As with the retired Maybach brand before it, Mercedes-Maybach editions will deliver an even greater level of luxury than the already opulent S-Class.
And that’s crucial, because while BMW has its Rolls-Royce and Volkswagen has its Bentley, Mercedes has gone without a compelling option for the especially well-heeled since its Maybach marque was retired in 2012.
Today, Mercedes took a major step toward regaining ground lost when the Maybach 57 and 62 models were sent to pasture (if indeed much ground had been held in the first place), with the unveiling of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
With Bentley and Rolls-Royce in its sights, the Maybach S-Class limo’s first trick is its longer wheelbase, which measures 3365mm - a huge 200mm beyond the long-wheelbase version version of the ‘regular’ S-Class.
That all adds up to greater legroom in the rear, where passengers will also be treated to two individual seats trimmed in only the best quilted leather, along with a Maybach-branded perfume and handcrafted silver-plated champagne flutes.
There is of course a full range of functions in the rear, allowing passengers control of window shades, seat position, and the majority of infotainment functions offered not only in the rear but also in the front. (Mustn’t let Jeeves tune into his own preferred tunes…)
There's also a foot rest for each rear passenger and built-in massagers, along with zoned climate control, fold-out tables, airbags in the seatbelt and seat cushion, leather-lined ceiling and - get this - a voice amplification system that allows the rear passenger to be heard in the front row without raising their voice.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will be offered in two forms initially: S 500 and S 600. The former is driven by a 335kW/700Nm turbo V8 which, astonishingly, promises a 0-100km/h time of 5.0 seconds.
The S 600 will feature AMG’s near-legendary V12 engine, but, despite its 390kW and 830Nm figures, it’s no quicker: 0-100km/h is again listed at 5.0 seconds. It’ll surely sound a treat, though.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will make its Australian debut late next year. Tune in then for our review.