2012 Maybach 57 Review


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2012 Maybach 57 Overview

2012 Maybach 57

Maybach is the epitome of luxury, and the Maybach 57 is easily one of the most luxurious cars in the world. It stands out and makes people take notice, and its handcrafted beauty keeps their attention. The first obvious special feature is the sheer size of the vehicle, at 225.5 inches (5.73m) in length—the 57 truly makes its presence known. The current model debuted in 2005 and remained virtually unchanged until 2008, when the wheelbase was lengthened.

The Maybach 57 possesses only the finest quality materials, from the one-of-a-kind mirror finish on the exterior to the imported leather and exotic wood featured throughout the interior. The clean, sleek lines give an air of majesty that fits the personality of this vehicle. The Maybach 57 is for those who want a unique and personal vehicle that only Maybach can build. While the Maybach 57 represents the "base" trim of the line, there is nothing basic about it. The Maybach 57S is the next trim option up from the 57, with the S denoting Special. The Maybach 57S adds a bi-turbo to the already powerful engine, creating an additional 77 hp. Sadly, 2012 will be the final year for the Maybach due to slow sales, and its name being virtually unknown outside of Germany.

There is no need to turn a key to bring the Maybach 57 to life. With the Keyless-Go system, you simply need to push a button on the gearshift lever to bring the monstrous engine to life. One technician builds each Maybach engine from start to finish, adding even more of a personal touch to these vehicles. Under the hood of the Maybach 57 is a 5.5-liter V12 that generates 543 hp with 664 lb-ft of torque. The Maybach 57S features the same V12 with the addition of a bi-turbo, bringing it up to 620 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Even with a weight of over 6,000 pounds, the Maybach 57 accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph, and the Maybach 57S is even more impressive with a 0-60 time of 5.0 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph. Fuel efficiency is the only thing lacking, with EPA-estimated mileage of 9.6 mpg city/21.4 highway.

The ride and handling of the Maybach 57 is as luxurious as every other feature of this vehicle. It features the latest technology with an independent double wishbone front suspension and independent multi-link rear suspension. It is also equipped with an Airmatic Dual Control air suspension. The suspension has an automatic level control as well, giving every passenger in the vehicle the smoothest ride possible. The brake system is also unique to the Maybach 57, with a Sensotronic Brake Control that essentially controls the amount of braking to each individual wheel, based on the braking situation. This system works in conjunction with the Electronic Stability Control and ABS system to sense evasive braking maneuvers and keep the vehicle straight and safe. The Maybach 57 is equipped with 19-inch wheels standard, but much like every other option, the buyer has an array of sizes and styles to choose from.

Luxurious seems almost not a strong enough word to describe the interior of the Maybach 57. The size of the vehicle alone allows more than adequate room for 4 to 5 adults, depending on whether you choose the standard 2 rear seat or optional 3 rear seat configuration. The interior is more like a living room than the inside of a vehicle no matter which trim you choose. The list of interior features includes almost anything a person could desire to personalize a vehicle. Starting with the sumptuous leather seats, both the front and rear are heated and cooled and feature multicontour seatbacks with lumbar support. They are all electrically adjustable to almost any position one would need. The Maybach 57 has fabric rear window curtains operable from any seat in the vehicle. It also has two climate control systems, one for front-seat passengers and another for the rear.

The Maybach 57 also features a state-of-the-art multimedia system. The system includes a DVD player, 6-CD changer, Bluetooth capability, jacks for auxiliary inputs and dual 9.5-inch video screens. This all comes to life with a 21-speaker 600-watt Surround Sound system. Like any other feature the Maybach 57, the buyer can customize the system to his or her own wants and needs. Engineers have added extra-thick window glass as well as extra insulation to the 57 to silence any outside noise. It also offers amenities that simply scream luxury, such as a thermostatically controlled rear refrigerator for food or beverages under the center console and two hand-polished .925 sterling silver champagne flutes to enjoy those beverages.

To go along with all the luxury appointments in the Maybach 57 is an impressive list of safety features. From the road-sensing intelligent bi-xenon headlamps to the rear-view camera, every part in between features the best in safety features. The 57's Parktronic system senses nearby obstacles and alerts the driver to where they are with illuminated and audible signals on the dash and rear cabin ceiling. The front airbag system has a two-stage, situation-dependent triggering system. All four seats feature side airbags plus separate curtain airbags. The Maybach 57 is also equipped with a Distronic system that monitors other vehicles to the front and not only alerts the driver if they are too close, but applies the brakes as well.

As the Maybach 57 and 57S are hand-built vehicles of very limited production, the elite few that own one find it to be the ultimate vehicle for business and pleasure. Those that use it for business find that it is a perfect vehicle to conduct business on the road and truly impresses their clients.


by Tammy Lettieri

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