Maybach 57 S - Comfort and performance at the highest level
Sep 28, 2006
Outstanding performance thanks to 6.0-litre V12 biturbo power
  • Performance-enhanced twelve-cylinder engine with 450 kW/612 hp
  • Impressive torque of 1000 Nm (electronically limited)
  • Hand-built at the Mercedes-AMG engine workshops
  • Dynamic, safe and majestic - the modified suspension
The new, more powerful V12 engine, which Maybach engineers have developed further with specialists at Mercedes-AMG, ensures a fulminating performance and outstanding handling dynamics in the Maybach 57 S high-performance luxury saloon. Thanks to a twin turbocharger and a water-to-air intercooler, the V12 power unit generates a maximum output of 450 kW/612 hp from a displacement of 5980 cubic centimetres. This is continuously on tap between 4800 and 5100 rpm, while the impressive maximum torque of 1000 newton metres is available between 2000 and 4000 rpm. These figures open up a new performance dimension in the Maybach 57 S: acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes just 5.0 seconds, and the Maybach 57 S requires only 15.8 seconds to sprint from zero to 200 km/h, making it one of the world’s most sporty luxury cars. An intermediate sprint from 80 to 120 km/h, which is decisive for many overtaking manoeuvres, is covered effortlessly in 3.7 seconds. The maximum speed is 275 km/h.
Innovative engine technology
The latest technology and numerous intelligent details developed by Mercedes-AMG specialists are the basis for the outstanding performance of the Maybach 57 S. As an example, the forged pistons are made from a special material which withstands extreme temperatures and pressures, and are kept at the optimal temperature by a sophisticated oil-jet cooling system with a separate nozzle for each of the twelve pistons. A particularly efficient oil pump and a large oil cooler ensure that all lubrication points are reliably supplied with oil, even under the highest loads. The compressor and turbine housings of the two turbochargers, as well as the impellers, are designed for a high charge pressure of up to 1.5 bar.
Special low-temperature intercooler for high performance
The high-performance engine of the Maybach 57 S is also equipped with highly efficient charge-air cooling, which lowers the temperature of the intake air compressed by the turbochargers before it enters the combustion chambers, using the particularly effective principle of the air-to-water heat exchanger. The large surface area of the low-temperature intercooler guarantees effective cooling at all times, even under full load, and therefore provides the driver of the Maybach 57 S with a high output and torque yield in all ambient temperatures and under all operating conditions.
The character of the twelve-cylinder power unit offers the driver of the Maybach 57 S a real experience for the senses: under full acceleration it certainly forces its occupants back into their seats, but always remains well-mannered and refined despite its enormous engine power. Only a discreet snarl from the twin-pipe exhaust system reveals that the high-performance engine is getting down to business, also enabling the driver to derive acoustic enjoyment from the outstanding response to the accelerator.
Mercedes-AMG 'Manufaktur'
In line with the Maybach approach, the twelve-cylinder biturbo engine is hand-assembled in the Mercedes-AMG engine workshops, or 'Manufaktur'. The "One man, one engine" philosophy is reflected by the signature of the technician responsible on the characteristic model plate, which is attached to the engine cover of the V12 biturbo in the Maybach 57 S – a guarantee of the greatest care and superlative quality.
Modified suspension for a safe and dynamic driving experience
To make sure that the impressive performance potential of the 57 S is always safely and smoothly transferred to the road, Maybach engineers have modified the suspension in numerous ways to do justice to the increased power. The results are palpable: despite its weight and dimensions, the luxury saloon is agile and dynamic, has precise, responsive cornering characteristics and assists the driver with safe and neutral handling. Moreover, the Maybach 57 S provides a surprisingly high level of driving pleasure on winding country roads and on tortuous mountain passes.
To achieve these dynamic, responsive characteristics, the Maybach developers have reconfigured the stabilisers at the front and rear axles. There is now a two-millimetre thicker torsion bar at the front and a four-millimetre thicker version at the rear. These provide the luxury saloon with a sportier, more balanced suspension and more support at the rear axle. The result is a reduction in roll angle by around 15 percent and therefore more lateral stability when taking bends at speed. Handling and cornering ability are improved at the same time. The handling dynamics also benefit from a 15 millimetre reduction in ride height. Together these modifications lead to significantly improved roadholding.
The more stiffly configured Adaptive Damping System ADS II, as well as the semi-active air suspension, dampens body movements more rapidly and accentuates the sporty handling. If the driver selects the sporty mode from the three available suspension settings by pressing the switch in the centre console, the springs and dampers are even more stiffly configured. However, even in normal mode the Maybach 57 S offers a high level of dynamic handling for the driving enthusiast without any loss of comfort. The modified suspension components also allow a sportier configuration of ESP and ASR for higher lateral acceleration.
Specially developed 20-inch light-alloy wheels with eleven spokes
The Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in size 275/45 R20 have been specifically suited to the modified suspension, and are fitted to specially developed 8.5Jx20 eleven-spoke light-alloy wheels. Owing to the low section width of the 20-inch tyres – larger than the 19 inch tyres of the Maybach 57 – and the larger contact patch resulting from a width of 8.5 rather than 8 inches, the self-steering characteristics of the Maybach 57 S have also been improved. The more dynamically configured saloon corners considerably more precisely and with almost instant response, while generating a high level of lateral stability at the same time.
Ventilation of the braking system has also been improved. Underbody air deflectors in the area of the front axle, as well as the airflow-optimised, eleven-spoke design of the wheels, allow more cooling air to reach the brakes. This ensures better performance and fades resistance in all driving situations and operating conditions. In the Maybach 57 S these measures make for a consistently outstanding level of active safety.
The modified and reconfigured suspension of the 57 S demonstrates that Maybach developers have successfully reconciled two apparently contradictory requirements: this high-performance luxury car is able to transmit the performance requirements of the driver safely and effortlessly to the road at all times, while at the same time offering the high level of ride comfort typical of a Maybach.
The latest automotive technology
Like all Maybach models, the Maybach 57 S is equipped with the finest automotive technology, for the greatest possible comfort and safety. Maybach not only sets new standards at the absolute pinnacle of the passenger car market in terms of master craftsmanship, but also reflects the expertise of DaimlerChrysler as the worlds most innovative and tradition-steeped vehicle manufacturer, and benefits from the unique experience of its sister brand Mercedes-Benz in the development and production of high-quality cars in the luxury segment.
Major innovations by Mercedes-Benz have been developed further for the Maybach saloons, and are standard equipment – for example the electronically controlled air suspension system AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control), LINGUATRONIC voice control, the COMAND APS control and display system, a 600-watt sound system with Dolby surround sound on every seat and an efficient four-zone air conditioning system based on two separate air conditioning units.
Safety: occupant protection with ten airbags
In addition to a sophisticated body structure, the exemplary safety technology of these high-end luxury cars includes a total of ten airbags – two adaptive airbags with two-stage gas generators for the front seat occupants, four sidebags and two large windowbags for each side of the interior. Automatic comfort-fit inertia-reel seat belts, high-performance belt tensioners and belt force limiters are integrated into the seats, and are therefore able to carry out their full protective function in any position.
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