is Mercedes' first entry into the top luxurious segment which used to
reserved for Rolls-Royce / Bentley. This market is very small.
to survey, each year only 8,000 of the world's wealthiest people will
interested to buy these super luxurious cars. Among them, Maybach wants
to get 1000 sales annually.
distinguish the superior status of Maybach from the smaller, cheaper
mainstream S-class, Mercedes decided to brand the car as "Maybach"
than Mercedes-Benz. In other words, instead of 3-pointed star you will
see a double-M logo over the bonnet. Now you finally understand the
strategy of the German company - "Mercedes-Benz" means
"Smart" means small cars and "Maybach" represents the biggest and most
your information - if you have never heard of Maybach, it was a small
car maker founded by Wilhelm Maybach in 1907, building 3-ton limousines
until World War II. Mercedes decided to resurrect the German luxurious
marque rather than acquiring British marques like BMW and VW did.
size of Maybach is astonishing even by Rolls-Royce standard. It is
the biggest saloon in the world. The bigger selling base model, Maybach
57, measures 2 meters in width, 1.6 meters in height, 3.4 meters in
and 5.7 meters in length, the latter gives its model no. It is
bigger than a Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph or Bentley Arnage. But that's
all. To further strengthen its position as the world's most luxurious
it has a long-wheelbase version called Maybach 62, whose name implies
meters of length. Wheelbase becomes an unbelievable 3.8m, some 740mm
than a long-wheelbase S600 !! parking beside Maybach, the top
sedan suddenly looks like a mini.
Maybach looks like an enlarged S-class. It was penned by Olivier
who was then promoted to head Mitsubishi design. However, size aside,
does not deliver the prestige feel the Rolls-Royce and Bentley have,
of the lack of classic detailing. Some people criticized its stripe
as looking too inelegant, some thought the front end grill too
or look like a Daewoo / Ssangyong Chairman.
has its own chassis, but major components are sourced from Mercedes'
pool to reduce cost, despite of its price at £280,000. The
twin-turbo V12 is adapted from S600, with boost pressure increased from
1.0 to 1.3 bar to produce 550 horsepower and a Bentley-scaring 664 lbft
of torque. Likewise, the 5-speed automatic gearbox is strengthened from
the S-class. For the suspensions, S-class also donated the front double
wishbones and rear multi-link. E-class contributed to the AIRmatic DC
suspension with adaptive damping as well as SBC braking system. The
architecture is based on S-class.
2780kg kerb weight, the Maybach 62 is of course a heavyweight saloon
not too heavy. For reference, Bentley Arnage is considerably smaller
still weighs in excess of 2500kg. In fact, Maybach cuts weight by using
aluminum roof, bonnet, doors and wings. As a result, the whole
or not, the Maybach 57 and 62 can hit 60mph from rest in merely 5.0 and
5.2 seconds respectively, thanks to that super-torquey V12. It can't
the lighter S600, but the level of performance it delivers is
more than any one needs. Remember, most of its owners are likely to
private jet planes or helicopters if they are in a hurry. Whether the
is useful is not important, as Mercedes just wanted to demonstrate that
Maybach is the best car in the world.
it into corners, you realize this level of performance is nonsense. The
Maybach is by no means a sports saloon, no, far from that. It rolls and
floats, and the turning circle of the 62 is ridiculous. Its air
and damping are tuned to the soft side, about 10% softer than S600. Its
50-section tyres are chosen for the benefit of comfort and little tyre
noise. Then there is an extra 500-700kg to burden its handling. The
is slow and lack of feel (though completely free of kickback and
because Maybach has reverted to use the recirculating-ball steering
Its handling is better resolved than Bentley, being more stable, fluent
and predictable, but Maybach is not designed as a driver's car. It is a
passenger's car, a boss car.
rear passenger seats are where you can really enjoy Maybach. Travelling
there at 120mph reveals how refined it is - the soft suspensions ride
with almost no suspension and tyre noise. The V12 runs silently. Wind
is noticed for its absence. The whole world seemed isolated from the
hall-like cabin. While you are enjoying the 600W sound system and
(from refrigerator) with a bespoke silver cup, or watching DVD movies,
you don't realize what's happening outside the car, whether it is
at enormous speed. For all these you must thank to the thick glass
and the sound deadening materials that insulate the whole cabin.
said noise level in this cabin is 50-70% lower than a Mercedes S600. In
fact, it is also noticeably quieter than Lexus and Phaeton.
the passenger is an interesting panoramic glass roof. Its degree of
can be altered by a switch. Basically the same theory as liquid crystal
display. However, the most luxurious item is the aircraft-style chair
the Maybach 62. Now you understand why the car needs a 3.8 meter
- the chair can shift forward, then recline and extend its footrest
what you see in first-class flight. Have a good rest, boss. Enjoy the
ventilation, heating and massagers.
5 years of development, Mercedes has finally created the most luxurious
car in the world. We shall see many royal families, dictators and
purchase this super limousine. But for those who still like driving,
S600 is better. And ridiculously, you can buy three S600 with the same
money of one Maybach.