Mercedes-Maybach is presenting the “Edition 100” to mark its 100th anniversary and it is limited to 100 units worldwide.

Launched as a concept at the 1997 Tokyo motor show, Daimler-Chrysler predicted annual sales of 2000 cars worldwide for the resuscitated brand — half from the United States.

The trouble is these figures never eventuated and Daimler was finally forced to admit defeat in 2011, when it confirmed Maybach would cease to exist as a separate brand by 2013.

The last standalone Maybach was built in December, 2012.

Now essentially a super duper version of the Benz S-Class, the cars are targeted at the likes of the Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls-Royce Phantom.

With a wheelbase that is 180mm longer than the existing long wheelbase S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is a whopper, with a V12 engine that produces 463kW of power.

This time around it gets all-wheel drive for the first time too.

Highlights of the car include a noise-insulated, first-class rear compartment with Burmester 4D surround sound system, heat and massage functions for the seats and hi-tech screens for infotainment.

Characteristic Maybach hallmarks such as the impressive radiator grille bear the brand emblem.

The car is hand-painted in two-tone Cirrus Silver/Nautical Blue and features a special design of leather interior in Manufaktur Crystal White/Silver Grey Pearl.

The brand logo including the inscription “Edition 100” adorns the C-pillar, various stowage compartments and the illuminated panels in the interior.

The “Edition 100” lettering also adorns the wheel caps.

The wheels also shine in a new grey finish.

A car cover with the iconic double M as well as a fine handmade case made of soft crystal white or black leather in file size — made to store keys and papers — further underline the exclusivity of the edition.

In keeping with the anniversary edition, Mercedes-Maybach’s long-standing partners are also designing strictly limited special series: Licensing partner Maybach Icons of Luxury, for example, offers a diamond-studded fountain pen from the Maybach the Peak collection.

The “Edition 100” will be available in the US in the first half of 2022.

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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