Price (as tested) 💲: $212,050
Powertrain ⚙️: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8
Output 💪: 496 hp/516 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 9-speed automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 4.4 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 130 mph
MPG (as tested) ⛽️: 16 city/24 hwy/19 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 5,152 lbs
Maybach is not a new name in the automotive world. Founded by Wilhelm Maybach in 1909, the car company produced large luxury vehicles in the pre-war years before it was acquired by Daimler Mercedes-Benz in the 1960s. Maybach remained dormant for decades until Mercedes-Benz launched the independent ultra-luxury marque in 2003. A decade of weak sales lead Mercedes-Benz to shelve the brand once again in 2013 before relaunching it in 2015 as “Mercedes-Maybach”.
The current luxury brand competes directly with exclusive manufacturers like Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Following the launch of the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, the automaker introduced a duo of new S-Class derivatives: the S 580 and S 680. To distinguish itself from the standard S-Class, this Mercedes-Maybach S 580 has a longer wheelbase, available two-tone paint jobs, and numerous bespoke features.
In this in-depth review of its exterior, interior, and driving dynamics, Miles pits the Mercedes-Maybach S 580 against the Rolls-Royce Ghost and Bentley Flying Spur V8 to see which is the poshest sedan for both drivers and passengers.