The Oligarch’s Latest Dilemma: Mercedes-Maybach S600 Or Bentley Mulsanne Speed?

These are really nice times to be super-rich. Maybach is back (albeit as a sub-brand), and Bentley is trying to defy the laws of physics with the Mulsanne Speed and its 811lb-ft of torque. The latest episode of Head 2 Head compares the two super luxurious sedans.

While the Mercedes-Maybach S600 isolates the occupants from any exterior event, the Bentley Mulsanne Speed is more engaging and feels sportier to drive. As Jonny Lieberman puts it, the Bentley offers a wonderful compromise between comfort and sport. But this review is not about what the driver feels, it’s about what experience rear seat passengers have – you know, the folks who will actually buy these cars.

As you would expect, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is supremely comfortable and luxurious, with almost everything covered in fine leather, wood and aluminum. Except the interior of the door handles, which are covered with plastic – not exactly what one would expect in a $190,000 car.

That doesn’t happen in the Mulsanne Speed, which uses skin from 17 cows for its interior. The Bentley has more class, but its ride is not as smooth and relaxing as the Maybach’s, which has the advantage of business-class seats. That’s not to say the Mulsanne Speed is not comfortable, it’s just that the S600 is a notch above it. Scroll down to find out which car won the comparison test.

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