The most luxurious and exclusive forms of automotive transport for senior business executives, heads-of-state and royalty used to be dominated by Bentley and Rolls Royce. These luxury automobiles had staggering base prices starting in the six figures and indulged their occupants with the most pampering of amenities. The newest entry into this upper-stratosphere of luxury transportation is the Maybach, which is manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.
The Maybach is offered in two versions: the 62 and the 57. The 62 is the top-of-the-line limo version which rides on a stretched wheelbase and is over 20.2 feet in length! The smaller 57 still comes in at a boat-like length of 18.9 feet and is the base model. Sticker prices for the 57 begin at around $300,000 while the limo version starts at $350,000. However, options can be added from a dealer list which can easily raise the price by another $100,000 – an optional electronic partition that separates the driver from the passengers costs an additional $35,000!
Now that we know the Maybach will cost you a king’s ransom, let’s look at the amazing engine Mercedes-Benz uses to propel these magnificent machines. Both the Maybach 57 and 62 are powered by an exotic Mercedes-Benz V-12 engine with twin turbochargers. The power generated by this power plant is almost enough to move mountains as 550 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque are at the driver’s disposal.
According to Mercedes-Benz’s own in-house testing, a lead-foot chauffeur will be able to see 60mph in just 5.2 seconds in the 62, and 5.0 seconds in the smaller 57. These are incredible numbers considering that only super fast sports cars like the Porsche 911 Carrera or Chevrolet Corvette are faster. If your lead foot chauffeur keeps the gas pedal planted to the floor, both Maybachs will continue to accelerate until an electronically limited top speed of 155mph is reached. Without this limiter, Mercedes-Benz claims that speeds in excess of 180mph are attainable!
If you live a life of luxury, the interior of the Maybach will be able to accommodate you every wish and desire. Nappa leather is available in a multitude of colors and grades and covers everything from top to bottom in the Maybach. Mercedes has over 100 separate wood trim pieces made from your choice of cherry of burled walnut. You can also opt to have multi-hued granite used instead of the wood trim! Backseat occupants are able to view movies and presentations on two high-resolution 9.5-inch liquid crystal display screens suitably accompanied by a 600-watt stereo surround sound system. The greatest interior feature though will be the rear seats only available in Maybach 62. These backseats stretch out into a reclining position, which is ideal for taking quick cat naps after long flights or in-between board meetings!
Mercedes didn’t just focus on the interior in the Maybach as the automobile is a technological tour-de-force! An optional panoramic sunroof has liquid crystals which turn the glass translucent when a button is pushed or opaque when power in the car is turned off. At night, the sunroof can be used to diffuse light over the entire rear cabin to brighten things up for passengers. The outside of the sunroof also contains solar cells, which are linked to the air conditioning system and can cool the interior down for passengers when the car is parked on a hot day with the engine off.
The suspension system in the Maybach is also an industry leader, thanks to a semi-active AIRmatic independent suspension system. This suspension constantly monitors vehicle pitch, roll, and squat to automatically level the car and prevent both dive and body roll during heavy braking or tight corners.
Finally, no vehicle worthy of whisking away important dignitaries will be complete without industry-leading safety mechanisms. The two front airbags, for instance, aren’t just deployed during a crash, but modulated individually to the severity of the crash. Additionally, occupants in the front and rear compartments are protected by four side airbags and four additional window airbags.
The Maybach is stabilized through an electronic stability control system, which works in unison with the anti-lock brakes and traction control systems. Speaking of the brake system, Mercedes-Benz believes in redundancy, as the huge front discs aren’t gripped by just one, but two four-piston calipers. The ABS unit, pressure reservoir, and hydraulic actuator all have a back-up device ready to kick-in if failure in the primary unit is detected. In this way, brake failure is virtually eliminated in the Maybach.
This, in essence, is how a Maybach works or excels’ at the task of being an ultra-expensive and exclusive mode of automobile transport!