The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has remained as the unarguable symbol of success and luxury for a really long time. Chances are that, if you have even walked around a rich neighborhood, you would have spotted at least a few S-Classes parked. However, what if you are so wealthy that an S-Class simply won’t do, but you still want to remain friendly with Stuttgart? Quite simple, really. You get yourself a Maybach. Mercedes revived the Maybach brand in 2015 after a long sabbatical. This time around, the new Mercedes-Maybach will be taking the fight straight to the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Fast-forward to late 2020, and we have the all-new 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. Trust me, this land yacht truly defines luxury beyond luxury.
So, what makes the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class so special when compared to the ‘regular’ S-Class? Let us begin with how HUGE this limo is – from nose to tail, this Maybach is a foot longer than the already long S-Class. There is the massive and chrome-laden front grille, which is a Maybach trademark, while the long hood features a sleek chrome fin right in the middle as full-LED headlamps decorate the two corners. Of course, there is even more chrome covering the lower part of the bumper, along with the window frames, the lower portion of the doors and rear bumper, and on the boot. Oh, there is some chrome on top of the door handles, too.
The Maybach S-Class gets specific 21-inch wheels, ‘Maybach’ logo on the C-pillars, exclusive color options, and a hand-drawn pin-stripe along the whole length of the car for that elite touch. Upon request, Mercedes will paint the Maybach S-Class in almost any color of your liking. Of course, that won’t come cheap. As one approaches this behemoth, its immense wheelbase will standout alongside its sheer length. In fact, the Maybach S-Class has a wheelbase that is 18cm longer than what you would find in the long-wheelbase version of the regular S-Class. So not only are its rear doors massive, the rear room is truly palatial. This limo has so many features and conveniences to pamper you, the overall journey will genuinely seem better than the destination.
The Maybach S-Class comes with a “Chauffeur” package and “Executive Seats” as standard. Right there, you know this is a car you want to spend your whole time in the back of. Once you are safely inside, you don’t have to bother trying to close the rear door manually – that is for peasants! Press a button, and the door closes all by itself. Better still, your chauffeur can do that with the press of a button if you are feeling too lazy. The rear of the Maybach S-Class has 3D laser cameras that can predict when you gesture or move about, including when you try to reach for the seatbelt. Instead of you exerting any effort, the computer will command the belt extenders to ‘hand’ you the seatbelt at the precise time. How awesome is that!
Moreover, roof-mounted LEDs at the back will individually light up separate elements within them to illuminate if you want to read or search for something while seated. Of course, there is a champagne cooler between the two rear seats. So you can sit and sip on some expensive champagne while the extended leg rest starts massaging your calves while you waft towards your destination. If you are still feeling tired, the car will play tailored sound resonance and bass tunes through its 4D surround-sound, 30-speaker Burmester audio system. Yes, there are 30 speakers scattered all across this cabin. Oh, and these tunes are designed in a way where you can actually feel them instead of hearing them. So you can probably go ahead and cancel that upcoming spa session you were planning on going to. But then again, Covid-19, am I right?
Moving on… Mercedes has also installed two high-definition 11.6-inch monitors behind the front headrests, each capable of running multiple Android apps and fully detachable for added convenience. If you are wealthy enough to afford a car like this, you don’t want to be disturbed by plebs in the outside world. To ensure utter bliss and unperturbed ambiance, the Maybach S-Class has so many sound-deadening and NVH curbing materials; other-worldly chaos is a concept you will soon forget. Even the tires have special sound-absorbing foam, while active noise-cancellation snipes out any remaining frequencies that are deemed unnecessary or simply too plebian. The Maybach S-Class is also fitted with adaptive air suspension and active body control. The system uses high-tech sensors and cameras to constantly read the road ahead of the car, slacking or firming up the suspension and anti-roll bars as and when required. Ah, such comfort!
As for its laundry-list of safety features, it is simply too vast for me even to consider covering them in this article. But rest assured, there is a higher probability of you snubbing your toe than being hurt whilst in the Maybach S-Class. After all, we are talking about a luxury limo that is perched several notches higher than the already-safe German Fort Knox, i.e., the S-Class.
Powering this 2.5-ton land yacht is a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, further assisted by a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system. Mercedes hasn’t revealed any specific power figures here, though this powertrain is suspected to produce around 500hp and 950Nm, driving all four wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox.
Another thing Mercedes hasn’t confirmed yet is the starting price of its crown-jewel and all-new Maybach S-Class. However, considering the official launch is set for next year, there is still some time before the price list will be announced. Then again, the kind of people who acquire something like a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class does not really fret over pestilential topics like ex-showroom price tags.