What’s New for 2017?
The 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 600 is updated this year with a new base model that shares its 449-horsepower V8 with the Mercedes-Benz S 550. It’s called the Mercedes-Maybach S 550 — and the two cars collectively are now known as the Mercedes-Maybach Sedan. See the 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 600 models for sale near you
What We Like
Handsome interior and exterior; exceptional performance (especially with V12); amazing amenities
What We Don’t
After the dismal failure of Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach brand, the automaker is back with something a little different: the Mercedes-Maybach Sedan, a full-size luxury sedan that combines S-Class underpinnings with the amenities and features of an ultra-luxury car.
What amenities, you ask? Just about anything you can imagine, including airplane-style tray tables for rear passengers, a 24-speaker Burmester sound system, heated and cooled rear cupholders, reclining rear seats, an automated parking system, and heated and ventilated rear seats. Under the hood, there are two choices: The S 550 uses a 449-horsepower turbocharged V8, while the top-of-the-line S 600 boasts a 6.0-liter turbocharged V12 that makes 523 horsepower and a truly amazing 612 lb-ft of torque. In other words, this thing is loaded.
But then again, it had better be loaded considering its base price: the S 550 starts at $167,000 with shipping, while the S 600 is $192,000 — both before options, which are surprisingly plentiful. That makes the Mercedes-Maybach Sedan considerably more expensive than the standard S-Class — a full-size upscale sedan generally agreed to be one of the most luxurious cars on sale today.
Is it worth it? That’s for you to decide. But in spite of the long list of features and amazing powertrain, the 2017 Mercedes-Maybach S 600 and S 550 have one strong demerit against: They look a lot like a traditional S-Class. We suspect most shoppers will want to stand out a little more for their $165,000-plus, and instead choose a Bentley Flying Spur or a Rolls-Royce Ghost. Those who don’t mind the Mercedes’ look, however, will get a true taste of opulence in this flagship sedan.