Brabus has worked its magic before on the latest-generation Mercedes S-Class, but this is the first time the German tuner has managed to get its hands on the stretched Maybach version. It's called the "600 Masterpiece" (yes, really) and is based on the S580 4Matic with the V8. Curiously, the cheap-looking engine cover shows the company's logo flanked by two large V12 logos that are reserved for the flagship S680 model.
Looking positively sinister, the amped-up luxury sedan has gained a subtle body kit with carbon fiber components featuring either a glossy or matte finish to go along with the darkened chrome elements. Brabus says these aftermarket parts are more than just for show as they play a functional role. For example, the front spoiler lip was perfected in the wind tunnel to reduce front-axle lift and better route the airflow to the front brakes and radiators.
At the back, a carbon diffuser has two large cutouts for the generously sized rectangular tips belonging to a custom sports exhaust. The murdered-out Maybach S-Class rides on the tuner's well-known Monoblock wheels, measuring a stately 22 inches while featuring a dark chrome look. These new shoes come wrapped in 265/35 ZR22 front and meaty 305/30 ZR22 rear Pirelli P Zero tires. The engineers from Bottrop have also brought the extra-long saloon closer to the road by 20 millimeters (0.8 inches) after tinkering with the air suspension.
As its name implies, the 600 Masterpiece has had its twin-turbo V8 engine massaged to deliver 600 PS, which works out to 591 hp (441 kW). With an immense peak torque of 590 lb-ft (800 Nm), the upgraded Maybach S-Class now reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) from rest in only four and a half seconds. Flat out, the high-end limo reaches an electronically capped 155 mph (250 km/h).
The real highlight is noticeable from the moment you open the doors as Brabus has draped the car's interior in its finest leather, featuring a striking turquoise finish. It extends onto the floor mats and headliner while the generous carbon fiber treatment continues inside, even for the pedals with their rubber dots to avoid slippage.