Some luxury automobiles are so far removed from the realities of everyday life that their very existence goes virtually unnoticed except by those wealthy enough to actually afford them. These, including the 2004 Maybach 57, are the ultra-luxurious machines reserved for only a select few.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.5-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Maybach 57
The 2004 Maybach 57 debuts for the first time as a brand new model.
The 2004 Maybach 57’s number designation reflects the vehicle's length in decimeters (225.6 inches long on a 133.5 inch wheelbase). It's more likely to be owner-driven whereas its longer twin is likely to be chauffeur-driven. With an exterior styling that carefully balances classic and avant-garde features, its doors, hood, and fenders are decked out in the finest aluminum, while atop sits an electro-transparent panoramic glass roof that can control the amount of natural light that enters the cabin. Fitted with 19-inch tires and standard bi-xenon headlamps and is available in a 17 exterior colors and an even six for the inside cabin.
The 2004 Maybach 57 has an upwards of 80 separate items that are trimmed in the finest wood, making the space a virtual playground for opulence-sake. Here’s a sampling of what buyers get: fully reclining rear seats, four-zone climate control, charcoal scented air filter, standard TV set with a 9.5-inch TFT flat screen that includes a DVD player, 21 Bose premium brand speakers, subwoofer, voice-activated phone with two handsets, voice-directed navigation system, a refrigerated compartment, complete luggage set, sterling silver champagne goblet, golf bag, and a fluffy travel rug.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Maybach 57’s powertrain derives from a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter, V-12 engine that delivers 550 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. While it's an impressive amount of power, it's necessary to consider all that’s onboard, bringing the curb weight in at 6290 pounds. Furthermore, it's able to pull its three-ton weight from zero to 60 mph in five seconds.
The 2004 Maybach 57 is swimming in safety and security features, which include stability/traction control, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and height adjustable headrests with whiplash protection. A virtually unheard of 10 airbags are also installed: two adaptive front airbags, four side-impact airbags, and two large curtain-type airbags on each side of the interior cabin.
EPA Fuel Economy
Maybach 57: 11/16 mpg city/highway
- A luxurious interior cabin that defies imagination
- Smooth, controlled, quiet ride
- Excellent handling
- Great acceleration for a three-ton vehicle
You Won't Like
- A price tag that defies imagination
- Bland and surprisingly unexceptional exterior
- Terribly low fuel economy
An exceptionally luxurious take on a hand-crafted British ultra-opulent four-door sedan.
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