The 2021 Shanghai Auto Show is last week’s news, but in the multitude of premieres, one managed to slip away – until now. This is the new 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S480 and is exclusive to the Chinese market, though some believe that it might actually launch in the West as the S450.
Why the S450 and not the S480? That’s because it uses the same engine as the Benz S-Class, namely a 3.0-liter gasoline unit with mild hybrid assistance. It generates a combined output of 362 HP (367 PS / 270 kW) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque in both cars.
However, due the difference in size and weight, the Maybach S480 is slightly slower than the S450 in the 0-62 mph (100 km/h), with 5.8 seconds compared to S450’s 5.1 seconds. The new six-cylinder Maybach has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), and it returns the equivalent of 27.5 mpg US (8.56 l/100 km).
As you can expect, there is nothing entry-level about the new Maybach S480, because it’s still bathed in the finest materials available and comes with everything required from a luxury sedan. The model is listed on the official website from RMB 1,458,000, which equals to $224,655 at the current exchange rates, and it is the only Maybach S-Class available in China at the moment. Nevertheless, it is understood to be joined by S580 and S650 variants, which have a 496 HP twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 and a 621 HP bi-turbo 6.0-liter V12 respectively.
The new Maybach S-Class will arrive in the U.S. this summer, in the V8-powered spec, with an MSRP of $184,900, excluding the $1,050 destination charge.
H/T to Motor1