2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580 First Test: Benchmark, Improved

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2021 Mercedes-Maybach S580 First Test: Benchmark, Improved

Wilhelm Maybach was a legendary engineer. He was responsible for the ever more powerful engines motivating Gottlieb Daimler’s motor cars culminating in the Daimler-Mercedes engine behind the Mercedes 35 HP, the car that would redefine the company. Before that, his Phoenix engine would set the standard for modern engine design and cement his legacy far beyond the extremely luxurious cars that would bear his name in the prewar years. And yet, it’s this fancier association, Mercedes-Benz would choose to associate with the Maybach subbrand more than 70 year after his death.

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