At a princely sum of US$1.1 million, this car is not for the fainthearted. With over two million possible combinations of standard equipment options to choose from you’ll have to make a lot of executive decisions so boardroom experience also comes as a plus.
Luckily however, when you’re paying that much for something, a personal liaison manager is on call 24 hours a day to help steer you every mile of the automobile custom-design way.
After choosing your specifications, all you need to do is sit back and wait… five months that is.
So what’s so special about a Maybach anyway? And is it really worth waiting five months for? Let’s take for example the Maybach 62. At 6.2 metres in length, the Maybach 62 is the longest production sedan in the world.
For its interior appointments alone, over 100 handcrafted wooden parts are used and specialists cut a total of approximately 210 nappa leather sections to size, then sew them all together into 62 larger units for each Maybach- all by hand of course.
Fitted with a standard 21-speaker Bose Surround Everywhere sound system, the rear console of the car is the centrepiece for entertainment communications and travelling pleasure.
This is where Maybach engineers have grouped everything relating to the entertainment and pleasure of the rear-seat passengers: two individual television screens, a DVD-player, a six CD-changer, a cooler compartment with its own electric compressor and an intelligent system which holds glasses, goblets and champagne bottles safely in position.
What’s more, at the touch of a button, you can choose from twelve different ambient lighting schemes to stimulate your senses. The piece de resistance of this sophisticated lighting system is the Maybach 62’s panoramic glass roof.
Spanning the length of the rear passenger roof liner like an atrium, it allows light to flood the rear compartment, giving passengers a rare degree of control over the illumination of their surroundings.
Featuring a liquid crystal membrane of conductive polymer plastic, the way it works is when an alternating current is applied, crystals in the plastic membrane are re-arranged allowing the glass to become transparent and fill the rear of the Maybach 62 with daylight.
As soon as the power is switched off, the liquid crystals lose their transparent arrangement again and the light is fragmented in all directions. The glass becomes almost opaque, filtering the daylight falling on it to produce a pleasant diffused glow.
And to ensure that you are always informed, the current vehicle speed, outside temperature and time of day are displayed in three attractively styled dial instruments installed in a console in the car’s roof lining – leaving you to sit back and enjoy the ride.
With such impressive vital statistics – a 5.5 litre displacement, twin turbochargers, peak output of 405 kW/550 hp and peak torque of 900 Newton metres – this car has a higher power output and develops more torque than any other series production passenger car engine in the world.
The Maybach 62 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.4 seconds and can sprint from 60 to 120 km/h in only 6.5 seconds.
So that means you’ll never have to worry about being late for a meeting again.