Mercedes-Benz’s self-proclaimed “best car in the world” will soon get a lot grander with the Australian arrival later this year of two new S-Class variants: the S 580 L 4MATIC and Mercedes-Maybach S 680 4MATIC.
Joining the S 450 and long wheelbase S 450 L which came in March, the S 580 L offers extra legroom, luxury and power courtesy of a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine.
Paired to a nine-speed automatic and driving all four wheels, it offers 370kW and 700Nm of torque with a mild-hybrid system adding 15kW and 200Nm of boost for short intervals when needed.
The engine is available only with the long wheelbase, which adds 110mm to the standard S-Class.
Inside, standard gear includes Nappa leather upholstery, the MBUX Augmented Reality head-up display — which projects virtual navigational directions onto the windscreen in the driver’s eyeline — and glass which reflects infrared and insulates against heat and noise on all windows.
An Active Multi-Contour seat package is also included, which uses adjustable air chambers in the front seats to fine-tune position and support and offer a variety of massage programs.
The S 580 L is priced from $329,900 plus on roads costs.
If you have a need for bigger, even more salubrious surrounds — and have deeper pockets — the Maybach S 680 4MATIC comes in at $565,800 plus on roads.
It has a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 with 463kW and 900Nm on tap, with Merc’s AIRMATIC adaptive suspension ensuring a smooth ride.
It’s also massive: its bespoke bodyshell 180mm longer than the long wheelbase S-Class and stands apart thanks to a unique grille with narrow vertical bars, 20-inch five-hole forged alloy wheels (21s are optional) and the option of two-tone paint finishes with dividing line.
The second colour is applied by hand, with the process taking up to one week.
To look after those in the back, there are electrically powered rear doors, high-pile floor mats, distinctly designed Nappa leather throughout the cabin, a seatbelt feeder usually found on coupes and convertibles, a centre-mounted tablet, TV tuner and digital radio, a Burmester 4D surround sound system, adaptive ambient lighting and more.
Chauffeurs need not miss out, with warmed seats, armrests and centre console in the front.
The driver uses a heated multifunction steering wheel crafted from polished woodgrain and Nappa leather and can enjoy standard rear wheel steering to help overcome the car’s immense size.
The interior is finished in standard high-gloss black poplar wood trim, with the centre console in crystal-look black.