Is the Mercedes-Benz S580 too rough and ragged for you? Then you will love the new Maybach.
We took our first look at the year 2021 Mercedes Benz S-class (came to the US next year in six-cylinder sizes S500 and V8 S580) a few months ago, but even then we knew the company wasn’t going to leave it alone well enough. Now there is a new member of the limousine family, the 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580. With a much larger rear seat and a chrome-heavy design, the Maybach is the company’s luxury darling.
Like its predecessor, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class will drive from head to toe with the Bentley Flying Spur V8 and the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Even if the base price of $ 173,000 in 2020 S560 rises, the 2021 sedan could be a bargain compared to the British. Of course, Mercedes doesn’t want its Maybach customers to feel like they’re sacrificing something by saving money. That’s why the manufacturer threw everything into its luxury arsenal for the Maybach S580, starting with the back seat.
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The full Maybach experience actually begins before you even step inside. Based on the new Rolls-Royce Ghost, the extended rear doors can be operated electrically (using the vehicle’s blind spot monitors to avoid doorbells). The driver can also operate the doors from the front seat – doorman, start freshening up your résumés now that the machines have arrived.
On board, passengers enjoy a larger cabin thanks to a 7.1-inch wheelbase. In addition, VIPs do not have to share any of these spaces with the front seats, as the extra space between the wheels is dedicated solely to the rear cabin. Individually adjustable bucket seats are equipped as standard with backrests that can be adjusted between 19 and 44 degrees and an extendable legrest on the passenger side. As before, a “chauffeur” mode allows the right rear occupant to move the front seat forward and sideways, creating enough room for a 6-foot-3 passenger to stretch out.
The Maybach is heated, cooled and massaged with several contours in every sitting position. Heated armrests and door panels ensure a cozy cabin on cool days. In addition, the footrest in the back seat now includes a calf massage, which is the highest hedonism in our book. While any Mercedes-Maybach is sure to be a comfortable place to stay, more discerning owners can choose an executive rear seat package that includes a more generous use of wood paneling, a full-length center console and extendable tray tables. A champagne cooler in the back seat and custom-made full metal flutes are also available as options.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2021 is part of the next generation of MBUX infotainment, and the Maybach S580 picks up where the “mainstream” sedan left off – five infotainment screens are standard equipment in the S-Class. Inch display front and center, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, two 11.6-inch entertainment monitors in the rear seats and a detachable tablet that is docked in the rear center console.
While Rolls-Royce is aiming for “post-opulence” with the Ghost – think of restrained styling and minimalist lines – Maybach seems to be going in the other direction. A bold grille with dozens of thin, vertical slats and an embossed MAYBACH logo is the first indication that this is a special Mercedes, the air inlets for the front bumper reinforcing the effect. On the side, chrome panels hang on the surround and on the B-pillar. A Maybach-specific triangular rear side window returns for 2021 to highlight the vehicle’s extra length.
The Maybach’s optional 21-inch wheels have a design that the company claims is inspired by the champagne flutes mentioned above. However, we prefer the standard 20-inch wheels with a retro monoblock design. (We also think that the smooth faces are much better designed than those of the optional monos of the AMG GLS 63.) There is an illuminated Maybach logo on the rear pillar that sets them apart from other S-Class sedans and the traditional, emphasizes the formal roof line. No four-door coupes here. Mercedes is also proud of the ten two-tone paintworks available for the Maybach, such as the combination of Kalahari Gold and Rubellite Red, which can be seen in our personal first-look video.
The Maybach team made a benevolent decision to include the chauffeur in the fun, thanks in part to a standard 4.0-liter V8 with two turbochargers and EQ Boost mild hybrid technology. 4Matic all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission should effectively lower all 490 hp and 370 kilowatts and 700 Newton meters. However, avid buyers will find that the output is lower compared to the 550 PS (410 kW), 539 lb-ft (729 Nm) 2021 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600.
If the S580 isn’t enough for you, Mercedes has confirmed it Motor1.com that in the near future an all-wheel drive Maybach S-Class with V12 drive will arrive. Further information can be found closer to the Maybach sales date.
The standard rear-axle steering, with which the wheels can be turned up to 11 degrees, reduces the turning radius by a whopping 7 feet. Another support for the driver is a standard head-up display with the world’s first augmented reality navigation that projects directions directly onto the windshield and indicates turns, exits and addresses. When it is time to relax on the open road, there is an exclusive Maybach driving mode that is even more comfortable than the comfort setting of the standard S sedan.
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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach The S580 will arrive at US dealerships in the middle of next year. The automaker hasn’t announced pricing for members of the S-Class family, let alone the luxury Maybach, but we believe this will likely split the difference between the outgoing S560 V8 and S650 V12 – plan on hitting at least $ 185,000 Spending dollars on the models pleasure.
With a slightly gaudy design, a technically advanced interior, and the comfort we expect from Mercedes flagship sedans, the Maybach S580 should continue the trend of the outgoing vehicle, its Maybach 57 and 62 predecessors, and other legendary models that Mercedes likes the 600 Greater. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel – or rather to ride with someone else.