100 years, 12 cylinders, 6 liters, 600+ horsepower.
Mercedes is celebrating a century of Maybach this week, and while that’s not exactly newsworthy, one little detail caught our attention. An image of the latest extra-long S-Class accompanies the press release talking about 100 years of luxobarge, showing an elegantly black example along with a reflection of its forbearer – the 1922 Maybach 22/70 HP W3.
Again, that’s not breaking news, but look closer on the front fender of the Z223 (the Maybach S-Class’ codename) and you’ll notice a badge that’s becoming more and more of a rarity. Yes, we are talking about the V12 logo. Mercedes has long confirmed to keep the twelve-cylinder alive for the latest-generation S-Class, and now they’re about to live up to that promise with a big-engined Maybach.
The three-pointed star is keeping details under wraps for the time being, but the flagship S-Class is expected to feature the familiar twin-turbo 6.0-liter engine. It’s likely going to carry the “S650” or “S680” badge and offer in excess of 600 horsepower sent for the first time to a 4Matic all-wheel-drive system rather than only to the rear axle. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.