Of the hundreds of makes and models on display at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman is already winning the hearts and minds of most attendees. Forbes Magazine awarded it one of the top 10 cars of the show, and it somehow takes up 2 of Bloomberg Business’s exclusive positions in the top 15 most thrilling cars.
This beautiful addition to the Mercedes S-Class family adds a breadth of new features, pushing it to the top echelon of the world’s most outrageously lavish cars. Only the wealthiest clientele could ever hope to afford it–the price range equals that of a Santa Monica condo–making it one of the most exclusive luxury vehicles in the market.
The release of the Pullman coincides with the 50th anniversary of the legendary 1965 Maybach Pullman 600; so there’s a significant amount of history here. As you can see from the images, the look and feel of the car is very different, but the reputation is still unmatched.
In comparison to Mercedes-Benz’s other current models; the Pullman is more luxurious than the S-Class and longer than the Maybach S-Class (coming in at around 6.5 meters long).
The masterful engineering and design is observable in every feature of the car. Power for the Pullman comes from Merc’s whopping 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 with 530PS (523hp) and 830Nm (612 lb-ft) of peak torque at 1,900 rpm.
Standard features include an extremely roomy leather upholstered interior. Everything from the seats and the doors to the roof, the door-frames and the seat consoles are lined with fine leather. There are four seats facing each other, and there’s an electrically-operated partition window featuring an 18.5-inch (47 cm) extendable monitor.
An immense array of customizable add-ons are available. According to Mercedes, it offers an “unrivalled scope for individualization.” In our humble opinion, the best upgrade feature is by far the legendary Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system. Audio critics have dubbed it the best car audio system in the world, and for good reason.
According to the The Burmester® website:
The High-End 3D Surround–Soundsystem provides its unrivalled listening experience by virtue of 24 high-performance speakers and 24 separate amplifier channels with a total output of 1.540 watts. At the same time an intelligent combination of analogue and digital amplifier technologies leads to a particularly fine and natural sound together with high performance reserves. While sophisticated analogue filter settings allow the best possible fine reproduction in the mid-range and treble frequencies, the digital amplifier – despite its compact dimensions – masters the highest dynamic peaks. The result is outstanding sound resolution and fine acoustic detail, combined with impressive impulse reproduction. This provides a rounded, warm and substantial sound experience founded on an impressive bass range.
The new, three-dimensional listening experience provided by the 3D-Sound and created by the Burmester speakers integrated into the vehicle roof is unique. In addition to the two speakers in the overhead console, another speaker is accommodated in the overhead control panel. A 3D–Sound algorithm was developed specifically for the Mercedes–Benz S–Class to create the unique listening experience made possible by these overhead speakers. The aim of the developers was to add a subtle spatial effect to the outstanding listening experience.
Audiophiles with a penchant for high-class luxury vehicles would be hard pressed to ignore this beautiful piece of German engineering. And with a sound system like this, you might as well be driving in the New York Metropolitan Opera.