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Mercedes-Maybach S600 is first-class transportation (pictures)

Maybach is back, and in a more attainable form than ever -- though the new S600 is still plenty exclusive.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

This is it, the 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600. It's a stretched version of the existing S-Class, with some serious augmentation where it counts: the interior.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

Still, the exterior looks the part, with a massive, chrome grille up front.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

Behind that grille is a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V12 putting down 523 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

The interior is opulent from all angles, with leather on virtually every surface and an almost complete lack of plastics.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

The center console uses Mercedes' latest COMAND system.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

The controller is located between the front seats, but using an app the owner of the car can control virtually the entire interior from the back seat.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

And here it is, the most important seat in the car. It reclines fully, has a desk that pops out of the center console and is very, very comfortable.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

From the rear, you can see the cutout window in the C-pillar, a defining visual element of this new model.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

Sweeping LED taillights.

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Mercedes-Maybach S600

And massive chrome wheels covering similarly large, cross-drilled brakes. It's quite a package, and it's coming in the spring of 2016. No pricing has been announced, but expect it to start somewhere around $200,000 in the US.

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