Over the Top Luxury: 2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom Versus 2021 Mercedes Maybach S-Class

There are common luxury cars that we see almost every day: the Porsche Panamera, the Audi A7, the BMW 8-Series, just to name a few. These luxury cars are considered high-end luxury compared to the entry-level luxury of their more affordable counterparts. Above high-end luxury cars sit ultra-luxury cars, which are both rare and expensive. They range price-wise well over six figures and out of the budget of most consumers, competition in cost with some supercars even. The Rolls-Royce Phantom and Mercedes Maybach S-Class are two well-known and incredible examples of these ultra-luxury sedans.

The 2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Starting price: $455,000

The Rolls Royce Phantom
The Rolls Royce Phantom | Martyn Lucy, Getty Images

2021 Rolls-Royce Phantom breakdown:

  • Lambswool floormats
  • Famous starlight headliner
  • Powered foot rest
  • Rear cabin privacy suite
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 6.8 liter V12
  • 563 hp

The Rolls-Royce Phantom is well known for being the pinnacle of ultra-luxury sedans, and for a good reason. The brand itself is exclusive and only produces high-quality vehicles with no option for entry-level sedans. The Phantom is among the manufacturer’s most famous choices, with particular textiles and hand-crafted interiors, there is a lot of classic styles that have been tastefully updated to add a modern touch.

The 2021 Mercedes Maybach S-Class

Starting price: $185,950

2021 Mercedes Maybach S-Class breakdown:

  • This model is 7-inches longer for a larger, more spacious rear cabin
  • 4.0 liter V8 biturbo with Mild Hybrid Drive
  • 496 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-axle steering
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • 64 color active ambient lighting
  • Refridgerated compartment available
  • Reclining seats are heated, ventilated, and have massage options
  • Electronically controlled rear doors available
  • Voice controlled multimedia system

The 2021 Mercedes Maybach S-Class offers an exquisite amount of luxury, and even though we expect that, when you look at the long list of features and options, it’s still pretty jaw-dropping. Like the Rolls-Royce Phantom, this Maybach is designed for the rear passengers, with an extended rear cabin to offer extra legroom and space, it feels nothing short of a private, low-key limousine.

How does the Rolls-Royce Phantom compare with the Maybach S-Class?


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Both of these extraordinary vehicles are filled to the brim with high-tech features and luxuries that you won’t see in almost any other car. Also, unlike more consumer-focused luxury cars, these two are built for the rear passengers to be driven by a private driver, rather than having the owner drive, making them more like privately owned limousines than driver-focused cars.

Although each of them has powerful motors, they are extremely heavy, weighing in with a curb weight that is more than some SUVs, and the drivetrain is more focused on smooth power delivery than performance. Regardless, these large-displacement engines give the Maybach and Phantom a well-rounded touch which proves that for a price, you really can have it all.

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