When Daimler resurrected the Maybach as a standalone brand in 2002, the German automaker wanted to create a competitor to Rolls-Royce, Bentley and others. A few years before its reintroduction, the brand hinted at its plans with the Benz Maybach Concept at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show, a prototype that later evolved into the production Maybach 57 and 62. Daimler wanted to sell around 2,000 copies per year with at least half of them coming from the United States, but that plan never materialized.
In total, just over 3,000 Maybach units were sold and the German manufacturer decided to stop production in 2012, due to the unprofitable operations of the Maybach brand at the time. Today, the Maybach 57 and 62 are quite rare birds in the used car market, and a new video is brought to us by the Tedward chain on Youtube shows us a 2004 model. This particular car was priced at around $ 350,000 when it was new and that is probably one of the main reasons the model never hit its expected sales numbers.
Nonetheless, the Maybach 57 is an opulent four-passenger sedan that has a stately appearance and plenty of luxury features. To some extent, considering how rare it is, it’s a ‘new classic’ and seeing one in such good shape makes us very happy. Of course, luxury features aren’t the only aspects of this car that make it unique. For example, this sedan has six brake calipers, as the front wheels actually have two calipers on each side, based on two separate electric brake systems.
The 57 version was the shortest of the duo at 225.5 inches (5,728 millimeters) in length, and in this configuration the limousine had a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V12 engine. Good for 542 horsepower (405 kilowatts) at 5,250 rpm and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque between 2,300 and 3,000 rpm, the 12-cylinder unit powered the Maybach 57 from a stop at 60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometers per hour) in 5.1 seconds. Weighing in at around 6,030 pounds (2,735 kilograms), the car had a better power-to-weight ratio than a Honda S2000.