The Mercedes-Maybach is returning, with a twist

by | Automotive, Design

Official transport for the 2 percent

Mercedes-Benz’s parent company pulled the plug on its superluxury Maybach sedans two years ago — sales never came close to goals — but the fabled nameplate is back, with a twist. The new MERCEDES-MAYBACH S600 hits the U.S. in April as a 2016 model, in essence a stretched S-Class that has been whomped to the extreme.

On board? Eight more inches of length, reclining rear seats with calf rests, hand-stitched leather everything (including the ceiling), concert sound, ambient lighting and, our favorite, a pair of handmade silver-plated champagne flutes — all standard. Pricing for the twin-turbo V-12 luxury beast has not been announced, but the buzz is that Daimler learned its lesson from the almost $400,000 and $500,000 Maybach barges, so stickers will display something on the more democratic side of six figures. Thank goodness. —Christopher Wynn