The Maybach S650 is the modern standard-bearer for Daimler’s Maybach super-luxury brand. It is the richest and most special car in the Maybach limousine range, which may be the range of limousines that is respected and admired the most all over the world.
To judge by appearances, you might say it was at least as much S-Class as it was Maybach, and that is the result of a strategic decision that Daimler made a few years ago to broaden the reach of the Maybach marque by creating ‘halo’ Maybach models across some of its more normal Mercedes passenger car ranges. The decision was made to broaden the reach of the Maybach marque by creating ‘halo’ Maybach models across some of its more normal Mercedes passenger car ranges. At the same time, the ultra-rare, Maybach-only 57 and 62 limousines with the Simon Cowell specification were consigned to the annals of history.
Because of this, the fact that this vehicle is “only” an S-Class may prove to be both its greatest strength and its greatest vulnerability at the same time. An S-Class may not have the same drool-worthy kerbside appeal as a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, but the fact that it is an S-Class means that it is equipped with the most cutting-edge active suspension and driver assistance technologies, which contribute to the vehicle being so brilliantly refined, rich, and cosseting.
Its 621 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque twin-turbocharged gasoline V12 engine is barely audible, and the S650’s commitment to comfort and good manners is outstanding.