Daily Driver: 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600

Daily Driver videos are micro-reviews of vehicles in the Autoblog press fleet, featuring impressions from the staffers that drive them every day. Today’s Daily Driver features the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600, reviewed by Adam Morath and Greg Migliore.

You can watch the video above or read a transcript below. Watch more Autoblog videos at /videos.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

Adam: [00:00:03] Hi, I’m Adam Morath for Autoblog and I busted out the bowtie for today’s Daily Driver because we are in a 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600. Now, this is like the S-Class on caviar. They’ve taken one of the most refined vehicles in the world, dropped a V12 under the hood and added tons of content, but it’s also one of the rare examples where the best place for review the car is not from the drivers’ seat. I’m going to kick it back to my associate,

[00:30:00] Greg Migliore to tell you a little bit more about this car.

Greg: All right, well thanks, Adam. It’s really great to be rolling around in Birmingham with my footmen… I mean co-worker, Adam. I’m in the back of the S600 here. This Maybach is spectacular in so many ways back here. I’m really up to my elbows, up to my waist in heated leather. Everything here is heated. It’s a really, really, bespoke setting. Now, it’s almost 3:00. I think, you know, happy hour is near. I could go for a drink.

[00:01:00] The Maybach has you covered. Pop this right down, you’re going to pull this out right here where my liquor is chilling and there is a nice faster right here in the center console where you can put your goblet down and these prongs stick out and wrap around the stem of the base, so you know, if Adam hits a bump here, hey, I’m cool, it’s no problem. Now, while I’m back here, there’s so many things I can do. There’s a tablet in front of me.

[00:01:30] There’s a remote control, light very aerodynamic if there is such a thing for a remote. I’m going to tune up the radio here, put on some, I think I’ll tune up the symphony hall, because that is what is appropriate in this vehicle. I can also queue up a massage if I would like. All jokes aside though. The Maybach is big business for Mercedes. They brought this name back recently because there’s a different sort of value than just a standard S class and that actually allows them to capitalize

[00:02:00] on a pretty lucrative market. It starts at about $190 and I can tell you for sure this is not an entry level car, so I’m sure we’re looking at over $200, in that range, but you get a lot. Obviously, all the inside creature comforts are downright decadent. You’ve got a V12 underneath the hood with more than 500 horsepower and more than 600 power-feet of torque. That’s a beast. It’s a big car. It’s a little barge like. That’s still a big engine. I can’t think of that many V12′s left on the market.

[00:02:30] Of course, you can get one in the S 65 AMG and there’s a lot of other exotic vehicles that offer it, but you don’t see too many in a sedan, if you will. All right, so that’s our daily driver in the Mercedes-Maybach S600. Really enjoyed it and toss it back to Adam, who is at the wheel.

Adam: All right, Greg. Thanks for that. I think it’s just about time that maybe we trade places. For Autoblog, and Greg Migliore, I’m Adam Morath. [00:03:00]

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2015 Chinese Grand Prix shines bright sun on the dark days of racing

Yes, we tuned into the Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai China to see a race. But we all know we really tuned in to see if Ferrari, or any other team, could make it a competitive race with Mercedes-AMG Petronas. Based on qualifying, things didn’t get off the best of starts: Lewis Hamilton made it four-out-of-four at the front, leading all three Free Practice sessions and then taking pole position in his Mercedes. Nico Rosberg is making the most of his time in the simulator, getting closer to Hamilton as the months go by. This time he lined up in second, just 0.042 in arrears.

Ferrari did its best to temper expectations after Malaysia. Even though Sebastian Vettel qualified in third, almost a second behind Hamilton, the Scuderia’s race pace is still considered a danger. Kimi Räikkönen‘s final hot lap went sour in Turn 3 and dropped the Finn to sixth place on the grid. In between the Ferraris, Williams is another team desperately working to maintain its advantage, and both of its drivers capitalized on Räikkönen’s misfortune. Felipe Massa took fourth, Valtteri Bottas was in fifth.

Daniel Ricciardo led the Infiniti Red Bull Racing charge in seventh, ahead of Romain Grosjean in the Lotus earning a spirits-lifting eighth. The two Saubers continue to show how good the Ferrari engine is, with Felipe Nasr taking ninth position and teammate Marcus Ericsson in tenth.

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Yet when the lights went out, so did the racing, for the most part. At the end of the first lap, because of some excellent moves by Räikkönen on both Williams’ and a terrible start by Ricciardo that dropped him to seventeenth, the order was Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Räikkönen, Massa, Bottas, Grosjean, Nasr, Ericsson, and Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus rounding out the top ten. At the end of the race, the only positions that had changed were the final two: Ricciardo had a laps-long battle with Ericsson, passing, getting repassed, then passing again to take ninth for good, with Ericsson finishing tenth. Maldonado suffered the worst in a battle with Jenson Button in the McLaren, when Button misjudged the entry into Turn 1 for a pass and clouted the back of the Lotus. Button was able to finish but Maldonado had to retire.

Yes, there were some decent moments in between, like Bottas getting by Massa at the start, then Räikkönen getting past Massa in the first few corners and the Finn’s move on Bottas also letting Massa through. Räikkönen would make a charge to try to catch up to teammate Vettel ‘s near the end of the 56-lap race, but that came to naught because of the safety car coming out on Lap 54.

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That happened because of the poor Renault luck that befell rookie wunderkind Max Verstappen again – he retired in Australia with a blown engine after some impressive on-track passing, and did the same in China, coming to a halt on the pit straight. That called for the safety car while the marshals played bumper car with the Toro Rosso and the pit wall, and the race finished – only for the fifth time in history – with a bunched-up parade down the front straight. Renault told Red Bull not to expect any race wins this year, but with Ricciardo having to change his engine the morning of the race and Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat blowing an engine early in the race, Renault should have told both Red Bull teams not to expect anything this year except engine penalties. Red Bull alone has been through a total of six power units so far this year, and we’ve only finished the third race. The limit before penalties is eight power units.

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The only other interesting facets of the race happened over the radio. Hamilton, leading the race and on the soft tire, was trying to make his Pirellis last longer than they’d gone all weekend. He slowed down to manage his rubber, and that slowed Rosberg down as the German was also managing his rubber and didn’t want to push to pass Hamilton. Rosberg told the team Hamilton was going too slow, the team told him to speed up, which he did, but not quickly enough or fast enough to please Rosberg, who complained afterward that Hamilton compromised his race. Hamilton replied that it wasn’t his job to watch out for Nico’s race.

That incident also showed that although Ferrari kept Mercedes honest, Vettel never falling more than seven seconds behind, Mercedes rediscovered its whopping advantage on a hot track. When Hamilton sped up before his pit in-laps, his lap time fell by more than a second. Vettel, meanwhile, told his team that he was on the limit.

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The result gives Hamilton his second Chinese Grand Prix win in a row; he’s converted his last nine pole positions into eight wins, this is the 35th win of his career, and he’s been on the podium for ten straight races. He leads the Driver’s Championship with 68 points, ahead of Vettel with 55 and Rosberg with 51. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas one-two means it has 119 points in the Constructor’s Championship, followed by Ferrari with 79, Williams with 48, and Sauber the best of the rest with 19.

We’ll have to wait for Bahrain in one week’s time to see if the teams can mix it up more on the hot Middle East track. See you then.

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Mercedes-Benz launching midsize pickup by end of decade

Get ready for the Mercedes-Benz among pickups: Mercedes-Benz Vans to launch midsize pickup
Stuttgart, Mar 27, 2015

Expansion of product range for sustained global growth

Market for midsize pickups primed for first model from a premium manufacturer

Mercedes-Benz to enter the high-volume midsize segment before end of decade

Main markets: Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe

Stuttgart – Before the end of the decade, Mercedes-Benz will expand its product range into a promising segment by launching the first pickup from a premium manufacturer. Thanks to their versatility, all-round utility, and payload of about one metric ton, pickups are popular across the world and thus have good sales potential.

“The Mercedes-Benz pickup will contribute nicely to our global growth targets,” says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Division. “We will enter this segment with our distinctive brand identity and all of the vehicle attributes that are typical of the brand with regard to safety, comfort, powertrains, and value.”

Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, adds: “As part of our ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ strategy, the pickup is the ideal vehicle for the international expansion of our product range with a newly developed model.”

A promising segment with global scope

The midsize pickup segment is currently undergoing a transformation worldwide. More and more pickups are being used for private purposes, and commercial as well as private users are increasingly asking for vehicles that have car-like specificiations. Mercedes-Benz is the first premium manufacturer to respond to this market shift by developing its own pickup. A similar example was the successful introduction of the M-Class around 20 years ago. As the first sport utility vehicle (SUV) from a premium manufacturer, the M-Class completely redefined the segment.

The new Mercedes-Benz pickup will initially be targeted at markets in Latin America, South Africa, Australia, and Europe, all of which are posting sustained growth in this segment.

Mercedes-Benz Vans: Center of competence for commercially and privately used vehicles

The Mercedes-Benz Vans division is responsible for the new vehicle. With its many years of experience in developing, manufacturing, and marketing vehicles that are used commercially as well as privately, Mercedes-Benz Vans is ideally suited to enter the midsize pickup segment and launch a Mercedes-Benz pickup on the market for the first time in the company’s history. Current models such as the V-Class and the Vito demonstrate that Mercedes-Benz Vans has the high level of expertise to successfully serve customers from a wide variety of private and commercial sectors.

“We can perfectly serve customers looking for a vehicle that offers a high level of utility and at the same time has the comfort, safety, and design of a Mercedes-Benz passenger car,” says Mornhinweg. “We will design our brand’s first pickup according to this recipe for success.”

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