In terms of flawless craftsmanship and materials, they're equals, but the Rolls does cost about twice as much as the Maybach.
Should You Wait for It?
Considering the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 competes with cars that are significantly more expensive yet lack some of its technological sophistication, it should be well worth the five-plus-month wait. For those who don't require this kind of luxury dominance, the standard Mercedes-Benz S-Class is certainly capable of impressing even the most discerning of clientele.