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Why Does the Maybach 62S Cost

By Amy Ma

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The isn’t the most expensive car in the but it is the highest-price line of autos by Mercedes-Benz. The 62S model of the Maybach the maker’s answer to the Rolls-Royce and costs 8 million Hong dollars (about US$1 And that’s without extras.

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The received a facelift last and small changes were to the exterior, including a larger grille in front, more mirrors, new wheels with 20-inch alloy hubcaps in a sterling silver color for the 52S and 62S and daytime LED driving headlights driving lights are mandatory on sold in the European Union; but disagree on whether they cut on the rate of traffic fatalities). Of all the models available in Hong the 62S has the most powerful engine. Oh, and the “S” for “special.”

The 62S was a popular Christmas gift Hong Kongers, according to the and all 60 of its available models sold out in months. Now, there is an waiting list for the car.

At the dealership in Hong Kong a space with a terrace Repulse Bay and an open bar senior Karin Hoo explains why the car costs figures.

More colors: can choose from 18 different colors, including the newest “New Bahamas Blue” (a sky blue). That’s four than the standard number in Mercedes Benz models. Of as with all luxury cars, the can be painted any color under the for an extra fee.

Sheepskin interiors: High-grade interiors are standard and each is upholstered with a single of uncut hide. Buyers between two colors: black or


Back-seat recliner: Most owners rarely sit in the front of their car; they chauffeurs.

Fashioned after airplane seating, the Maybach seat reclines to a nearly position and comes with a leg and tray table on the side why they call the Maybach a on wheels,’” Ms. Hoo says. The back has 84.5 centimeters of legroom.

Perfume atomizer: Forget those paper air fresheners hang on the rearview mirror. Maybach 62S is fitted with a atomizer built into the vent. That’s guaranteed not to the fine leather interior or (no doubt) bespoke or haute clothing, of course.

Swiss and scent manufacturer Givaudan two scents just for the Maybach: a green tea and more-masculine agarwood.

An meter: Most Mercedes models are roughly five long; the Maybach 62S as its name is 6.2 meters. “We name the car in the same way are named after their Ms. Hoo says.

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A glass roof: With the of a button, the glass roof from opaque to clear to let in light (it’s made a liquid-crystal membrane of conductive plastic, and an electric current in the changes the view). Another triggers a cover to close the glass roof completely.

Turn on the side LED lights, the edge of the window, for softer lighting. “The idea is to just the right ambience the prefers,” Ms. Hoo says.

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Engine: With a 12-cylinder, engine, the Maybach 62S can hit 100 kilometers an in just five seconds a second faster than luxury sports cars). It can hit a speed of 250 kilometers an hour. The name, in fact, comes engineer Wilhelm Maybach, who the engines of the first Mercedes.

Entertainment system: Two 9.5-inch monitors are installed in the back of the seats. The monitors can play or connect to the Internet through the built-in WLAN wireless Sound is surround: 21 speakers, by Bose, are strategically placed the car for what Ms.

Hoo calls “concert-hall And everything is controlled via a center with a remote control in the and front seats.

Customizable “Each Maybach is meant to be and personalized to the customer’s own preferences,” Ms. Hoo Ask and you shall receive, the dealership from adding your crest to the seats to installing a in the back.

But there isn’t a list of from which to choose up to the customer to ask. Previous have included the family etched onto the glass, fax and cigar humidors.

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