It's hard to find a luxury sedan that offers more than the 2009 Maybach 57. It not only provides the kind of interior features that keep you in your seat long after you turned off the engine, it also has the kind of performance that can get you in trouble if you don't pay attention. Not that you would try . . . but the S model can reach 172 mph on a long, straight road. If you have a lead foot, then this car might be too much for you.
The 2009 Maybach 57 also remains an extremely heavy car, which comes with some disadvantages. It doesn't handle well on tight curves, and it doesn’t enjoy weaving in and out of traffic. Keep it on the straight and narrow, though, and it's a dream come true for car enthusiasts who don't mind paying a premium price for a premium sedan.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 5.5-liter V-12, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Maybach 57 base, Maybach 57 S
The 2009 Maybach 57 shows no major changes.
From a distance, you might mistake the 2009 Maybach 57 for a Mercedes. As it approaches, though, you start to wonder why that Mercedes looks so stretched out. The 57, of course, owes its look (and much of its engineering) to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, so that should be expected.
The 2009 Maybach 57, in other words, has a pleasing look, but it doesn't stand out as something truly special. Perhaps that explains why owners feel a slight pang of jealously when they see someone cruise by in a Rolls-Royce. Then again, who doesn't?
The 2009 Maybach 57 offers a luxurious interior that makes you wish your commute lasted a little longer. It comes standard with power rear sunshades, leather upholstery, and heated bucket seats in the back. The true luxury stands out in the car's 10-way power front seats with heat and massage settings. Just don't fall asleep on the way to work. It also comes with a four-zone automatic climate control system, a rear beverage cooler, and a navigation system.
The 2009 Maybach 57 keeps you and your passengers entertained during even the longest drives. The DVD entertainment system uses a 21-speaker surround-sound system built by Bose. It has an in-dash CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, and a six-CD changer. With that kind of system, you might prefer to watch movies in your car rather than in your living room.
Buyers also like that they can customize the 2009 Maybach 57 in just about any way they want. If you can think of a feature, you can have it. That makes each car a truly unique experience that matches the driver's preferences in every way.
Performance & Handling
Getting a 6000-pound vehicle to move quickly takes a miracle of engineering. Luckily, the engineers at Maybach know how to perform miracles. The Maybach 57 base model contains a twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter V-12 that offers a staggering 543 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. The S model's engine does even more. This six-liter V-12 pumps out 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. All of this power means that you can get the heavy Maybach 57 to hit 60 mph from a starting position in about five seconds.
Ordinarily, anyone would find this impressive. Given the weight of the car, though, it seems nothing less than stunning.
This behemoth of an engine means that the Maybach 57 offers a fun drive, especially when floating down a straight highway. The quiet, smooth ride belies how much power you have under the hood, until you check out the speedometer and realize you've been breaking the law for the past 50 miles.
Hit some country curves, though, and it tells a different story. The 2009 Maybach 57's weight resists sharp turns, making it feel like you might careen into a ditch at any moment. Take it slow on the curves.
The 2009 Maybach 57 offers an impressive list of safety features. Some notable features include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, side airbags for the front and back seats, and full-length side airbags. It even has a rear-view camera and parking sensors on the front and back to prevent minor dings.
EPA Fuel Economy
Maybach 57: 10/16 mpg city/highway
- More power than you need
- Luxurious interior
- Smooth, quiet ride
You Won't Like
- Hard to maneuver in heavy traffic
- Extremely expensive options
- Some parts feel like a Mercedes holdover
A luxurious sedan with impressive features and a price that makes it exclusive.
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