The Mercedes-Maybach S600 could have an incoming rival from BMW. Sure, it already has a kinda/sorta Bavarian challenger in the form of the 7-series, but for anyone who wants something posher than the 7er and the incoming 8-series Gran Coupe, there could eventually be a ‘9-series’ available.
Asked by Autocar if BMW was planning such a car, design director Adrian van Hooydonk dropped a tantalising hint. “Let’s say this: we won’t stop here [with the 8-series]. Obviously, our job is to have more ideas than the company can build, because the other way round would be very bad…My team and I are now looking at 2021 and beyond – as far out as 2030. We have a lot of plans.”
Beyond this - admittedly vague - suggestion, it’s all guesswork. Autocar speculates such a car would share much of its architecture and engine line-up with the 7-series and 8-series, which seems a fair assumption.
An appearance of the M760Li’s 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 would surely be a given…