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2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 Debuts in L.A. with Ultra-Luxury Trimmings

8.1 in longer wheelbase makes for a sumptuous rear seat.

Mercedes-Benz is bringing its S-Class flagship to a new level of luxury with the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600. This new model revives the Maybach name, which was last used for two ultra-luxury sedans, the 57 and 62, sold between 2003 and 2010.

This new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class does things a little differently than these previous, standalone Maybach models, as it is based heavily on the standard Mercedes-Benz S600 sedan and fits into the S-Class lineup along with standard S-Class and performance-oriented Mercedes-AMG versions. Big changes for the Maybach version include an 8.1-inch stretch for the wheelbase and overall length, all of which goes toward increasing rear-seat room. Helping to disguise the length increase is a different rear door design that places the rear seats behind the door cutout, making for increased privacy for the presumably distinguished occupants who will be riding in back of the Mercedes-Maybach S600.

Onlookers won't be able to tell too much of a difference between standard S600 and Maybach S600 models, as the exterior features subtle upgrades over the standard car. The Maybach's exterior differences include 20-inch forged wheels, some extra chrome trim, a different front grille, and the double-M Maybach badge front and rear.

Plenty more enhancements set the interior apart from lesser S-Class models, with tons of wood trim, and Nappa leather to take the already sumptuous S-Class cabin to a new level of plushness. The rear seats get a complete overhaul as well, as the two individual chairs move rearward and inward for increased space and comfort. All sorts of accoutrements are included for rear seat passengers, including fully adjustable massaging chairs with footrests, individual climate zones, folding tables, and an optional executive package that adds a larger console with heated and cooled cupholders. Mercedes even says the rear seat is quieter than in a standard S-Class thanks to increased insulation.

Under the hood of the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is the same 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine from the S600, producing 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive will be standard, and, surprisingly enough, 4Matic all-wheel drive is not available as an option, at least at this point.

When the Mercedes-Maybach S600 debuts in the U.S. in April 2015, it will start around $200,000. That should put it above all other S-Class variants save for the V-12-powered S65 AMG which starts at $224,625. Full pricing for the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 should be released closer to its on-sale date, and this model makes its official debut at the Los Angeles auto show this week.

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