What is going on here?
What car would you take to the Nürburgring for a track day? For this Mercedes-Benz test driver, it appears they love spending a day at the Ring piloting a Maybach S-Class. Why is Mercedes-Benz testing out an ultra-luxury sedan around the Nürburgring even though owners will never take their chauffer-friendly luxury barges to a track? We have a few theories.
The upcoming Maybach S-Class was recently teased with the upcoming celebration of 100 years of Maybach. This unique ultra-long Maybach S-Class code-named the Z223 will feature a rarity in modern car manufacturing, a true V12 engine.
So why take a Maybach S-Class to the Nürburgring? We believe they’re testing out their new V12 engine that needs to handle extreme conditions. With the V12 engine absent from most of the Mercedes-Benz lineup their choices for test cars are limited, which is why a long-wheelbase Maybach S-Class is lapping the Nürburgring with some frequency.
We expect the Maybach S-Class to feature a turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine that will produce an excess of 650 horsepower and enough torqued to pull a cargo ship through the Panama Canal. This dying breed of V12 powered luxury sedan is becoming a rarity in this age of electric vehicles and hybrids which makes the Maybach S-Class all the more special and worth discussing. For the full story, check out this article from Motor 1.