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2012 Maybach 57

  • 2012 Maybach 57 Base Sedan

    Base Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      543/664
    • ENGINE
      5.5L V12
    • MSRP
      $376,300
  • 2012 Maybach 57 S Sedan

    S Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      16
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      620/738
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V12
    • MSRP
      $416,200
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2012 Maybach 57 Review

Top-of-the-line S-Class

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview
Mercedes-Benz, in response to the never-ending comeuppance wars with its German rivals, purchased the German supreme lux brand Maybach in 1960 in answer to BMW's Rolls-Royce and Volkswagen's Bentley brands. The Maybach 57 matches its rivals in virtually every way desired by the upper crust but one. The Maybach 57 is almost insanely fast for such a large sedan. The "base" Maybach 57 is powered by a 5.5 liter twin-turbo V-12 that generates more than 540 horsepower while the Maybach 57 S gets a 16 horsepower boost this year for a total of 620 horsepower. The interior can be customized to almost anything the buyer can imagine from color pallets to seat covering materials and hue. The base model alone includes 10-way heated seats that massage, premium audio system with 21 speakers, and a standard rear row cooler.

The Maybach 57 currently suffers a lack of "panache", design-wise, compared to its rivals. The exterior looks like a last generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class, albeit stretched, even riding the same chassis. Compare this to rivals, whose looks are unmistakable (especially Rolls-Royce). The interior of the Maybach 57, lavish by any standard, looks too modern, too S-Class, to convey the original 1920 Maybach.

In 2005, Mercedes-Benz wowed the public with the Maybach Exelero concept. Recently, Mercedes scratched plans to discontinue the luxury lineup. Instead, the automaker is in talks with also-deluxe automaker Aston Martin on how best to sell the brand to its rich but finicky customers.

The Range

Body style: sedan
Engines: 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12, 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12
Transmission: five-speed automatic
Models: Maybach 57, Maybach 57 S

What's New

There are no significant changes for model year 2012. In 2011, Mercedes-Benz tuned up the Maybach 57 S formidable 6.0-liter V-12 to generate 620 horsepower. Apparently the prior 604 horsepower was just too anemic. Both the supercar's exterior and interior got a refresh, with seats getting new stitching and badges.

Exterior

There are no significant changes for model year 2012. In 2011, Mercedes-Benz tuned up the Maybach 57 S formidable 6.0-liter V-12 to generate 620 horsepower. Apparently the prior 604 horsepower was just too anemic. Both the supercar's exterior and interior got a refresh, with seats getting new stitching and badges.

Interior

The Maybach 57 interior is a spacious area lavished with premium leather and plastics, real wood accents, aluminum accents, or basically anything the buyer customized and (legally) available courtesy of the Maybach relationship manager. Pricing, though, jumps leaps and bounds per option to the point where even the mega rich start getting nervous.

The Maybach 57 separates itself from rivals with its exclusive reclining heated back. A built-in refrigerator unit is also standard.

Performance & Handling

The Maybach 57 and the 57 S are powered by powerful V-12 engines with the difference summed up as "fast" and "faster". The sedan's straightline acceleration matches most sports car, yet the ride is always compliant at any speed. Only in tight turns does the Maybach 57's large body become a hindrance but that's the owner fault, who should have switched over to their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in such a drive.

Safety

As expected from a Mercedes-built vehicle, the 2012 Maybach 57 is chockfull of active and safety features including front, side, and side curtain airbags for both rows; antilock brakes (ABS); traction and stability control (ESC). Optional features include front and rear parking sensor system and backup camera.

EPA Fuel Economy

Maybach 57: 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway
Maybach 57 S: 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Luxury
  • Engine
  • Customization

You Won't Like

  • German restraint
  • Option pricing

Sum Up

Top-of-the-line S-Class

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