One of the highlights of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 superluxury sedan is something you’re not supposed to notice: noise, or more precisely, the lack of it.
Mercedes-Benz is touting the $200,000 car as the quietest on the road, and went to significant lengths to ensure the car’s occupants are sealed off from outside distractions.
The noise-deadening measures start with an extremely stiff underbody, which reduces vibration, said Hermann Storp, director of global S-class development. The body-in-white is made up of steel and aluminum treated with special coating that further inhibits noise. The car’s floor sandwiches noise inhibiting material between sheets of corrugated steel.
Mercedes also engineered the seals around the doors with a tubelike shape that traps road and wind noise before it reaches the interior compartment.
“We worked on this very hard, for three years,” Storp said. “At 70 miles an hour on the highway, there is no wind noise. If you have music on, you only hear this high-end sound.”