The 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S 680 is right here, and the V12-powered sedan is taking its rightful place on the high of Mercedes’ S-Class lineup. Yep, you learn that proper. The recently-revealed S-Class is retaining its 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 — you simply must pony up for the top-tier Maybach model, not the already-debuted V8-powered Mercedes-Maybach S 580.
The hand-built 12-cylinder engine makes the identical 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque because it did within the earlier era Mercedes-Maybach, however this time the easy torque might be doled out by way of Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. That’s new for the V12, as you could possibly solely get rear-wheel-drive earlier than. Mercedes says the torque break up is 69% to the rear axle and 31% to the entrance. This ensures that your chauffeur received’t expertise any undue slipping in inclement climate, an anticipated luxurious within the engineering marvel that’s the S 680. In line with Mercedes, including all-wheel drive required a stronger entrance axle and a brand new differential to deal with the V12’s prodigious torque. The 0-60 mph dash occurs in an expensive 4.4 seconds, which is 0.2 second faster than earlier than.
A brand new “Dynamic Choose” mode is meant to make the trip and acceleration smoother than earlier than, and the rear-axle steering of the usual S-Class is once more made out there on the Maybach — you may select both 4.5- or 10-degrees of angle for the rear axle.
Transferring past the oily bits to the inside luxurious additions, Mercedes claims it made the cabin even quieter than earlier than with the assistance of energetic street noise compensation and its Burmester “4D” sound system cancelling out street noise like noise-cancelling headphones do. The doorways are powered to open and shut on command by urgent buttons within the infotainment system — one other characteristic chauffeurs ought to get pleasure from, as there’s not any must stand up to bodily open and shut the doorways. The characteristic is even built-in into the blind spot warning system to make sure you don’t open a door into oncoming site visitors. And if you happen to actually like gesture controls, Mercedes says the doorways could be opened with hand waves, too.
Leather-based is solely in all places, and it’s the best high quality Nappa Leather-based Mercedes gives. Moreover the apparent, you’ll discover this lovely leather-based on the headliner, dashboard, instrument panel surrounds, glovebox, window frames, pillars, solar visors, door sill inserts and backrest pockets. Diamond quilting and distinction piping highlights the luxurious cabin, and Maybach emblems class it up additional. New LED inside lighting makes the cabin really feel extra fashionable, and the MBUX Inside Assistant permits for much more hand gestures and automatic processes for backseat passengers. For instance, you may wave your hand to increase the rear sunblind within the again.
As for the design, the brand new S 680 builds on the already revised S-Class and appears identical to the V8-powered Mercedes-Maybach S 580. You don’t must spec a two-tone paint end like the instance in Mercedes’ launch pictures depict, however it’s out there to additional stand out from non-Maybach fashions. The chromed-up entrance grille (with Maybach lettering) and bumper are distinctive to the Maybach in what’s actually an try and carry much more magnificence and flash to the desk. The V12 badge sits proudly on the fenders, and people huge wheels are supposed to simulate champagne flutes. Each the exhaust and decrease rear bumper are revised versus a regular S-Class, and the anticipated Mercedes-Maybach emblem graces the rearmost pillar.
A worth was not offered, however the present Mercedes-Maybach S 650 begins at $203,545. Anticipate this one to be much more when it arrives within the U.S. on account of its added all-wheel drive and extra options. Talking of, Mercedes says the brand new S 680 ought to land right here within the first half of 2022.