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Touted as one of the most luxurious cars on the planet, the Maybach 57 (named as such because it is 57 decimeters long) is based on a previous-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class platform. It is fitted with one of the German automaker's engines. Hand-crafted and meticulously appointed, the Maybach 57 remains one of the most exclusive vehicles in the world.
Befitting its rarity, the 57 is also very expensive (while it is an entry-level Maybach, its base price is above most others in this small segment). In addition, with a curb weight of more than three tons, the four-door barely passes as agile and fun-to-drive — despite the concept that the standard-wheelbase Maybach 57 was designed to be owner-driven. Fuel economy is rather unimpressive.
After being updated last year, the 2012 Maybach 57 is unchanged this year. Maybach recently announced that it will cease sales next year.
The 2012 Maybach 57 is a four- or five-passenger four-door luxury sedan. It is sold in only one body style, but in two trim levels: 57 and 57S.
The Maybach 57 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V12 rated at 543 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The more powerful 57S features a larger 6.0-liter V12 engine which has been tuned to deliver 620 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels, is standard on both models.
Standard equipment on this well-appointed sedan includes a full leather interior with exotic wood trim. All accessories are power-operated and each passenger door features a pneumatic door closing assist and infinite hydraulic door stays. Other standard equipment includes Maybach's electrohydraulic brake system (known as Sensotronic Brake Control), Airmatic dynamic suspension system, Bi-xenon headlamps, Distronic adaptive cruise control, a Bose audio system and more.
The options list includes electronic rear door closers, retractable four-way adjustable tray tables, three-passenger rear seating (replaces the two-passenger configuration), electric sliding fabric curtains, active ventilated seats, solar-powered ventilation and an external communicator (for conversation with someone outside the vehicle without having to lower the window). And finally, owners of the 57S are offered the optional Flacon Perfume Dispenser to "create a unique aromatic experience at the push of a button," says Maybach.
The EPA rates the fuel economy of the 2012 Maybach 57 (both versions) at 10 mpg city and 16 mpg highway.
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