The 2011 Maybach 57 is a luxury four-door sedan that rivals the Rolls-Royce in many ways and outdoes it in others. The Maybach 57 is very tidy, business-like, and full of extra features and options that make it an ultra-luxury vehicle.
The Maybach represents one of three luxury sedans sold by an ultra-luxury division of the Mercedes-Benz company. The current Maybach vehicles appeared in 2002 after a long hiatus; the original Maybach vehicles debuted way back in the 1920s. Since the Maybach is part of a Mercedes-Benz division, it shares many qualities with Mercedes-Benz. The Maybach has fantastic engineering, solid body construction, and a variety of features other cars don’t offer.
Body style: sedan
Models: 57, 57 S
Engines: 5.5-liter V-12, 6.0-liter V-12
The 57 S adds the bigger engine, 20-inch wheels, high-performance tires, a lower ride height, and a sportier suspension.
The 57 comes with a laundry list of standard features, including 19-inch wheels and a self-leveling suspension. The ultra-luxurious 57 doesn’t even require its passengers to close the door. All doors come equipped with a hydraulic stays that prevent them from swinging into passengers. A slight push closes the door enough for it to latch itself. Additional features include keyless entry and ignition and bi-xenon headlamps.
The Maybach 57 shows off a flashy cabin. The 57 recalls visions of the Mercedes-Benz S-class vehicles. This also means that the controls look a bit old and lack the class and quality of the Rolls-Royce. The rear seats offer superior comfort; mostly because people who can afford this car have drivers. The back seats are heated, recline, and provide plenty of legroom. Between the seats sits a center console that contains a refrigeration unit for cold beverages. Controls in the center console also manage the dual-zone climate control system in the rear of the car.
Other interior features include a sunroof, power rear sunshades, 10-way power seats with heating, massage controls and memory settings, four-zone climate control and a refrigeration unit. The entire interior is leather, and the steering wheel has tilt and telescoping ability. Technical features include integrated Bluetooth, a navigation computer, a rear-view camera to help park the boat, a DVD entertainment system, and a 21-speaker Bose sound system to get the best possible sound from the satellite radio, integrated iPod, or six-disc CD changer.
. The Maybach 57 offers many options, which mainly revolve around the rear seats. Options include extra rear-seat entertainment and a three-person back seat. Ventilated front and rear seats are optional. For the executive on the run, rear picnic tables prove convenient, and rear curtains provide privacy.
A commissioning studio option for the vehicle allows the buyer to customize the car to meet personal preferences. The standard options offered in the catalogue and on the website do not represent the full selection of what the customer can have in the 57. A Maybach Relationship Manager will act as liaison between the customer and the engineers to create the best car for the customer. If you want different interior upholstery, just ask. However, as with everything else on the 57, these customizations come at a price.
Performance & Handling
The Maybach 57 houses a 5.5-liter V-12 engine that produces an amazing 543 horsepower with 664 lb-ft of torque. The 57 S contains a slightly more powerful engine, a 6.0-liter V-12 engine that produces 620 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. The car will go zero to 60 mph in about five seconds, a bit slow considering the engine, but the car weighs too much to expect more.
Adaptive cruise control keeps the vehicle at a consistent speed.
Safety features on the Maybach 57 include side airbags for the front and rear passengers. Full-length curtain airbags provide optimal safety. Anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera make the 57 one of the safest vehicles on the road.
EPA Fuel Economy
Maybach 57: 10/16 mpg city/highway.
- Available customization options
- Powerful engine
- Roomy interior
You Won't Like
- Relative lack of luxury at this price
- Inferior handling
Suits the executive, the diplomat, and the CEO
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