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 62, basically a stretched or "limo" version of the full-sized (and how!) Maybach 57, matches its rivals in virtually every way desired by the upper crust but one. The Maybach 62 is almost insanely fast for such a large sedan, the "base" Maybach 62 powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 that generates more than 540 horsepower while the Maybach 62 S got a 16 horsepower boost this year for a total of 620 horsepower. The Maybach 62's interior can be customized to almost anything the buyer can imagine from accent material to seat covering color and hue. The base model alone includes 10-way heated seats that massage, premium audio system with 21 speakers, and standard rear row cooler.
The Maybach 62 currently suffers a lack of "panache," design-wise, compared to its rivals. The exterior looks like a stretched version of the last generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and is even built on the same chassis. Compare this to rivals, whose looks are unmistakable (especially Rolls-Royce). The interior of the Maybach 62, lavish by any standard, looks too modern, too S-Class, to convey the original 1920 Maybach.
Recently, Mercedes scratched plans to discontinue the luxury lineup. Instead, the automaker is in talks with deluxe automaker Aston Martin on how best to sell the brand to its rich but finicky customers.
Body style: sedan
Engines: 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12, 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12
Transmission: five-speed automatic
Models: Maybach 62, Maybach 62 S
There are no significant changes for model year 2012. In 2011, Mercedes-Benz tuned up the Maybach 62 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.
Though the original Maybach appeared in the Roaring Twenties, the current model debuted in 2002 as Mercedes-Bends answer to its rivals' luxurious offerings. There have been very few updates since then, and the Maybach 62 continues to look a longer version of its popular S-Class. For 2012, the exterior was refreshed slightly. Otherwise, the Maybach 62 carries basically unchanged into the new model year.
As a longer version of the already spacious Maybach 57, the Maybach 62 interior is 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 might become nervous.
The Maybach 62 separates itself from rivals with its exclusive reclining heated back. A built-in refrigerator unit is also standard.
Performance & Handling
The Maybach 62 and the 62 S are powered by powerful V-12 engines with the difference summed up as "fast" and "faster." The sedan's straight-line acceleration matches most sports cars, yet the ride is always compliant at any speed. Only in tight turns does the Maybach 62's large body become a hindrance, but that's the fault of the owner, who should have switched over to his Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG for such a drive.
As expected from a Mercedes-built vehicle, the 2012 Maybach 62 is full 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 62: 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway
Maybah 62 S: 10 mpg city/16 mpg highway
You Won't Like
- German restraint
- Option pricing
Top-of-the-line S-Class, but longer
If You Like This Vehicle
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- Rolls-Royce Phantom