Luxury knows no bounds when it comes with a storied history like Maybach’s. The nameplate dates back to the dawn of the automotive era, when Wilhelm Maybach worked with Gottleib Daimler on an internal combustion engine, eventually producing the first Daimler-Maybach automobile in 1889.
The Maybach name went on to stand for the utmost in upscale motoring, a heritage that Daimler-Chrysler proudly trumpeted with the brand’s reintroduction in 2002. For the discriminating driver, the Maybach 57S, introduced in 2005, was the only choice in the lineup. The slightly larger 62 model was meant to be chauffeur-driven, but the appeal of the smaller 57 was the ability to enjoy all the deluxe touches of a Maybach while also reveling in all the power on tap. And in this 57S, that’s quite a lot: the Special uses a 6.0L version of the Maybach’s Mercedes-derived twin-turbo V-12. Producing a massive 603 HP and 738 lbs-ft of torque, it was an ultra-luxury car that could still do 0-60 in less than five seconds.
Matching the top-of-the-line power are the tasteful touches inside. This 57S shines in rare White with Black piping, a wonderful complement to the Black exterior. Driver and passengers alike are treated lavishly, from the pushbutton start, night vision, four-zone climate control, heated cupholders, and front and rear massage functions; to the rear executive seats with built-in theater and premium audio system. Whether driving or riding, being in a Maybach is an experience to luxury that was unknown in the last 75 years.
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