I had the opportunity this past week to learn of the next generation of dream cars – the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 and 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S, created for customers who demand the absolute best. That’s what Mercedes is, and has always been, since its inception. Without a doubt, the peerless Maybach and AMG sub-brands, continue to take exclusivity and performance to a new level.
Make no mistake: The Mercedes-Maybach S600 and Mercedes-AMG GT S are not exactly everyday cars. For starters, there are the respective price tags. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 lists at $190,000, while the Mercedes-AMG GT S comes in at $129,900. However, other than sharing the Mercedes name and reputation, the two vehicles couldn’t be more different, but you can be certain they’ll both turn heads wherever they go.
The Mercedes-Maybach S600 is no mere Mercedes — after all, it bears the badge of the ultra-luxury label Maybach. The S600 is grand enough to carry the weight of both illustrious brands. One look will tell you this is more than another four-seater on the road. The huge grille announces itself from a block away, and the inner details live up to those high expectations. It’s actually more a limo than a sedan, with all the luxuries a passenger could want, including hot-stone-massaging leather interiors, sheepskin floor mats, a top-grade sound system, air ionization and filtration, a refrigerator, and airplane-style fold-out dining tables, to name a few.
Under the hood, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 runs on a smooth V-12 that shifts easily and comfortably. The powerful engine is paired with Mercedes’ Magic Body Control suspension and a forward-looking camera system to anticipate road issues. Your massage won’t be interrupted by any sudden jolts, let’s put it that way.
Certainly, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 goes beyond an average luxury vehicle, even by Mercedes standards, but who would buy this tank, aside from diplomats or Fortune 100 execs? The not-so-secret customer is the Chinese consumer. As the economy in China continues to grow, so do the middle and upper classes. The S600 is aimed squarely at this group, eager to show off their success. Lucky for them, Mercedes will likely extend the Maybach treatment, and the next rumored recipients are the GL SUV and E-Class, in case you’re seeking more variety in your limo choices.
However, a driver can’t live in limousines alone, and the Mercedes-AMG GT S is the roadster you want when you’re ready to let your hair down. In the same way the Mercedes-Maybach S600 flaunts its excess, so does the Mercedes-AMG GT S, albeit in a different direction. The GT S is sleek and sexy personified, and at nearly $130K, the GT S is actually on par with its competition, including the Porsche 911 and the Audi R8. Perhaps the GT S would’ve been cooler if Mercedes had kept the original gull-wing doors, but one spin behind the wheel, and you’ll have little to complain about.
Sports cars come down to specs, so here you go. The GT S goes from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds and tops out at 193 mph, via a V-8 delivering 503hp and 479 lb.-ft. of torque. Also, it delivers 16/22 mpg. (Does anyone even care about that last stat?) The real-world translation is that it drives fast and handles well. You may not navigate many hairpin turns on your daily commute, but if you did, they would be a pleasure in the GT S.
When a Mercedes C-Class or E-Class isn’t enough, more choices abound, if you can afford them. Though they aren’t for everyone, both the Mercedes-Maybach S600 and the Mercedes-AMG GT S will fulfill certain drivers’ fantasies.
No matter what your driving preference, you have to admit these are dream cars, and all the more power to you if you ever find yourself in the driver’s seat of either vehicle.
The Mercedes-Maybach offers extensive personalization options as well as all of these amazing luxury home elements – hot stone massage seats, exclusive nappa leathers, lounge-style seating, fragrancing system, and many more.
The Mercedes-AMG GT S provides outstanding performance, exciting driving pleasure, ultimate quality down to the finest detail including the “One Man, One Engine” philosophy.
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Written by Jane Emery