2008 Maybach Type 57

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Maybach Type 57. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sedan
  • Combined MPG:
    13 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    550-hp, 5.5-liter V-12 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Exclusivity
  • Performance
  • Posh amenities
  • Passenger space

The Bad

  • Price
  • Gas mileage

Notable Features of the 2008 Maybach Type 57

  • 550 hp (Type 57)
  • Available 604 hp (Type 57 S)
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Reclining rear seats
  • 10 airbags

2008 Maybach Type 57 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Aside from a few revised options, changes are few for the 2008 Maybach Type 57, a high-end luxury car designed to compete with the Rolls-Royces and Bentleys of the world.

Maybach was one of the world's most exquisite nameplates in the 1920s and '30s. The original company was founded by Karl Maybach — the son of Wilhelm Maybach, who developed the first Mercedes. The Maybach nameplate reappeared in 2003 in the form of two closely related ultraluxury sedans, each of which holds nearly every sort of comfort and convenience feature.

Maybachs come in two sizes: the regular Type 57 and the extended-length Type 62, which is covered separately in Cars.com's Research section. The model designation indicates the car's length in meters: 5.73 for the Type 57 and 6.17 for the Type 62. Special features include electronic braking and an Airmatic Dual Control air suspension. Mercedes-Benz dealers must sign separate agreements to sell the Maybach brand.

The Type 57 offers a 550-horsepower V-12, while the Type 57 S ups the ante with a larger, 604-hp V-12.


Exterior
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."

Twelve body colors are available and two-tone paint schemes can be specified. Bi-xenon headlights are standard. The Type 57 is 225.3 inches long overall, has a 133.5-inch wh...
Vehicle Overview
Aside from a few revised options, changes are few for the 2008 Maybach Type 57, a high-end luxury car designed to compete with the Rolls-Royces and Bentleys of the world.

Maybach was one of the world's most exquisite nameplates in the 1920s and '30s. The original company was founded by Karl Maybach — the son of Wilhelm Maybach, who developed the first Mercedes. The Maybach nameplate reappeared in 2003 in the form of two closely related ultraluxury sedans, each of which holds nearly every sort of comfort and convenience feature.

Maybachs come in two sizes: the regular Type 57 and the extended-length Type 62, which is covered separately in Cars.com's Research section. The model designation indicates the car's length in meters: 5.73 for the Type 57 and 6.17 for the Type 62. Special features include electronic braking and an Airmatic Dual Control air suspension. Mercedes-Benz dealers must sign separate agreements to sell the Maybach brand.

The Type 57 offers a 550-horsepower V-12, while the Type 57 S ups the ante with a larger, 604-hp V-12.


Exterior
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."

Twelve body colors are available and two-tone paint schemes can be specified. Bi-xenon headlights are standard. The Type 57 is 225.3 inches long overall, has a 133.5-inch wheelbase and rides on 19-inch tires. A standard power-closing feature pulls the door shut from the first detent position.

The Type 57 S gets a firmer suspension, a modified front end and 20-inch wheels.


Interior
Available accessories include a luggage set, a sterling silver champagne goblet, a humidor and a golf bag, among other amenities. Buyers can choose from six Grand Nappa leather colors and three types of wood. All four seats are heated, and active seat ventilation is available. An available Business Package adds wireless internet and other corner-office features.

Occupants can luxuriate in reclining rear seats. A television with a 9.5-inch TFT flat screen includes a DVD player. Interior features 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 sound system. Each sedan also has Mercedes' Tele Aid emergency communication system and Comand integrated control system. Piano lacquer finish and carbon fiber elements decorate the interior of the Type 57 S sedan.

Many custom options are available, including replacing the wood trim with granite. Gold — real gold, not some plastic knockoff — is also available as an interior trim option. Maybach says its facility in Sindelfingen, Germany, is able to meet almost any special request.


Under the Hood
Equipped with twin turbochargers, the Type 57's 5.5-liter V-12 produces 550 hp and 663 pounds-feet of torque. It teams with a five-speed automatic transmission. Maybach says the Type 57 can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. A 604-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 powers the Type 57 S. That engine generates 604 hp and a stupefying 738 pounds-feet of torque. It also uses a five-speed automatic.

Safety
Two adaptive front airbags, four side-impact airbags, and front and rear side curtain airbags are standard, as are four-wheel-disc antilock brakes and an electronic stability system.


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What Drivers Are Saying

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WEDDING CAR!

by MARRIED GUY from Greenwich, CT on June 6, 2013

My close friend loaned me his 2008 Maybach 57s on my wedding day, and i can deff. say that it was the most comfy car i have ever been in, even though i own a 2009 Bentley Continental Flying Spur! You ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Type 57 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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