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Mercedes-Maybach S600 launched

Mercedes has taken the wraps off its new flagship limo in India. The Stuttgart marque unveiled the latest Mercedes-Maybach S600 super-limo at its performance centre in Chakan, Pune. To retail at Rs 2.6 crore, ex-showroom, Pune, the limo is powered by a 6-litre V12 petrol engine with peak power of 525bhp. The bi-turbo unit churns out 830Nm from as low as 1900rpm to offer the car a 0-100kph time of 5 seconds (claimed). Car can attain an electronically-controlled top speed of 250kph.

At the launch, outgoing Mercedes India boss, Eberhard Kern also revealed the start of local assembly of an S500 version of the Mercedes-Maybach. This will have a 4663cc V8, same as the ‘regular’ S-Class with figures of 454bhp and 700Nm. Although power figures are lesser, the reduced weight means the car can still do a 0-100kph drill in 5 seconds, same as the bigger-engined S600.

Of course, the Maybach S600 superiority is in the exclusive features list which even the S-Class cannot boast. The list includes rear seat belts with integrated air bags for added safety, a unique air-balance package for the climate control system with ‘Agarwood’ aroma which is unique only to a Maybach. Hand-crafted champagne flutes by Robbe & Berking silversmiths from Flensburg, Germany is another exclusive touch. If you thought a panoramic sun-roof is a thing to boast about, the Maybach S600 has one which can change colour at the touch of a button to alter the lighting inside the cabin. Typically, they call it Magic Sky Control.

The Merc-Maybach S600 is big. How big? 207mm longer than a long-wheelbase S-Class. All this thanks to the extension between the B and C pillars to cater to its rear passengers. Most optional S-Class features will come as standard in this car. Standard equipment list includes the AIRMATIC suspension, nappa leather upholstery, Burmester 3D surround system, night view assist plus and seven colour ambient lighting.

Additionally, Merc will obviously offer customisation options. There is an extensive list of wood, leather and colour trims to choose from. Plus there will be various comfort packages which include seats with folding tables and refrigerated compartments.

The launch was also the last for outgoing MD & CEO, Eberhard Kern. Named BBC TopGear Magazine India’s Man of the Year, earlier this year, for his contribution to the resurgence of the brand in India, Kern looked visibly emotional. “The last three years have been the most enriching for me, both professionally and personally” said Kern, who moved from Mercedes-Benz Russia three years ago and now goes to head a part of the European business that includes Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands. Roland S Folger, who moves from Malaysia to take over the India role was also present at the Maybach S600 launch but said he was “more of a guest today at Eberhard Kern’s office”.

Mercedes-Benz has already sold out its quota of Maybach S600s marked for India this year and will now concentrate on rolling out more S500 models for customers. The first India-made Maybach S500 was also rolled out today at Chakan.

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