V-12–Powered 2022 Mercedes-Maybach S680 Sits atop S-Class Lineup

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The V-12 version of the latest Maybach S-Class is here. It's now called the S680.
Like the previous S650, it has a 6.0-liter V12 engine with two turbochargers and 621 hp.
The S680 will go on sale in 2022 and should cost over $ 200,000.
The epochs of the auto industry don't shift like gears, but mix like oil pans. Manufacturers are polishing both their green credentials and plans for the electric future, while at the same time releasing some of the final and greatest products of the combustion era - like this one, the Mercedes-Maybach S680.
In view of the existence of the Maybach S580 with V-8 drive, it is fair to say that nobody really needs the S680 with V-12 drive. But Mercedes obviously believes there are enough ultra-rich buyers out there who actively want more cylinders, more power, and more bootlid counts. Therefore, the powerful engine has made the transition to the new W223 generation of the S-Class. Bentley and Rolls-Royce still offer V-12s in this area. Why shouldn't Mercedes do that?
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The mighty 6.0-liter V-12 with two turbochargers was taken directly from the Maybach S650 of the previous generation. Peak power and torque - 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet - are unchanged, but like its V-8 sibling, the S680 now has 4Matic all-wheel drive as standard to bring this to the road without drama (the final V-12 S -). Class was only rear-wheel drive). Unlike the S580, the S680 doesn't have 48-volt hybrid assistance, and although Mercedes' official 4.4-second claim from 0 to 60 mph is two-tenths faster than the number the company claims for the S580, Any attempt to check this number is likely to deserve a severe reprimand from the back seat or a kick from a gold-tipped stick.
Like the V-8 model, the S680 also has rear-wheel steering as standard to improve agility and reduce the turning circle. The rear axle can be up to 4.5 degrees or 10 degrees. (After experiencing the 10 degree system in a non-Maybach S-Class in Germany, we can confirm that the car feels much smaller and more agile at low speeds.)
Buyers can choose a two-tone paint job to differentiate the S680 from the usual S-Class. There are ten contrasting finishes available. Other distinguishing features are the unique grille and stainless steel trim for the lower intake, side skirts and rear bumper. The overall effect seems to be helping billionaires make millionaires jealous.
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The cabin is accordingly special. Ultra-soft nappa leather can be found everywhere, including for the dashboard, the headliner and even the sun visors. The rear compartment owes more private jets than normal sedans with reclining seats with leg rests. Almost anything that can be moved is powered, and the panoramic sunroof and rear sunshades can be properly triggered by simply waving a hand. Any surface that can be heated, cooled, or used for massage can also perform these functions. Buyers with lazy chauffeurs can even specify electrically operated back doors that can be opened or closed from the driver's seat. And yes to the most important question: it is possible to specify silver-plated champagne flutes and a refrigerator.
The Mercedes-Maybach S680 will go on sale in the first half of 2022 and will almost certainly be the last new car to be launched by Mercedes with a V-12 engine. We'll have to wait to find out how much of an addition it will carry over the S580, but we can safely assume the base price will be over $ 200,000.
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