Maybach - The World Premiere | Part Two

Mercedes Benz Maybach 62 Interior

Maybach

Individuality: approx. 2.2 million permutations

Everything needed for entertainment, communication and sheer pleasure during a journey in the Maybach is included as standard: from a DVD player to a TV receiver, from a refrigerated compartment to a cordless telephone with two handsets. At the same time the extensive range of standard equipment leaves plenty of scope for individuality - another way in which the luxury brand is following the tradition of the legendary Maybach cars of earlier years:

The extensive range of standard and optional equipment gives Maybach customers over two million ways of equipping their high-end luxury car to their personal taste. All this can also be complemented with high-quality accessory items which have been specifically developed for the Maybach - from a luggage set to a champagne goblet of sterling silver, from a humidor to a golf bag and from floor mats of the finest velour to a fluffy travel rug.

  • Maybach customers have a choice of six Grand nappa leather colours and three types of fine wood.
  • A range of 17 paint finishes is available for the exterior, and as a further elegant feature of the Maybach these may be combined to produce a two-tone colour scheme.
  • Approx. two dozen additional extras are available as technical equipment to satisfy personal requests or requirements. These include further, exclusive Mercedes innovations for even greater comfort and travelling enjoyment - for example the proximity control system DISTRONIC, the access and locking system KEYLESS-GO, a unique panoramic roof with electrotransparent glass or active seat ventilation.

Because the Maybach is made in the modern "Manufaktur" - a manufacturing facility in which craftsmanship plays a major part - and in very small numbers averaging five vehicles per day, it is possible to meet further individual customer requirements and thereby make each of these luxury cars unique in its own way.

Engine: peak values for output and torque

The newly developed engine of the Maybach reflects the long years of experience and great expertise of DaimlerChrysler in the development, design and production of twelve-cylinder power units - DaimlerChrysler is the world's largest manufacturer of V12 engines for passenger cars. With a displacement of 5.5 litres, and with the help of bi-turbo charging, the Maybach engine develops an output of 405 kW/550 hp, with a maximum torque of 900 Nm already available from 2300 rpm. This gives the "Type 12" power unit the highest output and torque of any series-production car engine in the world. Thanks to three-valve technology and highly efficient catalytic converters it already complies with the strict exhaust EU 4 emission limits which come into force in 2005.

These high output and torque values guarantee effortless Maybach performance in any situation: the Maybach 62 accelerates from zero to 62.5 mph in just 5.4 seconds, and thanks to the high torque a sprint from 37 to 75 mph takes only 6.5 seconds.

Refinement: a new dimension

In conjunction with this superlative amount of power, the Maybach goes beyond conventional automotive standards. The comfort offered by the suspension and the almost complete absence of engine and wind noise predestine the Maybach 62 to be a chauffeur-driven car. Yet its surprising agility is in marked contrast to previous offerings in this segment. The interplay between the engine, with a scarcely detectable automatic transmission, the precise steering and the way the brakes respond when needed put it in a new dimension for driver and passengers alike.

Safety: occupant protection with ten airbags

In addition to a highly sophisticated body structure, the exemplary safety technology of this high-end luxury motor car includes a total of ten airbags -- two adaptive airbags with two-stage gas generators for the front occupants, four sidebags and two large windowbags on each side of the interior. The three-point seat belts with automatic comfort-fit, high-performance belt tensioners and belt force limiters are integrated into the seats and can therefore develop their full protective action in any position. By virtue of these sophisticated safety features the new Maybach passes the stringent crash tests prescribed by the European and American NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) with flying colours.

The Maybach's high level of handling safety is assisted by the innovative Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC™) braking system developed by Mercedes Benz, which features two central control units, two high-pressure reservoirs and two hydraulic units in the case of the Maybach. This means that this high-end car is equipped with a total of eight braking circuits, while internally ventilated front disc brakes, each with two callipers, ensure reliable deceleration.

Maybach in the UK

The Maybach 57 and 62 will go on sale in the UK in the spring of 2003. Final prices and specifications will be announced nearer the launch date. Please note that all data in this pack is for European-specification cars and should therefore be treated as provisional.

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Published 2 July 2002 Melanie Carter
 

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