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2022 Mercedes-Maybach S580 Is Upper S-Class

The potential customer base for a car that can deliver the luxurious comfort of a private jet and the performance of a muscle car is probably a small one, but we should be glad that the Mercedes-Maybach S580 has it covered. With the two-tone paint scheme marking its superiority over the regular S-Class—a $14,500 option we suspect most buyers will go for—this XL sedan looks like it should be gently moving A-listers between red carpets. Still, it’s brutally quick when unleashed, even if it would probably cause backseat passengers to spill their champagne (from their Maybach-branded flutes).

How fast? During testing, the Maybach S580 blasted its way from zero to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, from rest to 100 mph in 10 seconds flat, and through the quarter mile in just 12.6 seconds. The V-8 Bentley Flying Spur is slightly quicker, but it’s also more obviously aimed at those driving themselves rather than lounging in the back. The Maybach feels like a luxury yacht with the punch of a speedboat—and the upcoming S680, with its 621-hp V-12, should be even faster.

Still, even the most demanding plutocrat will find it hard to feel shortchanged by the S580 and its 496-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. Performance is delivered without drama—full throttle delivers an exhaust note that sounds like it’s coming from several towns away. Under more respectful use, the engine is almost silent, with the Maybach’s cabin very quiet at cruising speeds. We recorded 64 decibels on a 70-mph cruise, and Maybach’s active noise cancellation effectively suppresses low-frequency road rumble and makes the cabin seem even quieter. The low ambient noise also provides a seamless auditory background for the excellent 30-speaker Burmeister sound system.

HEIGHTS: Strong performance, excellent comfort and refinement, luxurious rear cabin.

From the driver’s seat, there are no obvious differences between the Maybach and the regular Mercedes S-Class. Both cars share the same controls and displays, with a 12.3-inch display for the instruments that has 3-D rendering. Some of us loved the effect, others immediately switched it back to 2-D. The large 12.8-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard runs the same MBUX UI system as lesser Mercs—and suffers from the same usability issues. It does become easier to understand with prolonged use, but the need to interact with the screen to adjust heating and ventilation settings requires you to take your eyes off the road. Both the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur have physical controls that feel much nicer.

It’s when you move to the rear that the Maybach becomes truly special, combining the room of an extended-wheelbase S-Class – 7.1 inches longer than the regular car – with plush trim. Our test car got the kind of fully-optioned workout we suspect few Maybach buyers will be able to resist, albeit one that took its asking price to nearly $230,000.

The score is bolstered by the top-grade MANUFAKTUR leather package ($8,000), a behind-the-seat refrigerator with two built-in champagne flutes ($4,300), and the Executive Rear Seat Plus package, which brings two individually adjustable chairs with folding airline seats. style tables in the center console, as well as heated and cooled cup holders ($6,000). It also had power-operated rear doors, removing the cumbersome requirement to physically open and lift them ($1350).

2022 mercedes maybach s580

Andy Hedrick|Car and Driver

The driving experience is clearly suited for chauffeur. The Maybach feels bigger and heavier than it really is, with the soft suspension settings and light steering encouraging soft handling. As in the regular S-Class, there are switchable dynamic modes, including a new Maybach one that’s effectively a Comfort Plus setting, which delivers some truly fierce progress.

Our test car also had the $6,500 option of the E-Active body control system, which brings active anti-roll and a Curve dynamic mode that actually leans the car into a corner to reduce perceived lateral forces, although the bike impression the driver’s seat felt strange. The S580 was impressive over rougher road surfaces, but seemed to struggle to digest freeway expansion joints, bumping over those in a manner befitting its price.

Although it offers little encouragement for spirited driving, even in Sport mode, it’s possible to drive the Maybach S580 along at an impressive pace. Our test car rode on Pirelli all-season run-flat tires, which allowed for 0.91g of skidpad grip—completely respectable for a large luxury sedan. Pushed beyond these limits, the Maybach defaults to soft understeer, with no sense of the four-wheel drive system’s alleged torque bias in the rear. More impressive is the low-speed maneuverability enabled by the rear-wheel steering, which helps thread the car through gaps and pull off tight U-turns. Braking performance was respectable at 185 feet from 70 mph, though that’s 17 feet longer than the Flying Spur V-8 managed, also on all-season tires.

LOW: Big premium over regular S-class, clunky UI system, expensive options.

The Maybach’s 48-volt hybrid system doesn’t add significantly to performance, but it boosts fuel economy, with a respectable 18 mpg EPA overall rating that translates to 15 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. We averaged 19 mpg in mixed driving.

2022 mercedes maybach s580

Andy Hedrick|Car and Driver

While the Bentley Flying Spur is more athletic, and the similarly sized but more expensive Rolls-Royce Ghost projects more VVIP presence, the Mercedes-Maybach S580 feels like a completely justified addition to the top of the luxury-sedan segment. It builds on the strengths of the already excellent S-Class, albeit at a significant premium. Just make sure you specify the exclusive two-tone paint, so onlookers don’t think you settled for the plain Benz.

Specifications

Specifications

2022 Mercedes-Maybach S580 4Matic
Vehicle type: front engine, four-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $185,950/$227,900
Options: Obsidian Black upper and MANUFAKTUR Diamond White lower paint, $14,500; MANUFAKTUR leather package, $8000; E-active body control, $6500; executive first class 4-seat configuration with folding rear tables, heated and cooled rear cup holders, $6000; refrigerator rear console and Maybach champagne flutes, $4300; rear electric convenience doors, $1350; Piano lacquer flowing lines interior trim, $1300

ENGINE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 243 inches33982 cm3
Power: 496 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

TRANSMISSION
9-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.6-in ventilated disc/14.2-in ventilated disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero All Season Run Flat
255/40R-20 101H M+S Extra Load MOE-S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 133.7 inches
Length: 215.3 inches
Width: 75.6 inches
Height: 59.4 inches
Passenger volume: 127 feet3
Hull volume: 12 feet3
Curb weight: 5422 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.1 sec
100 mph: 10.0 sec
1/4-mile: 12.6 sec @ 112 mph

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.3 sec. away.
Acceleration, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 2.7 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.6 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 128 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 185 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-ft Skid road: 0.91 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 19 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 18/15/24 mpg

C/D TEST EXPLAINED


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