The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 contains a 6 litre 528BPH V12 engine, powering it from 0-62MPH in just 5 seconds. Despite having an awful lot of oomph, Mercedes claim that it's the quietest production car on the road, with the entire car tweaked to this purpose - there are foam filled tyres, there's improved sound deadening in the front and rear bulkheads, and it's stiffer overall.
The powerhouse is coupled with a seven speed gearbox, and performance is further enhanced by a Sport button for both suspension and gearbox - should your chauffeur feel a little frisky. Included in the package is Magic Body Control, which tweaks the car's settings according to the road surface and conditions, ensuring you have total ride comfort.
Speaking of the ride, the car may weigh 2335kg, but you'll never feel it - sit in the back of this car and you won't experience anything but smoothness and speed, if you can be bothered to look outside, of course.
One of the key differences that Mercedes have made to the Maybach is the length - it's 207mm longer than the long-wheelbase version of the S Class, meaning that you'll have more than enough legroom to play with. You're guaranteed privacy, too, thanks to the blacked out windows and the re-profiled rear headrests that are now positioned behind the door cut-out. The car's exterior features elegant chrome B pillars, both Maybach and V12 lettering, and a double chrome strip in the lower area of the rear bumper. The V12 tailpipes are also integrated into this bumper, giving the car a powerful appearance.
Look through the car's extensive sunroof, which can be made transparent or opaque depending on your mood, and you'll discover a world of luxury inside the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 we have for hire.
Cupholders are an important part of any car, so we'll start with those. The rear of this Mercedes-Maybach S 600 comes with cupholders that are a bit more intelligent than most - they glow blue when they're cooling a drink, and red when they're keeping it warm. If you, like most of us, are suddenly envisioning yourself sat in the back with a cool glass of champagne, then you'll be pleased to know that this car also comes with silver-plated champagne flutes by Robbe & Berking, which are nestled in their own special armrest.
So that's the drinks sorted. What else? Well, to set the mood further you'll need the Burmester 3D audio system, which has 24 speakers and a 1540 watt total output. It's so good, you might mistake this roomy car for a miniature concert hall. Don't worry about disturbing your chauffeur with the impromptu gig, however, as the cabin is nicely soundproofed - although there is a button handy for when you need to address the driver through the intercom.
The lighting is also pretty impressive, offering everything from bright, at-work options to something a little more seductive. You can also literally control the atmosphere in the car thanks to the Mercedes Air-Balance system, which pumps through an Agarwood scent prepared by the company's in-house perfumier. With all these extra touches, it's easy to forget about essentials - like seats. Fortunately Mercedes haven't, and the Maybach features some pretty cosy places to rest your rear. The plush quilted leather seats recline to an inordinately comfortable degree, and if you're feeling stressed then the 24 separate motors in the seats' heated massage system should adequately relieve your tension. The usual raft of Mercedes safety features are in place, including an airbag built into the rear seat cushion, to ensure you remain in the best possible position in the event of a crash. It might also be handy to restore you to the upright position should you have quaffed too much chilled champagne.
This car is the perfect choice for those seeking some under-the-radar luxury, although you'll certainly get some admiring looks from those in the know. It really will deliver everything you need from a chauffeur car, whether that's power and performance or comfort and space. It's also, dare we say it, simply an experience to be savoured. From the moment you step inside, to the first time you activate the massage seat or hold an exquisitely crafted silver champagne flute, you can't help but feel utterly pampered.