The Germans are really into the whole uber-SUV thing, and now there’s the new Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 to consider too, if you have $200,000 or so to spare…
Mere hours after the Brits launched the new Aston Martin DBX in Beijing, down south in Guangzhou the Germans presented the Chinese with yet another uber-SUV option.
The new Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 has more than just a Chinese sugar daddy in common with the Aston – both SUVs feature a Mercedes-AMG developed 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, since Gaydon has a deal for Mercedes-AMG engines. It’s long since the economic sense of commoditised goods has reached the luxury market as well. It’s no longer just cheap crap that all gets made in the same factories.
Weighing in at nearly 2.8-tonnes ready-to-run, the Maybach beats the Aston silly when it comes to a good old fashioned size-off. The big Maybach is over 5.2 metres long and has a turning circle of 12.5 metres so you’d better have a big driveway. The wheels on this thing are 23 inches in diameter. A commercial semi truck comes in half an inch poorer. Remember 15 years ago when Nas and 50 Cent rapped about 22s? Man, the 2000s were so lame.
The big deal with the big Maybach is obviously loads of leather, and active air suspension to keep the ride silky smooth despite the super low-profile tyres. The car adapts to its speed by lowering or raising the suspension, and it drops down once you come to a stop and open the door to make climbing in and out of this glitzy truck a little less arduous.
The other big deal is two-tone paintwork which Mercedes-Maybach seems to like a lot since they’re offering eight different combinations as optional choices exclusively for this GLS 600.
While there are no autocratic V12s to be found anywhere, the ubiquitous 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 in the latest Maybach still serves up nearly 560 horsepower and 730Nm fo torque from 2,500rpm which is enough to propel this SUV from rest to 100km/h in under five seconds. Top speed is responsibly limited to 250km/h because slowing down this much SUV is harder than accelerating it.
If you want a 2020 Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, set aside roughly $200,000 just to get started before you delve into the personalisation options.