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The incredible interior of the incredibly silly Mercedes-Maybach S650

  • I drove a $224,000 Mercedes-Maybach S650, a super-luxury sedan that was crammed with high-ended features.
  • The bling is impressive and impressively expensive, but the Maybach is still a stretched S-Class.
  • A stretched S-Class with a 621-horsepower V12 engine, however.
  • The Maybach is rather silly, but there’s no question is delivers an ultra-premium passenger experience.
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 is, alongside the Bentley Bentayga, one of the two most exasperating vehicles I’ve ever driven. The Bentayga is a massively overpriced Audi with a Bentley front end and engine, while the Maybach S650 is a massively overpriced S-Class Mercedes with a hulking V12 motor and a glorious interior.

On balance, the Bentley remains the most cynical attempt to extract money from the well-heeled and brand-conscious buyers I’ve ever experienced, while the Maybach is a tad more virtuous because it’s merely silly. The Bentagya filled me with rage, while the Maybach just made me grin and shake my head at the chutzpah. 

The Maybach treatment adds over $25,000 to the S-Class’s price tag, and what you get for the cost of a used A220 is gobs and gobs of luxe. I experienced this firsthand when Mercedes loaned me a 2020 Maybach S650, which stickered at $224,125, up from a base of $202,550.

How did we get here? Well, Maybach was a standalone nameplate from the early 2000s until 2013, when a lack of affluent consumer interest led Mercedes parent Daimler to pull the plug. Maybach returned a few years ago, this time as a designation, akin to Mercedes-AMG, the carmaker’s high-performance sub-marque. 

Despite the V12, I didn’t find the Maybach S650 any more interesting to drive than other Mercedes, with which I’ve been generally impressed. So I could move on to wallowing in the throwback appointments that

Coronation Street’s Lucy Fallon shows off incredibly tidy Blackpool home with egg chairs in the garden and quirky decor

CORONATION Street actress Lucy Fallon has given fans a sneak peek into her incredibly tidy Blackpool pad, filled with quirky details, clashing prints and electrifying furnishings.

The 24-year-old soap star shared snaps of her freshly cleaned home to her Instagram stories, which also showed followers her modern garden featuring an enviable set of rattan egg chairs.

 Lucy Fallon shared snaps of her freshly cleaned home

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Lucy Fallon shared snaps of her freshly cleaned home

Lucy revealed her love of neutral colours, showing a lounge area furnished with deep brown sofa and adorned with a mix of plain and patterned cushions.

Her dining room follows the same colour theme with a dark wood table and matching chairs, looking out into the garden space.

Brightening up the woody tones, the patterned wallpaper lifts the vibe of the room.

Lucy revealed it took her two years to decide how to decorate her home, before she settled on the range of clashing decor and quirky features.

 She gave a shout out to her cleaners in the Instagram story

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She gave a shout out to her cleaners in the Instagram story
 The actress announced she was quitting Corrie last year

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The actress announced she was quitting Corrie last yearCredit: Instagram
 Lucy revealed she's spent two years of planning on social media platform Pinterest to decide how her bedroom would look

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Lucy revealed she’s spent two years of planning on social media platform Pinterest to decide how her bedroom would lookCredit: instagram/lucyfallonx

Sharing a glimpse of her colourful boudoir with fans, fashion-lover Lucy – who used to play Bethany Platt in the ITV soap – showed off her love of vibrant textiles and patterns.

Captioning the photo on Instagram, the star wrote: “I have been pinning pictures on Pinterest for over two years of how I wanted this room to look and finally it is how I always imagined it would be (but even better).”

The rosewood-coloured headboard on Lucy’s huge bed backs onto a feature wall covered with black and white leopard print wallpaper.

Fans couldn’t miss the eye-catching