The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Is an Over-the-Top Leviathan

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From Road & Track
Nobody really needs more than the excellently comfortable and ridiculously advanced Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Hell, nobody needs an S-Class. Asking for more is an exaggeration, a sign that you want more than you can possibly need. The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580 delivers a package so exaggerated that a peacock turns red.
It starts with throwing every single piece of technology into the ultimate S-Class. That said, you get all of the crazy things about the S-Class - including a 3D instrument cluster, massage seats, sophisticated driver assistance, and a massive OLED central display - and more. So you get 64-color ambient lighting, which is now even better adjustable and flashes with warnings from the driver assistance systems. The Burmester stereo system is also being upgraded, now a "4D" system with 30 speakers and 1750 watts of power. It even has headrest speakers that the car can use individually for navigation so that only the driver can hear turn-by-turn directions. This will prevent your chauffeur's ignorance of direction from interrupting your journey, as you will obviously not sink into the indignation of driving this car yourself.
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If you want to request a massage, know that the seats now offer calf massages in addition to the standard back and butt rub. Seat air conditioning is improved, with more powerful fans and faster heating, to ensure that your back is always perfectly comfortable. Even the headrests can be heated, another victory in Mercedes' battle to warm any surface you could possibly touch. Electric doors round off the opulent luxury - they not only support manual opening, but the rear doors can be opened automatically by the chauffeur at the front.
This chauffeur will also have access to a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. It develops 496 hp, 33 hp more than the last model. Ridden correctly, however, you will never reach the peak performance at 5500 rpm. This is a soaring city car with a torque curve to match: from 2000 to 4000 RPM, 516 lb-ft of torque is available that allows you to overtake traffic without making a beater.
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But they can see you coming. Shown here in a two-tone cream-over-wine scheme, the outside of the S580 looks far more extravagant than the model before. It takes up the restrained design of the next-generation S-Class and immerses it in tinsel, which looks more like Autozone chrome than tasteful. The proportions are weird too. The elongated rear door and roofline are reminiscent of aftermarket sedan conversions, not the flagship factory sedan of the world's historic luxury sedan standard.
The technology is certainly impressive and might look better in a less flashy color scheme, but it seems Mercedes went a little too far in trying to hunt down Bentley and Rolls-Royce. The pricing has not yet been published.
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