It used to be that if you wanted a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, your choice pretty much came down to which engine you wanted, and that was that. But into the new S-Class, Mercedes is integrating several other model lines and extending its flagship family (both literally and figuratively) as far as it will stretch.

In addition to the sedan (already available in two wheelbase lengths in certain markets, in only the longer one in ours) Mercedes is already offering the new S-Class coupe and will soon launch a convertible version as well. But that's the end of the story. Not even close. Soon it will launch two ultra-luxurious, extended-wheelbase models: one called the Maybach and one called the Pullman. It's the former which we appear to have here in this latest spy video from the Nürburgring.

Replacing the previous Maybach 57, the new S-Class Maybach is expected to be based on the S65 AMG, keeping its 621-horsepower twin-turbo V12 but adding more space in the back (as evidenced by the modified C-pillar and rear side glass) and even more upscale accommodations. That will make it even heftier as well, but as you can see from this clip, Benz is keen to keep it handling on an even keel. Expect the new Maybach to arrive sometime next year, with the Pullman to follow in the place of the previous Maybach 62.

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      Mercedes Benz is gunning for the chauffeur driven limousine lap record on the Nürburgring. 

      • 11 Months Ago

      Testing this car on the Nurburgring makes about as much sense as testing a stretched out Hummer there. It's really not the right venue to be tuning a luxobarge's suspension -- I promise you that no one is buying that car for its nimble, apex-chewing suspension. They expect a soft, ultra quiet, absolutely isolated-from-the-world ride.

      Leave it to Mercedes to make me sound like James May.,,

        ♬ I came to win ♬
        • 11 Months Ago

        It actually makes a lot of sense when it comes to testing the durability of the chassis and brakes. Also the balance of the car. And if a head of state is being transported around in this car I'm sure they'd like to know that their car is at least somewhat capable of moving quickly, in the event of danger, without crashing.

        • 11 Months Ago

        Remember Princess Di and her S-Class running from the parazzi?  That 1 didn't handle so well unfortunately...

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          Wait ... what?

          You -do- know that the driver of the S-Class was DRUNK while speeding through a narrow tunnel, right?  Ain't no car that's going to out-handle a solid cement wall.

      • 11 Months Ago

      lincoln needs something this big. 

      • 11 Months Ago

      Surely this car will be replacing the M62 not the M57. True this car is about the same length as the M57, but its wheelbase (the important figure for interior space, lengthwise anyway) is roughly the same as the Maybach 62. The outgoing S-Class' overhangs were around half a metre less than either Maybach, right. So if you build an S-Class with the same length as a Maybach 57, with 0.5m less overhangs, you should have a car with a 0.5m longer wheelbase. Maybach 57 (5.7 metres in length) plus 0.5 metres = Maybach 62 (6.2 metres)

        • 11 Months Ago

        You said it yourself: It has the same length as the Maybach 57 therefore it replaces the.....yeah...Maybach 57. In a way it replaces both the 57 and the 62 since the Pullman is a whole new configuration and quite a bit longer even.

      Plan B
      • 11 Months Ago

      Getting tuned and ready for the Grey Poupon 500

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      this monster looks like a bad cartoon on the "ring"

      • 11 Months Ago

      well, that's about the worst looking thing I've ever seen on 4 wheels :)

      • 11 Months Ago

      I will be hard to go against a Flying Spur or a Ghost.

      Winnie Jenkems
      • 11 Months Ago

      Great, but they shouldn't be calling it Maybach.
      Maybach is dead. Let it rest in peace.

      • 11 Months Ago

      I haven't heard such tortured tires since Sabine ran a diesel transporter van around the ring.  Wonder if this sled broke 10:00?

      It was karma that a Jaguar XF ad preceded the video...

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      • 9 Months Ago

      the word bloated comes to mind. looks like just a stretched version. s-class is really distancing itself from the e-class now with an entire line-up now.

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