By Otsile Kadiege
Following the recent launch of the new Mercedes-Maybach S 580 4Matic and S 680 4Matic in South Africa the rare and ultra-luxurious S 680 4Matic Edition 100 – one of just a hundred units worldwide – went under the hammer on the 3rd of September at Mercedes-Benz Sandton. The profits from the auction of this striking luxury saloon will be donated to Gift of the Givers Foundation.
To mark the brand’s centennial, Mercedes-Maybach has introduced the S 680 4MATIC “Edition 100” luxury saloon. Equipped with a V12 engine, the “Edition 100” celebrates the Maybach centennial in the most beautiful, refined way. Characteristic Maybach hallmarks abound, such as a bespoke radiator grille bearing the brand emblem; hand-applied paint in a classic two-tone colour scheme – high-tech silver and nautical blue – and a special design of leather interior in designo crystal white and silver grey pearl.
In addition, the brand logo including the inscription “Edition 100” adorns the pillars, various stowage compartments and the illuminated panels in the interior. The “Edition 100” lettering also adorns the hub caps. The wheels of the S-Class also shine in a new grey finish.
Equipment highlights include the noise-insulated first-class rear compartment with Burmester 4D surround sound system, heat and massage functions for the seats and high-tech screens for infotainment. Compared to the long-wheelbase version of the S-Class, the model has an 18 centimetre longer wheelbase and is equipped with all-wheel drive for the first time.
In keeping with the anniversary edition, Mercedes-Maybach’s long-standing partners have also designed strictly limited special series items. Licensing partner Maybach Icons of Luxury, for example, offers a diamond-studded fountain pen from the Maybach the Peak collection; the silver and yacht manufacturer Robbe & Berking offers a champagne flute with a specially created engraving.
With pricing starting at R3,507,000 for the S 580 4Matic and R4,454,000 for the S 680 4Matic, we think the lucky owner of the new Edition 100 S-Class had to part ways with a substantial amount of money for the ultra-exclusive luxo-barge.
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