From the outside, the 2017 Mercedes Maybach looks like an auto from the German car-maker's high-end S-Class -- just a little longer and swankier.
But that notion is quickly proven false upon swinging open the front and rear doors to the roughly $160,000 (or upwards of $170,000 with all the bells and whistles), 5,120 pound Maybach. The driver is greeted by an extra plush stitched seat that can quickly be heated up, cooled down or set up to offer a relaxing massage. Once firmly belted in, one can toggle through a rich array of in-dash multimedia options before cranking up the tunes on a 1,540 watt, 24-speaker Burmeister stereo. Given the Maybach's extreme quietness while on the road, the tunes belting out from the Burmeister sound system makes one feel as though they are alone listening to Mozart in a concert hall.
Had enough of enjoying the open road and want to get some work done?
Then the Maybach serves up perhaps the closest thing to an office on four wheels. As a hired driver takes over at the wheel, a person in the backseat could could have their laptop plugged into an electrical outlet while set up on a fold out tray table. Need a dose of caffeine to power through the emails?
A cup-holder is arm's length away that can keep coffee warm (or a cold beverage cold) via a touch of a button. Had enough of answering emails? Then recline the backseat in the Maybach 43 degrees, put up the leg rest, turn on a hot stone massage feature (controlled via a remote) and reach for a bottle of wine from the three-bottle wine fridge ($1,100 option).
In the end, although the Maybach isn't the most exciting to drive (it sort of floats on the road) compared to, say, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, this super luxury car is a must own for a high-powered executive that is always on the move or wants to a true status symbol parked in the driveway.
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Editors' pick: Originally published June 30.