If there’s one apparent common denominator in this affluent line-up, it’s AMG’s four-litre V8 block, which is also used in the 560-numbered variants of the recently updated S-Class. That range is headlined by the Maybach – a name reduced from an independent model to a trim level, but one endowed with fittingly ostentatious tech and luxury nonetheless.
So while its 469bhp output is impressive, or rather necessary for a limousine of such proportions – the Maybach’s X222 platform is 20mm longer than the long-wheelbase V222 – the standout features here are its Magic Sky Control two-section panoramic sunroof, Energizing Comfort Control (in-car fragrance, mood lighting, entertainment and massage) and executive rear seats which benefit from the Maybach’s longer wheelbase, among others. Furthermore, the Chauffeur Package allows the seat behind the front passenger to recline even more, similar to an airline’s first-class cabin.
A royal-spec interior is one thing. The only other area more important in a car destined to ferry the rich and famous is the quality of its ride. Mercedes-Benz addresses this with its signature Magic Body Control adaptive dampers bolstered by Road Surface Scan. The latter uses a stereo camera to predict the conditions of the road within visible range, pre-empting the suspension to adjust accordingly, ensuring that unsavoury body motions are kept at a minimum.
Being no strangers to the cabin of the W222 S-Class, we found our brief passenger experience in the Maybach to be highly similar at first, extra legroom and additional kit aside. Ride comfort and NVH levels were comparable in regular driving conditions, which is testament to how high the locally assembled S450L (tested on Page 50) sets the bar to begin with. But we don’t doubt the Maybach’s ability to justify its RM1.4mil asking price on longer journeys over a wider range of roads.
In a lonely segment starved of genuine competitors, the Maybach does offer wealthy tycoons a daily ride that’s easily distinguishable at the lobbies of country clubs lined with S-Class after S-Class. Interestingly, it isn’t even the most expensive limousine on sale in Malaysia right now. That honour goes to the Lexus LS500h, which is priced slightly higher as hybrid tax incentives do not apply to fully imported vehicles. But the Maybach will easily cost more after customisation, or if you order it in V12-powered S650 format. Yes, you can do that.
Drink conditioning. BecauseAC is so yesterdayOnly the finest champagnes belong here Looks like any S-Class from the back, until youpull up its side