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After an absence of two years, the Maybach nameplate has made a return to Thailand – The Bangkok Post reports that Mercedes-Benz Thailand has officially introduced the Mercedes-Maybach S500 in the Kingdom. The model is priced at 16.9 million baht (RM1.88 million).

The Maybach name, which Mercedes revived in 1997, came to an end in 2012 when Daimler announced it was pulling the plug on the brand due to poor sales. In 2014, the name resurfaced, but this time as an ultra-luxury sub-brand extension of the W222 S-Class model line known as Mercedes-Maybach.

The S600 was announced as the sub-brand’s first model, making its debut at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou shows in November last year. The S500 has since joined the lineup. It’s powered by a 4.6 litre twin-turbo V8 offering 455 hp and 700 Nm, paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

The report adds that the S500 is priced considerably lower than its predecessors (the Zeppelin 57 and 62), which ran at around 80 million baht-plus (RM8.9 million), and also undercuts the likes of the Bentley Flying Spur and Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II by some five million (RM557,000) and 15 million baht (RM1.67 million) respectively in that market.