Mercedes-Benz owns the lesser known Maybach brand. Fewer people recognize the brand due to its exclusivity. Even against other luxury vehicles, Maybach cars come at a high price. Only a small group of drivers can afford this luxury manufacturer. As one of the most luxurious vehicles on the market, the 2005 Maybach 57 earns recognition for its exclusivity and prestige as well as its performance.
The Maybach 57 provides the shorter of the two models available. However, despite being shorter than the 62, the Maybach 57 remains larger than most luxury sedans. The design of Maybach sedans assumes that anyone who buys one can also afford to hire a chauffeur. As a result, the rear passenger seats feel more comfortable and larger than those in most sedans. Rear passengers also have access to a self-contained entertainment system that operates separately from the front system. The front seats feel comfortable, with access to numerous features, as well, so the vehicle proves just as fun to operate as to ride in.
Maybach cars come built to order and do not arrive until five months after purchase. A used Maybach 57 rarely enters the market, so most purchasers need to order a new vehicle directly from Maybach. For buyers willing to spend the money a Maybach 57 commands, the market offers few vehicles at any price that can match the 57 in luxury and performance.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.5-liter twelve-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: Maybach 57 Base
The 2005 Maybach 57 only marks the second year of production for the 57. In addition, since each 57 gets built on demand, models show more variance between than normally possible with other cars. The only major addition consists of the addition of an optional Business Package, which includes a wireless router and a color printer.
Measuring in at 225.3 inches long, the 2005 Maybach 57 stands out as a large sedan, although it measures significantly shorter than the Maybach 62. The smaller length might be aesthetically more pleasing to some buyers, since it has less of a stretched appearance than the longer 62. The Maybach 57 looks gracious and elegant with alloy wheels, a chrome grille, and a close attention to detail. The rear roof can be replaced with panoramic, electrotransparent glass to alter the amount of light that passes through it. Other features include heated power mirrors and one-touch power windows.
Despite remaining smaller than the Maybach 62, the Maybach 57 still has a large and roomy interior for both front and rear passengers. Charcoal filters, heated leather seats, leather and wood trim, a cooler, four-zone climate control, a heated leather steering wheel, and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror provide standard equipment. The standard 2005 Maybach 57 entertainment system proves better than most home systems, with two CD players, a DVD player, separate front and rear audio, 21 Bose speakers, and a subwoofer installed. The features round out with a voice-controlled DVD-based navigation system, a voice-activated phone, and a built-in satellite telecommunications service.
Performance & Handling
The Maybach 57 offers excellent performance and handling. The turbocharged 5.5-liter, twelve-cylinder engine provides 550 horsepower, giving the 2005 Maybach 57 amazing acceleration despite the high weight of the vehicle. The Maybach 57 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The maneuverability and agility of the Maybach 57 proves superior to many smaller vehicles, which seems very surprising given the extreme weight and fairly large size of the vehicle. The Maybach 57 just barely outperforms the Maybach 62 but not by a very wide margin.
The Maybach 57 comes fully loaded with almost every safety feature available on the market. Unlike many vehicles, the Maybach takes the safety of the rear passengers just as seriously as the driver and front passenger. The 2005 Maybach 57 includes dual front and side airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, emergency braking assist, an engine immobilizer, electronic brake force distribution, stability control, and traction control as standard features. The safety features also get help from the above average weight of 6000 pounds.
EPA Fuel Economy
Maybach 57: 11/16 mpg city/highway
- Powerful twelve-cylinder engine
- Smooth ride
- Excellent performance
You Won't Like
- Expensive, even by luxury sedan standards
- Terrible fuel economy
- Constructed on demand
One of the best-equipped vehicles available at any price range.
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