Reviewed: inside the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
I dislike plans because they go wrong all the time so when I go to car shows I don't have a plan. What I do is I simply start walking and stop to look at whatever car I like the most. I inquire with the media people, ask for a test drive when available, take a look at the car from the inside and the outside, takes pictures, videos. The usual stuff.
I know each car will take a few minutes or more depending on how relevant it is for the market, and also on how interested I am in it, but one way or the other, I always know I'll have to set aside an hour or more for the Mercedes-Maybach.
I don't know why but I adore this car. I've driven the S Class but never in its Maybach version and I guess maybe that's the reason why I'm so fascinated by it. Mind you, that's probably unnecessary anyway because if you own this car, there are chances you won't drive it at all. Somebody else will do that for you.
From the outside, it looks like a regular S-Class, which means it is striking and subtle at the same time, and it is also very long and relatively wide. The Maybach is the only version of the S that's officially available with two-tone paintwork, which makes it even more beautiful.
When you climb aboard, however, things are different. It is majestic in here. I don't know what it is. I mean, there are a lot of cars out there that are even more expensive and perhaps even more refined than the Maybach S-Class. Other cars certainly have a more resounding name like Phantom or Dawn or Ghost and a more upscale badge to boast.
Having said that, for some reason, the S-Class is the S-Class. It's the king.
It has been called "the best car in the world" on more than one occasion. It had self-closing doors and electric everything in the early 1990s, when competition wasn't even on the radar and everyone else was busy building cars out of canoe building material. It was pioneering voice control and infotainment systems in the late 1990s, when most other carmakers were happy enough if they could fit electric windows.
I'm going to Geneva on March 5 and 6 so if you're around, fellow DriveTriber, pop over by the Mercedes stand for a coffee. I'll be inside the Maybach S-Class.