Maybach 57 Still Looks Cool After 17 Years

When Daimler resurrected the Maybach as a standalone model in 2002, the German producer needed to create a competitor of Rolls-(*57*), Bentley, and the likes. Just a few years previous to its reintroduction, the marque hinted at its plans with the Benz Maybach idea from the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, a prototype that later developed to grow to be the manufacturing Maybach 57 and 62. Daimler needed to promote roughly 2,000 copies per year with at the very least half of them coming from the United States, however that plan by no means materialized.

In complete, somewhat over 3,000 Maybach examples have been bought and the German producer determined to cease its manufacturing in 2012, resulting from unprofitable operations of the Maybach model on the time. Today, the Maybach 57 and 62 are fairly uncommon birds on the used automobile market, and a brand new video dropped at us by the Tedward channel on YouTube exhibits us a 2004 mannequin. This explicit automobile had a value of about $350,000 when new and that’s in all probability one of many fundamental causes the mannequin by no means reached its projected gross sales numbers.

Nevertheless, the Maybach 57 is an opulent sedan for 4 passengers that has a stately look and lots of, many luxurious options. To a sure extent, given its rarity, it’s a “new classic” and seeing one in such fine condition makes us very completely satisfied. Of course, the luxurious options aren’t the one features of this automobile that make it distinctive. For instance, this sedan has six brake calipers because the entrance wheels even have two calipers on all sides, primarily based on two separate brake-by-wire techniques. 

The 57 model was the shorter of the duo with its size of 225.5 inches (5,728 millimeters), and on this configuration, the limo had a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. Good for 542 horsepower (405 kilowatts) at 5,250 rpm and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque between 2300-3000 rpm, the 12-cylinder unit propelled the Maybach 57 from a standstill to 60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometers per hour) in 5.1 seconds. With a weight of about 6,030 kilos (2,735 kilograms), the automobile had a greater power-to-weight ratio than a Honda S2000.

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