Mercedes-Benz is slowly moving away from its big, burly powerplants. Even the folks at AMG are looking at powertrains of the future, with hybrid and electric powertrains not out of the question. If you’re craving 12-cylinder fun in a sedan with a Mercedes badge, however, here’s an answer. The Mercedes-Maybach S680 packs a V12 underhood and enough luxury to keep you comfortable at any speed.
This V12 should be familiar if you follow the Mercedes engine family closely. The 6.0-liter V12 makes 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque and sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission before hitting all four wheels by way of the 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. That combination will rocket this luxe mobile from a standing start to 60 mph in only 4.4 seconds. That’s good by any metric, but considering that this luxury sedan has no expense spared for its comfort, sound deadening, and accouterment, it’s incredible.
Engine aside, this is, effectively, the same as the less-powerful Mercedes-Maybach S580. That means the interior is posher than most luxury homes with leather covering nearly every surface, massive screens, and a Burmester 4D surround-sound system. There’s also a requisite refrigerated compartment to keep your champagne cold, and optional, silver-plated flutes for beverages. Even with sound deadening and acoustic glass, the folks at Maybach have included noise-canceling systems to help counteract any unruly frequencies that might make their way into the cabin.
While this Mercedes-Maybach might look just like its less-powerful counterpart, it could be the swan song for the Mercedes-Benz 6.0-liter V12. As mentioned above, the V12 is effectively phased out of the AMG line of cars, and the company is focusing its efforts on future technology. Though if I had to imagine a way to send off the Mercedes V12, I don’t think there could be a better vessel than this Mercedes-Maybach.
According to Mercedes, the Maybach will go on sale in the first half of 2022. There’s no word on price, but we’re not expecting it to be cheap. Considering the V8-powered S580 starts at $185,950, we’re expecting its V12 stablemate to push that number past $200,000. Still, that’s undercutting its competition and almost a bargain.
If this is the last time we’ll see the Mercedes-Benz V12, do you think its a good send off? Let us know in the comments below.
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