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As we reach speed, I recline my seat to horizontal. Outside heavy clouds thunder over the countryside but inside it’s warm–my seat heater is on, and so is the function. The down-and-leather pillow my head gently cushions my and I gaze forward through eyes, nearly asleep now in the cabin.

I can see the cockpit instruments at me far in the distance. Despite our velocity, a inertia overtakes me while Eleven plays on the crystal-clear, panel DVD screen, my legs on a leather recliner, surround headphones cradling my cranium. The guy next to me asks if I want Dom Perignon from the champagne in the armrest, and we toast with silver flutes (no crystal lest we crash) to our great fortune.

If this sounds flying on a private jet, you be far off. Except I wasn’t in a V. I was in the new Maybach 62, perhaps the greatest accoutrement of the jet set ever devised.

though it can’t get from New to London in six hours, the Maybach can do about everything else. everything, but, sorry, no Unsurprisingly, though, you will to pay jet set prices as well. Even U.S. prices have not released, in Europe the prices for the wheelbase Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62 are $310,000 and $361,000, respectively. Not you can get one tomorrow.

Production for the U.S. start until March, and nearly a yearlong waiting already (only 500 cars a to North America and another 500 to the of the globe), Maybach has no shortage of

Remarkable, you say?

Not at all, say officials, who are, by the way, of DaimlerChrysler. They explain Daimler has had the rights to the Maybach for decades. Back in 1998, BMW and Volkswagen got into a high-stakes war over Bentley and Rolls-Royce, Mercedes division folded its early, knowing it had an extra to play.

Shortly thereafter, to revive the Maybach–a once and exceedingly rare pre-war luxury car of which only very expensive examples produced–were hatched.

Apparently, officials knew exactly they were doing. If you to Paul Halata . CEO of Mercedes-Benz as we did back in July when the first hit U.S. shores in a splashy New York City he’ll coolly explain there was already pent-up for the car. That, in fact, 8,000 annual sales of Mercedes cars (these thousands more than base, C, E, CLK, CL, SL and S-class since they offer engines, colors and interior Mercedes customers have the and the cash for something even more exclusive.

In fact, to studies by DaimlerChrysler, 8,500 worldwide pay more than for luxury goods each not just cars but yachts, homes, even vacations and Halata thinks convincing people to instead buy from one year, rather than Harry Winston, won’t be a sell.

And given the vast of customization possible–from interior and colors; from woods, and stone trims; from and humidors–those with the means find it hard to resist the to express themselves in a realm heretofore really hasn’t Sure, Bentley and Rolls-Royce argue the contrary, that cars have always this level of customization. But machines haven’t been roomy, this technologically or built by a company known for engineering and sound quality.

To put it more bluntly, Rolls-Royces and break down. Although, might change, of course. will see a nearly $1 billion over the current decade by Volkswagen, and BMW is pouring money, and high-tech manufacturing into

But at the very least, Maybach has a jump on Rolls, and Bentley as big or as fresh as the newcomer German.

what Maybach is banking on. and all the details you can find out more by clicking below. One caution: The few sections merely provide a of what this car is about.

is one of the most complex pieces of ever made available to and an exhaustive overview would hundreds of Web pages.

57 Or 62?

There are two the 57, standing for a 5.7-meter-long car, and the 62, also for the car’s length in (The latter car is more 20 feet in length, almost 2 longer than a Ford only a few American full-size trucks with four-seat and 8-foot beds are longer.)

The between the 57 and 62 is pretty obvious: The 57 is to be driven by its owner; the 62 is all about a passenger in the backseat.

Both get a remarkably fluid 5.5-liter good for a stunning 550 horsepower and a 657 foot-pounds of torque. And, in the two Maybachs won’t differ all much mechanically, but some of the of the longer car’s rear will not be available in the 57, such as the roof (see Backseat ) and the reclining seats, not to mention the legroom.

Trust us, you can still back in style in the 57, with up to 6 feet 6 inches tall easy comfort. But with the 62 unlikely to want to ever whereas with the 57 you could a chauffer occasionally and drive the rest of the time.


If ever ridden in the back of a limo, you know the problem these cars. They engineered from the beginning to the purpose they do, so their are all wrong. The seats are too low, so legs just sort of there, the same as they do you cram yourself into one of little desks for the parent-teacher at your child’s school.

you get legroom, but you don’t get real

The Maybach 62, though, was built the backseat forward. Even you climb aboard, this obvious. The rear door is and hinges almost to a right so a woman in an evening gown, for can easily get into a Maybach 62 struggle.

By the way, it also that the roof of the Maybach is than 5 feet high, so crouching is required.

Once you get inside, you can pull on a small toggle mounted on the by the door seal. This the door–via an electric motor–so you have to awkwardly reach out and the handle. Just sit back and it by only lifting an index

Now, about where actually seated. We’ll get to the various finishes, leathers and so on in the and Electronics section. but for now trust us the many kinds of leather, wood and so forth are superb.

But you are sitting may be the most memorable of all. First, you’re than five feet the driver, so the position itself is one of luxury. No joke: This car several inches higher an S-Class, so you truly look on other cars–though not on SUVs–and the forward is so seemingly distant you can easily ignore the rigmarole of and concentrate on your work or comfort. (There are hidden so you can communicate with the driver shouting, just in case was a worry.)

Now then, those are incredibly flexible, depending on want. In their fully position, they are very akin to a first-class airline well bolstered and not nearly as or as industrial-feeling as one might find on a aircraft. A true vintage, club chair is more it–but with better support.

We found the straight-backed perfect for note taking on the but easily deployable foldout (one for each rear that, again, like on a flip over your

But unlike on any airplane we’ve these tables feature undersides (to prevent snags on silk trousers) and wood and are edged in machined aluminum a chrome coating.

Not scribbling furiously like this

Then recline the seat at the touch of a button; slide the seat backward if you need legroom; drop the backrest if you prefer; and yes, deploy the support to fit the contours of your leg. And by all means, extend the too, since this can even a very tall man chair length to have his only slightly flexed the chair is fully articulated.

not done here. You can turn on the massage function for your and there’s a heating and cooling as well. (For the latter, air is through perforations in the seat to perspiration.) And because you truly are the of your own Maybach, there are memory settings for each position, which you might for work, relaxation and socializing, you choose.

By the way, even if got the seat fully reclined and out, the backrest will revert to the upright position in the of a severe accident (to prevent and the seatbelts protect you in all positions as And, just to be extra there are ten airbags deployed the car.

If you so choose, you can get a retractable partition that fits the driver and passenger compartments. effectively reduces all backseat to a mere murmur up front (we it out). Additionally, the owner in the can turn the glass opaque at the of a switch–a liquid crystal inside the glass becomes when charged and turns when the electric charge is off.

Further privacy is enabled a curtain for the rear window functions electrically) and with two cell phones. Why would the owner need two? One as the primary phone for the car, a second handset up front for the (or personal secretary) so said could answer your while you snooze.

Meantime, number and phone is available to the Maybach owner, in case you your private calls to that way. Both are parked in the center console of the seat.

Like the partition, the roof also utilizes the of liquid crystals. This nearly a square yard in sheds natural light on the of the rear cabin. Moreover, the can be “closed,” with a liner between the inner and outer layers, blocking natural Or if you choose, the roof, like the can simply be made opaque, out about one-quarter of the light.

But the beauty of the roof is how it looks at

An electro-luminescent membrane bathes a orange glow over the and can be adjusted for intensity via a small wheel on the rear center The experience of sitting under shower of warm light is for even the most jaded or It is positively uplifting.

Customization And

Believe it or not (we’re inclined to it), Maybach claims its can customize the car 2 million different This includes, of course, the 17 paint colors for the exterior you have to assume the many in which these colors be combined because of two-tone the six choices of leather, three of wood, the choices of silver get the idea.

The point is, without getting into the actual options available with car, the surfacing choices may require consulting with an decorator. Especially since any you want inside or out for leather or or paint can likely be made as It will cost you, but clearly is willing to try to give the everything he or she wants.

But for the sake of let’s say you pick a fairly arrangement: a two-tone black and car (a chrome rail divides the two of color on the exterior) and a prominent theme inside. Even so, still be yards of hand-sewn leather to cover the seats, top of the and upper panels of the doors, and yet nubuck leather (a more material) for the lower surfaces of the panels and for the underside of the dash.

The said cherry, right? could also pick amboyna or California burr just slapped around the Rather, a triple-section lamellar louvers) strip, about 2 wide, wraps around the car at chair-rail height. Piecing together requires hundreds of and support structures, and the joinery is all by hand.

Aluminum trim the lower portions of this

Offsetting the wood bits, are also inlaid under and fitted across parts of the are piano-black lacquer switches. are finished in the same way that the of a Steinway piano is painted. no accident: It’s done as a to Steinway, which actually Maybach cars to its U.S. in the 1930s.

Options are nearly For example, precisely how and what you in the various compartments of the car can be decided to precise specifications. Our Maybach 62 vehicle had wedge-shaped flip-open mirrors designed to fit into slots in hidden on-door

There are several other throughout the cabin. That console between the rear-seat can contain a refrigerator large to hold a bottle of wine or plus several small of water. There are also storage containers for champagne metal cups, a humidor, a container and so on.

Further tailoring can be to the entertainment system of the car, but it rather well appointed the outset. There are dual TFT flat-panel screens on the back of the seatbacks (in the 57) and on the partition wall (in the These are sourced from and are, shy of plasma technology, the monitors we’ve witnessed.

for these screens is fed from an DVD player that rests in a at shoulder level between the two seats, where you’ll find the CD changer and inputs for devices, like video-in for a MP3 player or laptop. Although specifications have not yet been set, Maybach officials say all of devices can be programmed into an remote control for the entire system.

Maybach officials say that if, for example, a customer a wireless keyboard for a laptop a built-in docking station so the could be displayed on the rear-seat such a setup could be configured. One client already has for a cordless setup for an electronic so he can hear the music he’s over the sound system in time.

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But even this likely won’t have with the 21-speaker, 600-watt, sound system. This new Bose sonic network all audio inputs into sound at every seat in the an effect that is somewhat but at any volume seems to perfectly the music or, say, video into a soundstage effect–you as if you’re standing in the crowd at a Matthews concert.

Besides the there are so many more we can’t go into here, but we mention that all Maybachs can be with extra-thick glass and features that make resistant to small arms This is equivalent to the level of already offered on some cars under the Guard

Front Seat

You might the front seat wouldn’t with this car, but if you to get the 57, you will want to drive, us.

But be prepared. This isn’t a big car, at 19 feet–it’s a big driver’s and cabin. If you’re big, good, but if you’re smaller, at you’ll feel dwarfed in the 57.

though the wheel and seat are adjustable, you need to drive for a few not just sit at the wheel, to get comfortable.

That said, sitting is a real joy. You get the same and heating benefits of riding on the aft plus steering-wheel heat, for your lumbar…and a very, complicated navigation, audio and control center at the heart of the Maybach officials say they’re tweaking these systems, but we by tweaking they mean

You couldn’t drive this car a co-pilot, as it is currently devised.

much of what you’ll up front will be similar to you might know from an Only more so. The same lacquer used for the switches in the of the cabin are found up front, but are more buttons, more trim and more hand-done than in any S-Class.

The feeling is of in a car that’s more modern say, a Bentley, but still one devised with a sense of

We’d like to say it’s as up front as it is in back, but if it were, take your eyes off the

Oh yes, that old thing of the car and working the pedals. Well, as we you will want to drive Maybach 57–for one thing it’s fast, and for another, it handles the way no 5,800-pound car ever

First, the speed.

The twin-turbo in the Maybach is just the definition of seamless juice. It’s no or Ferrari (if you can afford this car you already have one of these in the garage anyway). But at autobahn where we tested the 57, its power for you want to hustle from 60 mph to 120 mph in a exhilarating.

A huge whomp of kicks in as you floor it to blow by yet lumbering truck or even a 5 BMW, and you’re shot 150 mph and beyond with mighty

What should also be right here is that you can hear the engine at such of unbridled fuel consumption, this is the quietest car we’ve been in. And yet that doesn’t it feels removed from the As a driver, especially at speed, the maintains earnest grip, no

There is a sense of great at 150 mph that we’ve never in any sports car, mostly of the immense heft of the Maybach.

too, even in the nastiest we had to plow through, remains and precise. And the brakes–some of the largest on any passenger car, by the way–are fantastic, with dual calipers and a system that bites the discs in the wet so that is wrung from the rotor when your foot on the pedal. This doesn’t wear because no pressure is to the disc, but it does reduce distances considerably.

One thing we like is for the air suspension (auto leveling and dampening) to have a ultra-rigid setting. As it is, the car utilizes Active Body Control to counter roll force in a and the car will knife through you’re not expecting it to make–or you think a Forbes reporter have any business attempting.

But the feeling isn’t as precise as prefer. Yes, the driver can stiffen the shock setting by a switch near the transmission to in a stiff and yet stiffer ride. And we did But the 57 is a tall, heavy car, and it on fairly high-sidewall, 19-inch tires.

No doubt this is ideal for smooth travel imperfect surfaces, but we think a sidewall and a stiffer suspension might allow for sharper, confident cornering.

Purchasing a is complicated. First of all, the Maybach studios (located at top dealers nationwide) won’t any cars. Rather, each car is like a yacht.

At the studios, will talk with a liaison who will have at his or her every possible color on existing, wallet-sized metal and these can be combined magnetically each other. That way you can see how a color combination car might before you order.

Wood, and stone samples will be shown to customers, so that can feel the materials used for and seating.

Once the customer on a few possible combinations, the hypothetical car is into a high-powered computer and the vehicle is displayed on a wall-size Customers can be shown every view of the car both inside and out and can ask to see finishes or exterior colors so can home in on precisely what want.

After the car is commissioned, the is expected to take about to ten months, although production for models will not begin next March. Six weeks to completion of the car, a package be sent to the customer confirming all colors and options, at which the customer can change some should he or she desire.

The long for a Maybach, apparently, is fine customers.

Professor Jürgen . board member of DaimlerChrysler AG in of development, production, purchasing and of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars as as the Maybach, says this is not only willing “to devote the to get every detail right” in the car but also “understands that it a great deal of time to get a handmade product.”

After Hubbert emphasized at a recent with the press in Sindelfingen, where the Maybach will be “this customer already has you can imagine; they can and are even to wait for what is akin to a jet on wheels.”

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