V12, 6 liters… we thought this engine architecture was a thing of the past! Mercedes-Maybach still uses it for the pleasure of music lovers and enthusiasts of fine mechanics. Located under the endless front bonnet crossed by a chrome rim, these twelve V-cylinders pack 612 hp, which the German limousine (5.47 m) uses to propel itself like a little Opera mouse to 100 km/h in less than 5 seconds.
With its four-wheel drive and steering, 9-speed automatic transmission and suspension that absorbs almost everything it encounters, the monument impresses with its maneuverability for its size, as well as its driving comfort, of course.
From the outside, this Maybach doesn’t fall prey to ostentation, despite its two-tone paint, rugged wheels, recessed door handles and Parthenon-style grille. However, it is impossible not to fall in love with its projectors, each of which offers 1.3 million pixels.
But it’s best explored indoors. Thanks to a wheelbase that is 18 cm longer than the longer S-Class version, the Maybach has excellent rear width. The rest is just a series of spells. Starting from closing the doors, which can be done with a simple movement, temperature-adjustable cup holders, calf massage system or blackout curtains.
We should not forget the ambient lighting provided by 253 LEDs, the 18 airbags decorating the passenger compartment for the safety of the passengers, or the musical atmosphere distilled by 31 speakers. In this regard, three milliseconds is sufficient for the active rolling noise compensation system to reach the human ear in order to neutralize noise pollution. You don’t even have time to pull out a bottle of champagne from the cooler integrated into the rear armrest and fill the flutes connected to the console,
Even though it primarily targets the rear passengers, Maybach doesn’t forget about the person driving. The leather-covered instrument panel and generous walnut-finished inserts make you forget about the inertia of the V12 and the sticky steering wheel when maneuvering. In the age of electricity, these quirks seem frankly outdated.
The same can be said for its expensive consumption, which its 76-litre tank cannot hide. As for the luggage compartment, it turns out to be quite modest (495 liters), considering the space occupied by the German liner.
Less charismatic than its rivals from Rolls-Royce or Bentley, this Maybach does not have brand status in its own right, as its numerous Mercedes logos indicate.
As for the price, it is lower than that of the two mentioned competitors, enough to scare away the most passionate businessmen: plan for € 300,000 once well-equipped and do not forget to add to this the ecological penalty (€ 60,000 from January 2024) and the weight penalty (€ 15,000). .
A reference from another era, this example of luxury and high technology cannot be compared to British icons due to its lack of prestige.
Mercedes-Maybach S 680 comparisons
€247,350, €50,000 (fine), 612 hp, 250 km/h, 4.5 seconds. (0 to 100 km/h), 13.4 l/km, 305 g CO2/km.