The world’s most luxurious new car – the Maybach 62 – this week made its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York on board the legendary ocean liner, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Prior to its world premiere in Wall Street, New York on 2 July, the Maybach 62 travelled by train from the "Maybach Manufaktur" factory in Sindelfingen, Germany to the water’s edge in Southampton. The most precious cargo ever carried by the liner, the Maybach is encased in a special glass container. The car was loaded onto the QE2’s Sun Deck by a floating crane on Wednesday morning prior to leaving for the United States at 17:30.
Its journey will take the Maybach 62 along the 50th parallel, before dropping onto the 48th, and rounding the tip of Newfoundland. Six and a half days and 3100 nautical miles (3570 land miles) later, the ship will travel up the Hudson River and dock at a pier in Manhattan. Each day on board lasts 25 hours because of crossing time zones, giving passengers on board the QE2 ample opportunity to admire the Maybach’s attractive styling and indulgent equipment levels.
After an absence of over 60 years, Maybach has returned with two luxury cars that will continue the tradition of engineering excellence and opulence started in the 1920s.
Embracing advanced and modified technology from its Mercedes Benz stablemates, the Maybach 57 and 62 will be technological showcases.
Powered by a 550 hp, 900 Nm bi-turbo 5.5 litre 12-cylinder engine – the world’s most powerful production unit - the new Maybachs perform supremely and cosset their occupants thanks to enhanced Airmatic DC air suspension and SBC™ "braking-by-wire".
Like all Maybachs, the car on-board the QE2 has a lavishly-appointed interior. Customers have a choice of supple leather, deep carpets and exquisite wood trim. Rear passengers of the 6.17 metre-long Maybach 62 enjoy unmatched levels of comfort from two individual chairs. These can be electrically reclined, and include automatically extending leg and foot supports, all at the touch of a button. There are on-board telecommunications, as well as two flat panel colour monitors, which can show either television channels or the built-in DVD player.
The first journey of the world’s most luxurious car is aboard the world’s most famous ocean liner – a wholly appropriate way to travel to its world premiere.Published 27 June 2002