Designed with painstaking attention to detail and built in a state-of-the-art "Manufaktur", the Maybach 57 and Maybach 62, which were launched in 2002, have been continuing the tradition of the legendary Maybach cars of the 1920s and 30s, which stood alongside Mercedes-Benz models as some of the finest examples of automotive excellence worldwide. The model designations are a reference to the majestic lengths of these unique vehicles: the flagship Maybach 62 measures 6.17 metres, whilst the Maybach 57 is 5.73 metres long.
Furthermore, these advanced luxury saloons are equipped with a wealth of outstanding automotive technology dedicated to making travelling in a Maybach as enjoyable and as safe as possible. They have set new standards for outstanding equipment and superb craftsmanship at the very top of the passenger car market. At the same time, these luxury vehicles reflect the expertise of DaimlerChrysler as the world's oldest and most innovative car maker and reap the benefits of the vast experience of Maybach's sister brand Mercedes-Benz in the development and production of high-quality models in the luxury car segment.
As a result, key Mercedes-Benz innovations have been further developed for the Maybach Saloons and are fitted as standard. These include the AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control) electronically controlled air suspension, LINGUATRONIC voice controlled operation and the COMAND APS control and display system.
These are joined by further examples of peerless vehicle engineering which have been developed specially for Maybach and also serve to reinforce the claim of the luxury car brand to a high-end position in the automotive market. There is the 405-kW/550-hp twelve-cylinder engine, a 600-watt sound system providing Dolby surround sound at every seat, a highly efficient four-zone automatic climate control system based on two separate air conditioning systems and - exclusively in the Maybach 62 - rear seats which boast an enviably comfortable reclining position. One particular highlight is the electro-transparent panoramic glass roof (available as an option for the Maybach 62 in conjunction with a solar module which provides extremely pleasant auxiliary ventilation).
Design: aesthetics and elegance
The new Maybach models combine impressive technological leadership with unsurpassed aesthetics, flawless quality and captivating elegance. The new Maybach is the result of imposing size and presence moulded into the most elegant of saloons, with an inimitable stylistic allure which exudes the perfect balance of classic inspiration and avantgarde innovation. Form, colour and materials blend together seamlessly to give the Maybach high-end luxury Saloons an unmistakable identity and enhance their majestic character.
The Maybach's lines are designed to maintain an enduring aesthetic appeal - both from the outside and as far as the interior is concerned. A range of exquisite materials, including masterfully designed and hand-crafted fine wood trim elements, adorn the inside of the car, the design of which was inspired by one aim in particular: to provide the greatest possible comfort for all the car's occupants.
The impressive spaciousness of the 2.25 or 2.68-metre-long interior is certainly a good start, whilst the seat comfort, low noise levels and highly efficient climate control on board the prestigious Saloons continue the theme of matchless quality. The Maybach is thus perfectly equipped to offer an outstanding driving experience.
The engine: top marks for output and torque
Specially developed for the Maybach Saloons, the twelve-cylinder 5.5-litre biturbo engine develops 405 kW/550 hp and offers its peak torque of 900 newton metres as low down as 2300 rpm. The high power and torque reserves of the superbly smooth-running engine ensure that the Maybach Saloons are able to rise to any driving situation with the ease and assurance characteristic of the brand. For example, the Maybach 57 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.2 seconds, while the engine's prodigious torque powers it on from 60 to 120 km/h in just 6.2 seconds.
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. The three-point inertia-reel seat belts with automatic comfort-fit feature, 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.