If you are looking to buy an ultra luxury sedan such as the new Rolls-Royce Phantom or the Bentley Arnage, there is a third model which might be of interest to you. Since autumn 2002, the Maybach 57 or its longer version, the Maybach 62 (as shown in the three pictures), are on the market. Whereas the Maybach 62 (6.17 metres in length) is more the chauffeur driven version, with first-class plane seats to relax in the back, the Maybach 57 (measuring 5.73 metres) is for self drivers. The legendary insignia symbolising the ultimate in exclusive automotive engineering, consisting of two intersecting Ms in a spherical triangle, graces the new luxury automotive brand. The only difference is that where "MM" once stood for "Maybach Motorenbau", it now stands for "Maybach Manufaktur".
In the past, the flagship model was the Maybach "Zeppelin", with its breathtaking V12 engine. With a length of approximately 5.5 metres, this was the largest German passenger car of its era. The new luxury Saloon's twelve-cylinder engine develops a maximum output of 405 kW/550 hp, with torque peaking at 900 Newton metres (664lb ft). These power and torque figures are unmatched by any other series-production passenger car engine in the world, beating the Bentley Arnage T by 25 Newton metres – "Vive la competition", as the French would say. This impressive output and pulling power ensures that the new Maybach models handle any driving situation with the ease and authority you would expect from the brand. The Maybach 57 coves the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds.
In years gone by, Maybach's exclusive clientele went to specialist coachbuilders to have their cars "bodied". After an pause of more than sixty years when there were no Maybachs built, the new luxury saloon is 100 per cent factory-built at the Sindelfingen plant in Southern Germany with an annual capacity of a bit more than 1,000 Maybachs only. This highly exclusive automobile is built right next door to where the Mercedes Benz S-Class is produced. Highly trained employees in coach-building and assembly processes, based on a high level of hand-craftsmanship, ensure that even the most unconventional wishes can be catered for. Maybach customers are updated regularly during the time their Maybach is being built. Customers have the option to actually witness their Maybach being built and can contribute their own input as desired. The Maybach 57 is priced at 310,000 US Dollars and the Maybach 62 at 360,000 US Dollars. However, the 2003 production of nearly 1,000 cars has already been sold out and orders for 2004 are being taken now.
Engine: 5.5L V12
Retail Price: starting at 260,000 pounds (370,000 euros or 340,000 dollars MRSP)
More information on: www.maybach-manufaktur.com