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 strive to put the Maybach in a league with Bentley’s saloons and Rolls-Royce’s road-going yachts.

Here’s a rundown of all the bling:

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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


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


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


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


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 lightening bolt neon lights fixed to the wall above her bed.

The pretty blonde announced she was quitting her role as Bethany Platt on the popular soap last year, in order to ‘pursue other projects’ and her final scenes on the cobbles aired earlier this year.

 The actress has her very own glam dressing room


The actress has her very own glam dressing roomCredit: INSTAGRAM
 Corrie star Lucy Fallon has showed off her stylish pad on Instagram


Corrie star Lucy Fallon has showed off her stylish pad on InstagramCredit: INSTAGRAM

Lucy also has her very own dressing room in the house so she can make sure she looks stunning.

Complete with her very own walk-in wardrobe, the room not only offers plenty of space for her clothes but also boasts a white vanity table and mirror with LED lights.

Other glam touches include a French-style chair and white, faux fur rug.

Her contemporary kitchen boasts white fittings throughout with glossy kitchen units and ceramic tiles.

 The star has opted for monochrome furnishings throughout


The star has opted for monochrome furnishings throughoutCredit: INSTAGRAM
 Her bedroom features a cool exposed brick wall


Her bedroom features a cool exposed brick wallCredit: INSTAGRAM

Injecting the sleek space with her own quirky style, Lucy has also added a number of fun pictures.

The living room is modern and monochrome with a large, comfy grey

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It’s not just your neighborhood. Contractors are incredibly busy with home renovations

From the sound of things in some neighborhoods, you might not think the economic downturn has been all that severe in Massachusetts.

a person standing in front of a building: President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.

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President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.

Saw blades are buzzing, nail guns are popping, and drills are spinning as contractors descend on home renovation projects in huge numbers. It’s a striking aberration in an economy where many businesses continue to suffer and unemployment remains high.


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The activity is also another indication of how unevenly the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been distributed. Some homeowners ― often those whose incomes have not taken a hit ― have reduced costs for commuting, travel and other expenses, giving them more discretionary income. At the same time, interest rates for home equity loans and mortgages are historically low, making it cheap to borrow money.

And many people have spent an unprecedented number of hours at home, giving them a clear-eyed understanding about what they love — and hate — about their homes.

“The pandemic, especially for people in the middle class and the upper middle class has created this bubble,” said Chris Parish, a Franklin homeowner searching for a contractor who’s not too busy to take on a small bathroom renovation sometime soon. “We’re all thinking the same thing at the same time, which is, we can’t go anywhere, so we should get the most out of the space.”

Contractors around Boston say they experienced a huge demand for services this summer that has extended into fall — especially for modest projects such as adding a backyard deck or fence. The trend is helping to offset the loss of work builders suffered earlier in the year when larger commercial jobs were put on hold because of the pandemic lockdown.

So many homeowners are seeking quotes that some renovation pros say the main limitation on their business right now is time, or the lack of it. Work isn’t hard to come by, but fitting it all into the schedule is another challenge.

Tomasa Pujol, president of Golden Builder Construction in Quincy, has a piece of advice for people seeking home improvement services now: “You’ve got to be patient.”

Pujol said she’s booking a lot of residential work, inside and outside homes around the Boston area. But some factors out of her control are getting in the way. Building permits are arriving slowly in many municipalities, she said, and materials — particularly lumber — are in short supply. That’s true in other fields, as well, because COVID-19 precautions have slowed factory work. A South Shore glass company, for example, said window orders that used to be filled in about 10 days are now taking six weeks or longer.

For homeowners who have decided to pull the trigger on long-put-off projects, the reality can be jarring.

Chris Parish said he’s been talking to contractors about having work done on the 170-year old A-frame colonial that he

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