Press Kit: Maybach at the Auto China 2008
Apr 20, 2008
Maybach sets the standards in the high-end luxury class: Luxury and comfort at the highest level
  • High-tech of the highest order for exemplary safety and outstanding comfort
  • Exquisite hand-crafted excellence and state-of-the-art automotive engineering
  • Two body lengths, two engine versions for the ultimate in luxury
In the 1920s and 1930s Maybach, together with Mercedes-Benz, already represented the pinnacle of German and international automotive engineering. Maybach has been continuing this tradition since 2002. Firstly Maybach unveiled the 57 and 62 models, followed in 2005 by the high-performance 57 S and in 2006 by the Maybach 62 S - the world's most powerful series-produced chauffeured saloon.
Maybach 57 S: luxury saloon with high-performance attributes
The "S" in the 57 S model designation stands for "Special" and draws attention to the fact that Maybach has incorporated a wealth of features specified by its highly discerning customers in the 57 S. Particularly discerning motoring enthusiasts who wish to drive their Maybach themselves were seeking a symbiosis of luxurious comfort and sporty handling. In the 57 S model, this is provided by the Mercedes-AMG-modified 6.0-litre V12 biturbo engine with an output of 450 kW/612 hp and a peak torque of 1000 newton metres - the same high-performance powerplant that features in the Maybach Landaulet - and a tauter suspension configuration. This combination of luxury and handling dynamics of the highest order makes the Maybach 57 S an ideal high-end luxury saloon for owner-drivers who expect the very latest high-performance technology and the perfection associated with the Maybach brand.
In terms of exterior design, the Maybach 57 S features a strikingly designed radiator grille, redesigned front lighting units, distinctive 20-inch spoked wheels and a single-tone paint finish in either black or silver, which is reserved exclusively for the 57 S, 62 S and Maybach Landaulet models. Moving inside, carefully coordinated applications of exquisite piano lacquer and sporty carbon fibre, as well as three newly designed leather upholstery options, tastefully accentuate this overall impression of dynamism.
Maybach 62 S: the world's most powerful chauffeur-driven saloon
The Maybach 62 S - the fourth model variant - forms the basis for the Maybach Landaulet. It offers a new dimension in travelling comfort, especially for the passengers in the generously proportioned rear compartment of the high-end luxury saloon. Not to mention a prodigious power output. Like the 57 S model, it is equipped with the modified twelve-cylinder powerplant developing 450 kW/612 hp. The 62 S model is specially designed to be chauffeur driven and meets the very highest of standards in terms of spaciousness, comfort and dynamism. The spaciousness and comfort make for a relaxing ride whilst the dynamism saves time - both of which are key aspects in the modern world.
In contrast to the more sporty configuration of the 57 S model for owner-drivers, which features a stiffer suspension, the Maybach engineers decided to retain the full spring travel for the 62 S in order to achieve an outstanding, practically unsurpassed level of ride comfort. In terms of comfort, the chassis marks the absolute pinnacle of automotive engineering. Yet it also offers a high degree of dynamic potential for reliably transferring the power to the road whatever the scenario. Hence, the Maybach developers have succeeded in reconciling, to a near perfect degree, two very different requirements.
Prominent exterior features distinguish the 62 S model from the 62 model. As in the case of the 57 S model, these include a modified front end with a redesigned, powerful-looking radiator, distinctive 20-inch spoked wheels and restyled front lighting units. Like the 57 S model, the Maybach 62 S features a single-tone paint finish. In the interior, carefully coordinated applications of exquisite piano lacquer and, for instance, anthracite poplar create an atmosphere of exclusive elegance.
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