Mercedes-Maybach isn't letting go of the V12...yet
Ultra-luxury sedans and V12 engines go together like fine wine and exotic cheese. Unfortunately, automakers are shying away from massive engines in favor of downsized turbo powerplants. With tightening emissions regulations and the push for electric power, the mighty 12-cylinder is quickly becoming endangered.
However, there are a few manufacturers that refuse to let go of this engine. One of them is Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach to be exact. Billionaires will be pleased that the 12-cylinder engine is now available in the redesigned Maybach. While there are no specifics just yet, we're expecting it to pack over 620 PS and about 1,000 Nm of torque. Not even the Rolls-Royce Phantom has that much power.
Dubbed the S680, its potential clients will be glad that it hides the fact that it has a V12 rather well. It looks very much like the standard model, and you'll need sharp eyes to spot any differences. There's the S680 badge on the trunk lid and the V12 badge on the fenders, but those can be deleted if you ask the manufacturer nicely. Without those markers, the only clue you have are the sizeable multi-spoke alloy wheels that are exclusive to this variant.
As expected, luxury is abundant when you step inside. Acres of wood, leather, and metal grace the cabin, along with massive screens and the latest in entertainment and infotainment tech. The body is 180 mm longer than the long-wheelbase S-Class, allowing those at the back to stretch out and recline those ventilated ottoman seats. There are also a variety of options that include an enhanced rear entertainment system and even a wine chiller.
The announcement of this model is very timely for Mercedes-Maybach. That's because this year marks the 100th anniversary of the first car they produced, the Maybach W3. With that, you can think of the S680 as a birthday present to themselves for reaching the century mark.