This month, Mercedes’ Maybach brand revealed its S-Class sedan for 2021. Last year, the marque produced two models in the range—the S 650 and the S 560—but it appears that for 2021 there will be but one sedan model. We just saw the reveal of the 2021 GLS 600 SUV last month; at $162K base, it seems that body style is forecasted to generally outsell the sedan by leaps and yards, if Mercedes’ marketing prognostication is on the money. Most of the S 580s produced will likely be headed to China.
The lone Maybach sedan packs a V8 producing 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 S 650, by comparison, sported a V12 producing 621 HP and 738 lb-ft of torque, while the V8-equipped 2020 S 560’s essential powertrain numbers registered at 463 and 516, respectively. So Mercedes wrung as much as possible out of the 4L M176 gas-burner to account for what has been surrendered with the lack of a V12. The engine can still get the car to 60 in around 4.5 seconds, which ain’t bad time for a 6,000-pound leviathan.
The interiors are as plushly coddling as one might expect. Aside from specialized luxury options that include a set of silver-plated champagne flutes and reclining, massaging rear armchairs, the cabin is loaded with Designo upholstery in a wide variety of choices, exotic wood trim, twin rear infotainment screens, and a 30-speaker audio system.
Mercedes hasn’t revealed pricing information for the Maybach S 580. But for 2020, the S 560 and S 650 base stickered around $170K and $203K, respectively.