The unveiling of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman might well be the biggest automotive news of 2015. And we mean that literally.
The ultra-luxurious Rolls Royce Phantom rival is huge, dwarfing almost any other car on sale today, particularly when it comes to length. With a distance of 6,499mm between front and rear bumpers, the Pullman is 1,053mm longer than the (already stretched) Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, and 500mm longer than a the aforementioned Phantom.
To use an alternative unit of measurement, at 6.5 metres, it is almost 2.5 Smart ForTwos long. The teeny two-seat city car can almost complete a u-turn within the extremities of the Pullman. It’s even able to out stretch Mercedes’ commercial vehicles – it’s 5cm longer than a long wheelbase Sprinter van.
As you’d expect from something so vast, cabin space is second to none. Within the 4,418mm wheelbase – a figure marginally longer than an entire Ford Focus – fits one of the most opulent cabins money can buy. The wide back doors open to reveal a four seat rear cabin, with two rearward facing chairs whose seat squabs can fold away when not in use. Everything is trimmed in leather. At least it is as standard – buyers have access to endless customisation possibilities, in order to make every single Pullman totally unique. Even the Burmester 3D surround sound system can be tuned exclusively to suit the tastes of individual customers.
The forward facing rear seats can recline to 43.5 degrees, and calf rests can be adjusted to almost any angle or length, allowing for maximum comfort. Even the tallest of passengers won’t be wanting for space – a raised roof line results in an extra 60mm headroom, and Mercedes claim that the rear passengers possess the greatest amount of legroom of any car in the segment. And most likely any other segment.
The driver and front passenger’s seats can be separated by a retractable glass partition, in case you grow wearisome of ‘the work’ sitting up front. Also retractable is an 18-inch monitor, allowing the owner to keep up with the latest company profit/loss accounts. Three analogue gauges set into the roof lining serve as a further distraction, informing the rear passengers of outside temperature, speed and time.
The motive force of the Pullman S 600 is courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12. With a total power output of 530hp and 612lb-ft of torque, rest assured that even something as substantial as this will still pull hard enough to spill the Champagne if needs be.
The release of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman marks the 50th anniversary since the original 600 Pullman, and it seems clear that the new model aims to replicate the classic car’s money-no-object ethos. Prices start at approximately half a million Euros (or approx £370,000) with deliveries commencing early next year. If you’re feeling really unpopular, you can even specify armour plating for a little extra.