Sit Back And Relax Behind The Wheel Of A Mercedes-Maybach S600

While Mercedes-Maybach is getting ready to pull the cover off the 6 Convertible Concept next week, the guys at AutoTopNL have taken out the luxurious S600 for a POV test drive.

The car isn’t exactly new, as it debuted almost 3 years ago, but it’s the most comfortable one in the brand’s lineup, engineered to be used with a chauffeur, as users can sit in the rear individual seats and enjoy its luxury features.

Despite being billed as “the world’s quietest production saloon” back when it was first unveiled, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 packs quite a punch, delivering an impressive 523hp (530PS) and 830Nm (lb-ft) of torque, from a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. The naught to 60mph (96km/h) sprint is irrelevant in a vehicle this size, but still, it can do it in a very respectable 5.0 seconds.

As expected, this version of the S-Class comes at a very steep price – $191,300 in the United States, to be precise, but if this seems a bit too much, then buyers can also opt for the lesser Mercedes-Maybach S550. This version packs a 4.7-liter biturbo V8 engine and the 4Matic all-wheel drive system, and can be had from $166,200.

But how does the world look from behind the wheel of such a luxurious car? Well, scroll down and click play to find out, but don’t forget your popcorn, because you’re looking at a 14min and 31sec long video.

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  • $200k and you get this annoying windscreen wiper?

  • rover10

    Some thumps and rattles, plus a thrashy engine and noisy wipers? I have to say, it’s probably better sitting in the back?

  • GOT NAUSEOUS WITH HIS HEAD BOBBING AROUND WITH THE FISH-EYE LENS WITHIN THE FIRST MINUTE.

    • ErnieB

      Me too.. couldnt pass the 5 sec Mark..horrible video!!

  • TheBelltower

    Even though I’ve never actually been committed to an insane asylum, all of this quilted material is what I imagine it looking like. Since when did this become a symbol of luxury? It’s overdone.

    • AGREED. EVERY TIME I SEE THIS IT REMINDS ME OF A DIAPER CHANGING TABLE OR A MATTRESS TOPPER.

    • Kash

      You can mostly blame Chanel for that. After they started doing quilted leather handbags and wallets other brands started doing the same thing and eventually the car makers started seeing the popularity of the quilted stitching and the added texture and look it gave their seats instead of the larger strips of leather like you find in something like the Toyota Avalon.

      • TheBelltower

        Makes sense. Though now most of those handbags are knockoffs, and you can get this type of quilting in a Kia. Used over such large areas, it looks really utilitarian. Like packing material. Or a mattress cover that adds extra padding but isn’t supposed to be seen.

        • Kash

          It happens. We should be seeing a new trend in the more luxurious cars here shortly, the question is what is that trend?

          Personally I think it’s going to be rich or vibrant interior colors like blues, oranges, purples, etc. Like the blue interior Mini offers and the purple and white one the new Phantom was showcased in or the blue, orange, and white one the Lexus LC is available with. I think we’ll also see things like JLR’s high end cloth interiors and vegan leathers like Tesla.

          There’s also contrast stitching and perforation patterns to add to the seats to give them more pizzaz. The high end cloth interior JLR offers on the Velar has a unique perforation pattern which breaks up the sheets of fabric like quilting does.

          • TheBelltower

            I think you’re right. Though all of this can be done in any mainstream car. Besides bold color combinations and trim materials, I would prefer luxury cars, and cars that want to be classified as luxury, to focus on less obvious details. Like clock dials that look like IWC watch faces. Or eliminating all plastic switchgear from interiors. Lining the glove box with something other than mouse fur. Things that have a perceived intrinsic value (but could easily be incorporated into mass production) should be the focus for luxury brands, IMHO.

          • Kash

            It can be but it’s still early and I think a lot of automakers will hold off until the bright leathers become cheaper as the supply starts to catch up to the demand as automakers like Mercedes, Lexus, and BMW make the option available on more than flagships and it trickles down from the 7 series to the 2 and 3 series. Then we’ll see brands like Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, etc. make them available in limited numbers at first until they find one color that really catches on and makes it available on a more unlimited scale.

            That’s another thing, the way the infotainment screen on the new Phantom is incorporated, that’ll be another fad. The trim piece doesn’t move like it used to, instead the screen pops up in front of the trim so you have this huge uninterrupted piece when the screen is down. Tesla is already sort of doing this with the Model 3 and it’s one long continuous vent and trim, and Lexus took more of the Tesla approach by incorporating the vents into the trim on the new LS, these are small things I think we’ll see a lot of.

            Then if Porsche’s mostly buttonless interior works out I think we’ll see more brands jumping to it as well, so far I think it is working quite well but it’s still early to call it.

            As for those smaller details say the metal buttons/switches, I don’t think we’ll see those happening outside of things like the S-Maybach and other like vehicles any time soon just because they wouldn’t really catch on because you’ll only have the people who buy and live with those cars will notice those features. A vibrant interior can be seen anytime the door is open or if the windows aren’t tinted by even those who can’t afford the Merc or BMW. If anyone were to do metal buttons on a wide scale I’d say Lexus would, that seems like something they’d do, or GM will do it on their larger cars like the CT5, Impala, and maybe a carbon fiber option on things like the Vette and Camaro for “weight savings” and add it into the cost of the ZL1 package.

            I think we could see more Bentayga style clocks that can be removed and used as a watch and come matched to the car’s interior, exterior, or both (i.e. the watch face matches the outside, the band matches the interior) could be a thing as well. Instead of traditional watches though it’d be a smartwatch that doubles as the car key. To me this is something Volvo or Jag will do, probably Jag because they already have the Activity Key which looks a lot like a FitBit, but I think Jag wants to keep their band as more of a waterproof key so maybe they could do something with FitBit. Volvo though is looking to get rid of car keys all together and a stylish smartwatch could be the thing to do it for them instead of a phone. Tesla is also doing the phone thing for the Model 3 and then their backup cardkey, so I think alternative keys will be a small, but strong fad that also emerges in the next few years.

  • Boris

    I am not impressed. Engine is noisy, rattles from the interior and what to say about wipers sound?