Everyone knows eight cylinder engines make great power, but it wasn’t too long ago when something more was needed. Having four more cylinders offers power in any situation, along with a smoothness that comes from having an extra two cylinders firing simultaneously.
Mercedes-Benz and their parent Daimler have been building twelve-cylinder power for decades, and their latest creation is nothing short of amazing. Sure, you can have amazing power with a V8, or even a twin turbo V6, but even as advanced as they are, you need to dig into the accelerator to get them into their powerband. The beauty of a V12 is that it makes power everywhere on the tachometer. There is something rewarding about barely tapping the pedal and being rewarded with power.
While V12s often make more power than you could need, Mercedes decided it was best to add two turbochargers to ward off any potential competitors. This proven formula has been the powerplant of the S65 AMG for years now, but now it is available in a Maybach-quality package. In the Mercedes-Maybach S600, you have one of the world’s finest engines with extraordinary features.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 is essentially a detuned S65, minus a few of the wild options. For under $200,000, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 offers 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque wrapped in more safety and luxury than any sedan in this segment. Executive seats in the rear allow passengers to recline with powered footrests, while a “chauffeur position” setting adds an additional three inches of leg space for those sitting behind the front passenger seat.
Air within the cabin is ionized, filtered and misted with a light fragrance, while most all features can be controlled from the touchpad COMAND system. A Burmester Surround Sound System provides any level of sound quality desired, turning this car into a luxury lounge on the move.
The next best driver’s feature after the engine is Magic Sky Control. Two forward facing cameras feed a stereoscopic view of the road ahead to the suspension system, which adjusts shock and spring firmness before the car reaches uneven pavement. The result is a powerful sedan that rewards you with the smoothest ride on the market.
And if you need to leave in a hurry, the accelerator can be called upon to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 4.5 seconds on your way to an electronically limited 155 mph. The soundtrack of the V12 is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Whereas the V8 sounds raucous and unrestrained in a wide-open launch, the V12 emits a low-pitched thunder accompanied by copious tire smoke.
Even if you don’t choose to buy one, it’s worth your time to visit your local Mercedes-Benz dealer and experience one for yourself. For more information, click the button below to see S600s for sale from our dealers.
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