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Mercedes-Maybach S-class X222 facelift

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Product Overview

Mercedes-Maybach S-class X222 facelift is an ultra-luxury limousine in production from 2017 to 2020. While it received little cosmetic update from pre-facelift, the facelift model uses a completely different set of powertrain.
The V8 models are now powered by the new hot-vee M176 4.0L bi-turbo V8 and are called S560. This newer engine has markedly higher boost than the smoother M278 but produces no more power. One can guess that the reason it replaced the proven M278 was purely to downsize under 4.0 liters (to 3982cc to be exact) so as to get into a "forgivable" tax bracket in order not to offend activists.
The V12 models are now powered by the high-boost version of the M279 found in S65 AMG. It is marketed as S650 in most countries but S680 in China, a childish attempt to pander to the Chinese market: Surely Chinese businessmen would appreciate S666 (indeed) or S888 much more.
Pullman and security versions are available for the S650/S680 under chassis code VV222.

Ratings

What we found

Neofiliac score 91%
Pros
  • V12 model now uses the powertrain of S65 AMG
  • Good 0.27 drag coefficient
  • Somewhat understated styling
  • Superb suspension setup for comfort
Cons
  • V8 powertrain not changed for the better

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Specifications

S 560 4MATICS 560S 650

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