For those who don’t think the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 is quite luxurious enough, the German maker is rolling out an even more exclusive model, just in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of Mercedes’ most elite products ever.
The new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, set to make its official debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, boasts some impressive numbers. For one thing, it measures a full 6.50 meters – or 21.3 feet for the metrically challenged, with the wheelbase coming in at 14.5 feet.
And even if you have a garage big enough to handle it, the price tag might give you pause, starting at 500,000 Euros, or $566,922. Add some armor and a bit of customized detailing and you could be pressing upwards of $1 million. That puts the new Pullman into the same league as the other members of the ultra-premium automotive markets, Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Oh, and to put things into perspective, the Pullman is about 18 inches longer than the Rolls Phantom.
When it rolls out early next year, Mercedes expects the chauffeur-driven Pullman to appeal to “rulers and royal families around the world,” as well as government leaders and the ultra-elite of the world’s richest citizens.
“Quite apart from providing stately and stylish seating for high-ranking passengers in the comfort and spaciousness for which it is famed, the new Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is, of course, the embodiment of exclusivity at its highest level,” said Ola Källenius, the Daimler AG Management Board overseeing Mercedes car sales.
The Pullman is a classic chauffeured sedan, with an electrically operated partition – the glass can be lowered or turned opaque with the touch of a button — separating the four passengers in the rear. The two “VIP occupants,” as Mercedes puts it, enjoy business jet-style seats facing the direction of travel. You’re likely to lose count of how many ways those seats can be adjusted, and at their max, they can recline 43.5 degrees
The other occupants face rearward, creating something of a rolling boardroom.
Whether you’re holding a meeting or just want to be entertained, there’s an 18.5-inch video monitor, as well as a Burmeister surround sound system. Other than the windows, there’s barely a surface that isn’t swathed in leather, the rest being finished in wood or chrome.
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Special custom centers will allow a buyers to choose from an endless array of bespoke options, meanwhile, should they have a special wood or a unique paint color they prefer.
Moving all that metal requires plenty of motivation, and Mercedes-Maybach will offer two different powertrain options for the new limousine, including a biturbo 6.0-liter V-12 for the flagship Pullman S600 making 530 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. For monarchs who might want to show their subjects some fiscal restraint, there’ll also be a more fuel-efficient 4.6-liter turbo V-8.
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The Pullman name was a well-known marque for the German maker back in the 1960s, though the best-known was the Mercedes 600 of 1965.
The Maybach name dates back even further, referencing Gottfried Daimler’s first chief engineer Wilhelm Maybach, who briefly went off to run his own luxury brand. The name was revived in 1997 when Mercedes brought Maybach back as a standalone ultra-premium luxury marque. But slow sales led the German maker to phase it out in 2011.
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It soon reconsidered, deciding to relaunch Maybach as a brand-within-a-brand, Mercedes-Maybach, allowing it to put a little room between merely luxurious models like the S-Class and its most elite products.