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2016 Mercedes-Maybach Is Elite Sophistication

Posted in Editorials, Extreme Luxury, Grande Marque, Luxury Sedans, Maybach, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Maybach with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2015 by 99MilesPerHour

“Nil fato relinquemus”

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The Mercedes-Maybach is an intriguing new Flagship with the core values of a German precision automotive legend. It characterizes a modern expression of dynamism, intelligence, and progressivism. The new Mercedes-Maybach has a specific character yet it draws unmistakably from the Mercedes-Benz genetic pool. It will also encompass the engineering prowess and paramount concern for safety, which made the Mercedes-Benz brand famous.

The Mercedes-Maybach debuted at the Geneva Motor Show February 17, 2015. These magnificent luxury saloons will be available as the S500, S550 exclusively for the US market, the S600, and the ultimate achievement in motoring…the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limousine.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S600 top…Mercedes-Benz S600 bottom…to differentiate the two, the Maybach S600 rear doors are modified placing the rear door quarter windows into the “C” pillars, and placing the rear seats further back which affords more privacy for rear seat passengers. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 uses chrome to frame the windows and “B” pillars. It has a longer length than the Mercedes-Benz S600 which provides more room in the rear passenger compartment as well. They both have lovely, luxurious silhouettes.

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The Mercedes-Maybach is not a mere trim level, to clear up any misconceptions. It is an ultra-luxurious sub-brand of Daimler AG that blends the integrity and engineering achievement of the S-Class with the heritage and prestige of the Maybach name. These are even more exclusive than the S-Class which places the Mercedes-Maybach in a luxury class all by itself. It has been created for customers who demand the best in automotive design and manufacture.

Maybach DS 7 Two Maybach DS 7s, 1930 - four-door convertibles in front of the Zeppelin factory in Friedrichshafen

Wilhelm Maybach

The Maybach legend dates back to 1909 when it was founded by Wilhelm Maybach. The company built diesel and gas engines for zeppelins which are a type of rigid airship. The company built their first experimental car in 1919, and built the production version in 1921. They built a variety of luxury cars between 1921 and 1940 which are now highly sought classics. Daimler-Benz bought the company in 1960. After which, the Maybach Company was used to hand-build special luxury Mercedes-Benz editions in the W108 and W116 model range.

1390 Maybach DS 7

Maybach 57 and 62 front

The Maybach name was revamped in 1997 with a luxury car concept shown at the Tokyo Motor Show. They showcased two models as the Maybach 57 and the long wheelbase variant Maybach 62 which are the model’s lengths in metric decimeters. These automobiles were advertised as chauffeur-driven and never owner-driven with exclusivity being the intent. The Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 were built from 2002 until production ceased in 2012. Only 3,000 were built during its tenure. Prices ranged from $344,000 USD for the Maybach 57 and $1 Million USD for the Landaulette.

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Maybach interior 1

Maybach 62

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Maybach 62 rear compartment

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Classic Maybach and Maybach 62

Maybach Zeppelin Just 100 vehicles made

 A special edition Maybach Zeppelin is limited to 100 built

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The Mercedes-Maybach S600 will augment this impressive new line-up in US markets. Prices will start at $189,350 USD. With a wheelbase exceeding 133” and a total length of 214.7”, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 saloon is a substantial automobile guaranteeing a smooth journey. The interior will offer two versions. The rear passenger compartment may be ordered as a 3-seat configuration or a 2-seat reclining style for added comfort. Amenities will include heated/air-conditioned and massaging seats, heated arm rests, and a 1540 watt Burmester 3-D surround sound audio system with 24 speakers.

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Reclining rear seats have extra cushions for the headrests

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Beautiful hand-crafted veneers available

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Gracious appointments abound in this luxury barouche

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Additional luxury amenities for the Mercedes-Maybach S600 includes a Driver Assistance Package (Intelligent Drive), Magic Body Control, Night View Assist Plus, a Warmth and Comfort Package that includes a heated windscreen, Head-Up display, LED Intelligent Lighting System, an Executive Rear Suite Package, Rear Seat Entertainment System, and the Air Balance Package. Due to the exclusivity of these magnificent saloons, they can be as unique as the owner’s request.

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The LED ambient lighting is mood enhancing

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As with all Mercedes-Benz motorcars there are no light bulbs

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Rear Seat Executive Suite

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Mercedes-Maybach S600 is unique among luxury motorcars

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Power for the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is derived from a 6.0 litre V12 bi-turbo engine that will produce 523 hp with 612 lb-ft of peak torque @ 1,900 rpm. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-60 mph in 5 seconds. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 inherits all contemporary design and engineering from Mercedes-Benz.

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Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

600 Pullman

The ultimate achievement in motoring is the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousine. This luxurious saloon has been the choice for government officials, heads of state, royalty, and other assorted high-profile individuals for decades. For its 50th Anniversary, a new top of the range position has been launched as the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limousine. It is chauffeur-driven high-end automotive luxury that is traditionally associated with the brand.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limousine is a bold new statement of exclusivity and supremacy. It proudly showcases the attributes of the next generation of the formal limousine. Its all-new design is a “High-end luxury-class motor vehicle with a proud pedigree.” This magnificent motorcar has the size and tasteful appointments that are important to luxury limousine clientele.

It follows the tradition of elegance, grace and dignity set forth by its predecessor. Its luxury length of 255.6″ allows passengers to stretch out and relax. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limousine will continue to be the choice for dignitaries and high-profile personas based upon its stateliness and regal stature.

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An automobile of such eminence requires a passenger compartment to cosset its occupants in a manner to reflect extraordinary comfort and convenience. It’s the rear passenger compartment that makes a difference. Mercedes-Maybach calls it “the club lounge.” Two standard specification VIP or executive seats, face forward in the direction of travel. These seats luxuriously cradle the occupants with electrically adjustable recliners that are ergonomically correct. The head restraints have an extra cushion for comfort. Two additional seats face the executives’ seat for face-to-face contact.

The generously sized and tastefully appointed club lounge reflects the high-end luxury associated with the Maybach legend. The entire interior of the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limousine is upholstered richly with hand-stitched leather augmented by diamond quilting. An electrically operated glass partition separates the passenger compartment from the chauffeur’s compartment for the ultimate in privacy. Being a highly bespoke automobile, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limousine is available with unique opportunities to make each as distinctive as its owner’s requests.

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman limousine is the new status symbol. Prices for unarmored versions start at 500,000 EUROS or $566,922 USD. They are exclusivity at the highest level. These exquisite automobiles epitomize the brand. Their passengers are chauffeured in the lap of luxury.

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Contrasting Classic and Contemporary

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman and Mercedes-Maybach S600 saloon

From a blank sheet, creating a dynamic forward-looking design is best fulfilled by reinterpreting the essence of the past, at the same time introducing 21st century engineering. The culture of innovation and integrity are impetus to Mercedes-Maybach. Being true to its heritage yet contemporary, it is a distinctive new expression of an automotive legend. Technology and tradition are brought together with exceptional results. This is a dramatic beginning of a new era for the motorcar. The Mercedes-Maybach is a dynamic step forward in the ultra-luxury automobile arena…where only the strong survive –

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Mercedes-Benz 600 (1963-1978) (Internal Type Mercedes W100)

Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet 1

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Photos courtesy Mercedes-Benz Media Club

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The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach is NotoriousLuxury

Maybach Exelero Sports Coupe

Posted in Exotic Exotics, Maybach with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2013 by 99MilesPerHour

The Maybach Exelero coupe is a very special concept car created in cooperation with the tire producer Fulda………………..

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Maybach Exelero Sport Coupe

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On May 1, 2005 racing driver Klaus Ludwig drove the Maybach Exelero fitted with Fulda tires in Nardo, Italy and attained a top speed of 217mph, setting a new world speed record for limousines on series-production tires.

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The Maybach Exelero combines the elegance of a high-end limousine with the attributes of a sports coupe……………………………………………

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The Exelero was based on the Maybach 57, however, the 12 cylinder displacement of 5.6 litres was bored out to 5.9 litres with turbocharging optimized. 700hp waited under the hood to be released.

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……..The Maybach Exelero Sport Coupe will remain a concept forever

Tale of Two Luxury Saloons…

Posted in Editorials, Maybach with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2013 by 99MilesPerHour

…”It’s a far, far, better thing I do.”

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The legendary Maybach brand dates back to the 1900s when founder Wilhelm Maybach and his son Karl set out to design and engineer opulent luxury automobiles. Between 1921 and 1941 Maybach produced 1,800 luxury vehicles. The Maybach began its second generation building ultra luxury saloons in 2002. Daimler AG presented a luxury concept at the 1997 Tokyo Motorshow.

It was to be marketed as the Maybach 57 with the standard wheelbase and the Maybach 62 with the extended wheelbase. This car was targeting the Rolls Royce and Bentley markets trying to create a niche for itself. Maybach marketing never advertised the car as owner-driven vehicles. All of the action was geared to the rear suites available. The Maybach brand was originally revamped to be a 100% bespoke vehicle.Image

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Every Maybach was custom-built to each client’s specifications. And what better way to create the Maybach of your choice……than at the HQ and manufacturing facility. The Center of Excellence in Sindelfingen, Germany was home to a 7,200 square foot convention center that placed customer wishes first. Equipped with display galleries, lounges, and meeting areas, prospective Maybach clients gained insight to the car and its history. Five-star hospitality was extended in a manner befit the nature of bespoke elegance and decadent luxury. From cuisine, and on-site behind the scenes tours, to exclusive design consultations to create the Maybach of your dreams, the Center of Excellence presented over two million-plus combinations to make every Maybach purchase a unique experience. By special request, the client could visit and tour the Mercedes-Benz Museum or the Classic Center.Image

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Maybach offered as standard wheelbase, the 57 and AMG tweaked 57S. It offered the 62 as an extended wheelbase and an AMG tweaked 62S. The Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 were powered by an alloy 5.5 litre V12 engine that produced 543 horses. The Maybach 57S and Maybach 62S got the AMG refined alloy 6.0 litre V12 that produced 620 horses. The Maybach was a front engined-rear drive configuration that went 0-60 in the low five second range.Image

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The decadently luxurious Maybach Landaulet was a luxurious open-air passenger touring limousine. The roof could be opened fully at the rear while the chauffeur’s compartment remained closed. Opulent arm chairs upholstered in white leather lend an air to the majestic open-air environment. Opening and closing the power operated roof takes only 16 seconds.Image

The mechanics are based on those of the 62S. This is the world’s most powerful series-produced chauffeur driven saloon. A twin turbocharged 6.0 litre V12 engine produced 620 hp with peak torque at 738 lb-ft @ 2,000-4,000 rpm. The engine was refined by Mercedes AMG and excelled by virtue of its power delivery and imperceptible noise levels. This was a $1,380.000 (One-million, three-hundred eighty thousand US dollars) saloon.Image

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For the 2009 model year, the Maybach Zeppelin, once revered world-wide as the ultimate in high-class engineering in the 1930s – was added to the model line up as a limited edition 100 vehicle model. The Zeppelin was the extra special Maybach. A Zeppelin could be configured as a Maybach 57S or Maybach 62S. It was also the most powerful Maybach. Its alloy 6.0 litre V12 Biturbo engine produced 640 horses.

Signature Zeppelin features were its glamorous paint finishes, a shoulderline in a contrasting color , 20 inch alloy wheels, and unique options to create a truly unique saloon whether it be fitted as the 57S or 62S, this was first-class luxury. From the curving “Zeppelin” lettering on its hood ornament to the understated cabin, and overall fit & finish, it was truly the epitome of Maybach luxury. Pricey too: $524,000 for the 57S Zeppelin and $610,000 for the 62S Zeppelin. It was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show March 3, 2009 to attract curiosity. The first saloons were delivered September 2009.Image

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Daimler AG had predicted sales of 2,000 units per year world-wide with 50% coming from the US. In 2007, Mercedes brought back 29 US dealerships leaving a mere 42 dealers. In the 2010 model year Maybach sold only 157 vehicles world-wide. The Maybach’s poor driving dynamics early in its design combined with the fact that Mercedes failed to differentiate styling from the S-Class, were the first issues that created sagging sales.

While BMW kept its identity away from its Rolls Royce brand and the same with VW and their Bentley brand, Mercedes-Benz just kept the same design without any updates to technology, and, it looked like an S-Class. Rolls Royce and Bentley had a heritage that was built upon. The Maybach, and the way it was marketed….just “appeared.” Mercedes-Benz never hinted at classic Maybach styling cues in their design. For this reason alone, most automotive journalists regard the Maybach as “the bastard at the Mercedes-Benz family reunion.”Image

Another reason the Maybach flopped was due to the fact Mercedes-Benz used an aging S-Class platform stretching over-sized architecture upon it to make the Maybach. This was quickly acknowledged by the affluent buyers in this ultra-luxury segment. They didn’t get to this point in life by being stupid! They simply didn’t want a vehicle that aged 14 years when they drove it off the dealer’s lot. The Maybach brand always reminded me of an S-Class fighting its way out of a sausage casing. The Chief Design Engineer responsible for the Maybach should have been slapped beyond recognition only minutes before his termination from the company.Image

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On August 14, 2012, Daimler AG announced the end of the Maybach brand with the last Maybach produced December 17, 2012. The decision was made due to poor sales. Since the relaunch of the second generation of Maybach in 2002, only 3,000 Maybachs have been made. It may become an investment one day after they are all gone, but as for today, it was a luxury loss-leader with the emphasis on loss…..Image