Mercedes-Maybach has unveiled its latest ultra long-wheelbase limousine, fit for celebrities, heads-of state and despot dictators alike. The facelifted S-Class Pullman follows in the footsteps of its lesser stablemates with small upgrades, both inside and out, designed to deliver an even more luxurious experience.
The car rides on classic 10-hole, 20-inch alloy wheels as before – in fact, exterior upgrades are essentially limited to the new nose and a range of two-tone paint finishes.
Power still comes from a twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 engine, now making 463kW and 1000Nm of torque. Those are big numbers, but the sheer size of the Pullman – it's 6.5 metres long! – means they're only good for a 6.5-second sprint to 100km/h.
Fuel consumption is predictably poor, with a claimed 14.6L/100km figure on the combined cycle.
The upshot of the car's size is rear-passenger space, and lots of it. As is typical of Pullman limousines, there's space for four passengers sitting face-to-face in the rear partition. There's also a VIP option, with two lounge chairs and all the legroom you could ever want.
Regardless of configuration, the passenger compartment is separated from the front with a sliding partition. You wouldn't want your driver overhearing anything, right? Even with the partition raised, a front-view camera and screen allows rear-seat passengers to keep an eye on traffic ahead.
Rear- and front-seat passengers can now listen to separate audio sources, thanks to the '2 cabin sound' system.
In Europe, the Pullman will be priced from "around half a million euro" – equivalent to $800,000 before taxes are taken into account.
Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the Pullman will be available for special order, should anyone want one.