Representing the flag bearer of luxury in the Mercedes passenger lineup, the Maybach-badged S680 carries prestige and a specification list like few others.
Following the launch of the all-new S-Class earlier this year, Mercedes-Maybach has announced the S680 will make its way to Australia towards the end of this year.
The S450 is currently on sale in Australia and will be joined by the S580 L and the Maybach-badged S680 later this year, with both emphasising the inherent strengths of the S-Class and taking the game even further.
This starts with the fitment of a 6.0L twin-turbo V12 engine that produces 463kW of power and 900Nm of torque, making it the most powerful S-Class model.
Mercedes-Maybach feeds this power through a nine-speed torque converter automatic and through to the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system.
From the outside the S680 is easy to distinguish from regular S-Class models with a unique narrow-bar grille that is physically larger and matches with the thin-spoked 20 or 21-inch wheels.
The famous two-tone paint scheme is also seen adorned on the outside, which can take up to a week to complete, but buyers can go a single-tone paint job if they wish.
The wheelbase of the Maybach is lengthened an additional 180mm over the long-wheelbase which itself is 110mm over the standard S-Class.
Thankfully Stuttgart has thrown in rear-steering as standard, which helps trim down the turning circle up to 10 degrees and make life a bit easier.
On the inside, the added length is found in the rear seats, with occupants also receiving additional power assistance for the rear doors along with a feeder system for the seat belt that avoids any awkward twists when strapping yourself in.
As a largely chauffeur-driven car, buyers will also appreciate the addition of a centre-mounted tablet that can feel audio to the Burmester 4D surround sound system.
Material choices are naturally a cut above with an exclusive designo style for the Nappa leather seats while with thick floor mats adding to the luxury feel.
Upfront, Maybach has also fitted a warming function for the seats, armrest, centre console and steering wheel, with the later trimmed in a polished woodgrain material.
The wood theme continues around the interior that is matched with a crystal-black material that works to carry over the two-tone look from the outside in.
As you can imagine all this does not come cheap, with prices starting at $565,800 before options or any on-road costs. Orders can be placed from the third quarter of 2021 with deliveries expected to take place towards the end of the year.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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