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The Maybach Marque is stating its claim in the world of automotive luxury cars. Having launched the Mercedes Maybach S-Class at the November 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman is expected to make a world premiere in March at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
The difference between these two cars is in the engine. The former, is the S500, possessing a V8 biturbo engine. The later, is the S600 - the premium model - possessing a V12 engine, an output of 530hp and a peak torque of 830 Nm (612 lb-ft). Both are designed to accelerate from 0-62mph in 5 seconds and are capped at a top speed of 155mph. These are engineering phenomenons, not to be reckoned with.
However, it is the luxury aspects of the Maybach, that really set it apart. Foremost, are the rear seats, designed to be a chauffeur driven car, much thought has gone into enhancing the luxury passenger experience. An enlarged wheelbase allows for greater leg room, whilst the executive seats upholstered in Napa leather offer enhanced comfort. The backrest angle can extend to 43.5 degrees and there are leg rests to ensure a comfortable recline.
The silence of the car speaks wonders, as it is expected to be the world’s quietest production saloon. This has been achieved through an engineering feat of special seals and positioning of the rear seats in relation to the side and rear windows, successfully minimising wind noise. As a chauffeur driven car it has voice amplification technology to improve communication between front and back seats.
The price, like everything else about the Maybach is also grand. Starting at $200,000, added luxury customizations are available, to potentially triple this figure. A serious coupé, only for those truly dedicated to automotive luxury. We have no doubt that the Maybach will hold a strong presence amidst the stiff competition at the upcoming show. Luxuria’s Scott Jawns has put together an inside preview of the most highly anticipated luxury cars to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show.
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