Every now and again, an automotive tuning specialist will tackle a Mercedes-Maybach model. Using such a model as a tuning foundation might be considered the stuff of an Icarus talk therapy session, but the companies that derive revenue with such revisionary packages generally manage to find areas for improvement while remaining respectful to the spirit of a hand-made car.
Mansory is the latest company to take on a Maybach. The package the firm came up with for the ultimate S-Class looks restrained — the example used for the photo shoot retains the signature Maybach two-tone paint scheme, and shows little in the way of add-on pretention — while pulling additional power out of the series’ engines.
The kits cover both Maybach models, the S 580 and S 680. Those familiar with Mansory’s house style won’t be surprised to hear that the company’s PowerBox ECU is part of the equation, or that a new exhaust system is involved; these primary powertrain refinements bring the output of the 580’s V8 to 600 horsepower, while the 680’s V12 moves up to 720 horsepower. That’s a roughly 100-horsepower gain for both. Torque for both gets bumped up about 80 pound-feet.
Cabin alterations to the Maybach S-Class cars courtesy of Mansory include inlays, sport pedals and wheel, and customization options ad infinitum. Outside, a host of carbon fiber parts can be ordered, including splitter, skirts, diffuser, and spoilers, while a staggered set of wheels with a 1.5-inch differential are installed.