Maybach was one of the world's most exquisite nameplates in the 1920s and 1930s. The original company was founded by Karl Maybach � the son of Wilhelm Maybach, who invented the first Mercedes.
Some people were surprised when the Maybach brand returned in the form of two closely related, all-new ultraluxury sedans. Ostensibly a product of DaimlerChrysler, Mercedes-Benz's parent company, the modern-day Maybach is actually considered a make of its own.
Maybach sedans come in two sizes: the regular Type 57 and the extended-length Type 62. Each model designation indicates the car's length in meters: 5.73 for the Type 57 and 6.17 for the Type 62, which is called the longest production automobile in the world. Special technical features include an electronic braking system and Airmatic Dual Control air suspension.
For 2005, an optional Business Package includes a wireless internet router and a color printer. Rear parking assist is now available. New standard equipment includes Robbe & Berking beverage flutes and a handcrafted Dunhill Collection umbrella. Sirius Satellite Radio comes with a lifetime subscription.
It takes nearly five months to construct and deliver a Maybach. Mercedes-Benz dealers must sign separate agreements to sell them.
According to the manufacturer, Maybach styling balances classic and avant-garde features. The doors, hood and fenders are made of aluminum. Maybach says a primary goal was to deliver an "entirely new definition of first class." An optional panoramic glass rear roof is electrotransparent and capable of altering the amount of light that enters the cabin.
Twelve body colors are available, and two-tone paint schemes may be specified. Bi-xenon headlights are standard. The extended-length Type 62 is 242.5 inches long overall, has a 150.7-inch wheelbase and rides on 19-inch tires.
As many as 100 items inside the Maybach are trimmed with exotic woods. Buyers can mix options with the immense standard-equipment list in numerous combinations to suit specific tastes. Available accessories include a luggage set, a sterling silver champagne goblet, a humidor, a golf bag and a fluffy travel rug. Buyers may choose from six Grand Nappa leather colors and three types of wood.
Occupants can luxuriate in fully reclining rear seats. A television with a 9.5-inch TFT flat screen includes a DVD player. Interior features also include four-zone climate control with two air-conditioning units, a refrigerated compartment, a cordless phone with two handsets and a 21-speaker Bose Dolby audio system.
Under the Hood
Breathing with the assistance of twin turbochargers, the 5.5-liter V-12 produces 550 horsepower and 663 pounds-feet of torque. It teams with a five-speed-automatic transmission. Maybach claims the Type 62 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, which is just 0.2 seconds slower than the shorter Type 57.
Ten airbags, including two adaptive front airbags, four side-impact airbags, and front and rear side curtain-type airbags, are installed.