Height of op­u­lence

Herald Sun - Motoring - - PRESTIGE -

A $448,610 limou­sine will re­vive the May­bach name­plate at this week­end’s Mo­tor­clas­sica in Mel­bourne — and the first year’s al­lo­ca­tion is al­ready sold.

Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralia spokesman Jerry Sta­moulis says 12 cars were al­lo­cated for 2015 and they’ve al­ready been or­dered.

“To put that in per­spec­tive we sold 13 of the pre­vi­ous Maybachs in a decade ... but they were mil­lion-dol­lar ve­hi­cles,” Sta­moulis says.

The Mercedes-May­bach S600 will head­line the Mercedes-Benz stand along­side clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary mod­els from a 1967 M-B 600 Grosser to the AMG GT S.

Mercedes dropped May­bach as a sep­a­rate brand in 2011 and the reprised name­plate now tops the S-Class range as a sub­brand for be­spoke lux­ury, in much the same way as AMG is the per­for­mance off­shoot.

The maker won’t con­firm fu­ture May­bach mod­els but a coupe and SUV are both likely ad­di­tions to the line-up.

Mercedes says the new car “melds the per­fec­tion of the S-Class with the ex­clu­siv­ity of May­bach” and is “aimed at cus­tomers for whom sta­tus is im­por­tant”.

Propul­sion comes from a twin-turbo V12 and the S600 is 200mm longer than a reg­u­lar long-wheel­base S-Class.

Con­se­quently there’s voice am­pli­fi­ca­tion so that the chauf­feur can con­verse with the rear oc­cu­pants, even though Mercedes touts the May­bach as hav­ing the world’s qui­etest rear com­part­ment.

Other stan­dard items in­clude re­clin­ing rear seats with heat­ing, cool­ing and mas­sage func­tions, Burmester au­dio, adap­tive cruise con­trol and the Magic Body Con­trol sus­pen­sion that scans the road sur­face and pre-loads the dampers to keep the cabin level when it de­tects a bump.

A re­frig­er­a­tor and sil­ver­trimmed cham­pagne flutes mean beverages can be had in style. Oc­cu­pants can breathe ionised, fil­tered air — scented op­tion­ally with agar­wood essence.

The S-Class range dom­i­nates the large lux­ury mar­ket in Aus­tralia and ac­counts for more than 40 per cent of the 558 ve­hi­cles sold in that seg­ment to date this year.

Join­ing the S600 will be a spe­cial edi­tion SL road­ster built to com­mem­o­rate the 60th an­niver­sary of the 300 SL’s win at the 1955 Mille Miglia in Italy.

The SL “Mille Miglia 417” — the 417 stands for the race car’s num­ber — can be or­dered as a six-cylin­der SL400 or, for a premium of $15,900, the V8 SL500.

The price in­cludes red high­lights in­side and out, light­weight AMG Per­for­mance wheels, black paint­work, high­qual­ity leathers, car­bon-fi­bre in­serts and AMG Line seats.

Mo­tor­clas­sica is an an­nual dis­play of rare and ex­otic, his­toric, vin­tage vet­eran clas­sic and col­lectable cars and mo­tor­cy­cles that has also be­come a de­fault mo­tor show.

This year it has gar­nered fac­tory dis­plays from the likes of BMW, Mor­gan, Jaguar, Land Rover and Mini.

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