When the name Maybach is mentioned, thoughts immediately turn to large and luxurious sedans. Over the years, the Maybach brand has gone on a bit of a rollercoaster and is today a Mercedes-Benz-owned subsidiary. In many ways, Maybach can now be considered a trim level, an ultimate version of Mercedes’s most luxurious models.
Just like the rest of the Mercedes line-up, the future is destined to be electric. Traditionally, vehicles in this segment have been kitted out with some of the finest engines from the world of combustion. Having an excess of power is a true luxury, an overindulgence. In order to avoid compromise on this front, Mercedes and Maybach have now created a plug-in hybrid version of the ultra-luxurious Maybach S-Class. This new model has big boots to fill, especially as the competition is now stronger than ever. Here are 10 reasons why the Mercedes-Maybach S580e is the most luxurious plug-in hybrid.
10 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Has Abundant Power
Just like the Mercedes S580e this Maybach is based on, a powerful hybrid powertrain lies at its heart. Providing the combustion element is a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight six, which contributes 367 hp. This already fairly generous power output is increased to a massive 510 hp thanks to a 150 hp electric motor.
Drivers are treated to an impressive 553 pounds-feet of torque, most of which is available almost instantaneously thanks to the electric motor. Other engines in the line-up are known for being quite thirsty, so the hybrid could make a lot of sense. The S580e is able to travel up to 62 miles on electric power alone.
9 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Offers Serious Legroom
Compared to a “regular” long variant Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the Maybach boasts an 18 cm longer wheelbase. The direct beneficiaries of this extra space are the rear passengers.
As a result of the increased real estate, those in the back can stretch out in a whopping 44 inches of rear legroom. Further increasing the comfort levels, is the ability to recline the rear seat back up to 43.5 degrees. If all this wasn’t enough, those seated behind the front passenger seat can electronically slide it forward into a chauffeur position, for ultimate relaxation.
8 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Provides Muted Silence
One of the biggest differentiators between a good quality car and a truly luxurious car is the level of cabin noise. From wind and road noise to the general engine and mechanical intrusion, there is no shortage of potential irritation.
With its hybrid powertrain and high levels of sound insulation, the S580e looks set to improve on the already impressive Maybach-S Class. The model makes use of noise-insulating laminated safety glass, foam-enriched tires, and even an impressive “active road noise compensation” system.
7 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Features Desirable Maybach Branding
The Maybach name has long been associated with the ultimate in luxury. While the brand is relatively unknown to many people, those who know, know. Originally founded in 1909 by Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl, the brand was primarily focused on creating aircraft engines. In later years, Maybach turned its attention to high-end cars, launching its first model at the Berlin Motor Show in 1922. World War II all but put an end to the company, and it was eventually sold out to Daimler in the 1960s.
Following the influence from Mercedes-Benz, the company was brought back to life in the early 2000s. Two models based on the S Class were released, the 57 and the 62. The cars were squarely aimed at the super-rich, becoming serious status symbols.
6 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Was Designed Around Champagne
Raising the luxury stakes further is an integrated champagne cooler. Large enough to accommodate around three bottles, the cooler is a welcome addition for those in the rear.
Of course, to enjoy the bubbles at their best, a champagne flute is required. Fortunately, Mercedes have catered for this by including a designated holder and silver-plated champagne flutes.
5 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Demonstrates Understated Styling
Compared to many other options on the market, the Maybach S580e is relatively restrained. While there is no denying the car has a presence, its classic sedan body form is fairly conservative.
Forgo the optional two-tone paint and the sportier wheel designs, and the Maybach S-Class becomes a bit of a sleeper. In an increasingly volatile world, there is a lot to be said for keeping under the radar.
4 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Is Based On The Mercedes S-Class
The Mercedes S-Class has to be one of the most distinguished luxobarges on the market. The model has been in production since 1972, following the launch of the “W116”. Now in its seventh generation, the car continues to offer class-leading comfort, refinement, and technology.
The “W223” as it is known, features the second-generation Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system. Based around a 12.8-inch OLED infotainment screen, the setup helpfully utilizes the “Hey Mercedes” voice assistant to control many essential features.
3 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Utilizes Exceptional Quality Materials
Maybach has been widely praised for the sublime interiors found on its vehicles. The fit and finish are next level, with extreme attention to detail. Creating such a premium interior requires the use of the finest materials.
Maybach has not compromised with the S580e. Flawless leather and wood can be found on almost every conceivable surface. The cabin is even treated to an air ionization system, which pumps out a signature aroma.
2 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Features Automatic Doors
Rear-seat passengers in the Maybach S580e don’t even need to expend effort opening their own doors. An option known as Comfort Doors integrates an electrically operated opening and closing mechanism into the rear doors.
Users are provided with multiple ways of operating the feature. From a simple press of the key fob to a pressure switch in the roof lining, and even MBUX-facilitated gesture control. The feature is especially useful for chauffer drivers, who can also operate the system from the comfort of the front seat.
1 The Mercedes-Maybach S580e Is Available With Optional Two-Tone Paint
One of the most striking aspects of the Maybach S-Class is its optional two-tone paint. In order to enhance the visual impact, the paint is finished with a dividing line between the two colors. In line with the vehicle’s luxury credentials, the paint job is completed by hand in a custom paint shop.
Such is the attention to detail, the car’s doors are weighted prior to masking the dividing line. This ensures that upon completion, the crisp line is exactly the same level across both the body and doors.