Maybach 62 S – for sporty chauffeurs

With the introduction of the newly developed 62 S model, the engineers at Sindelfingen-based Manufaktur workshops have developed the perfect car to be chauffered in. And powered by a Mercedes-AMG-enhanced V12 powerplant developing 45 kW/62 hp more than the engine specified for the Maybach 62 (that's now 612 HP...) the driver should have some fun too.

The new flagship model in the Maybach range is celebrating its world premiere at the "Auto China 2006" international motor show in Beijing in November – a move which expends its range of high-end luxury saloons. The Maybach 62 S is primarily designed to be chauffeur-driven.

 Maybach 62 S – for sporty chauffeurs  Maybach 62 S – for sporty chauffeurs

Prominent exterior features accentuate the new Maybach 62 S and clearly distinguish it from the 62 model. These include a modified front end with a redesigned radiator grille as well as new, distinctive 20-inch spoked wheels and a modified light-cluster design. Like the 57 S model, the new Maybach 62 S boasts single-tone paintwork in black or silver, both of which are available exclusively for the "S" models. Alternatively, customers can now specify a special paint finish in shimmering white.

 Maybach 62 S – for sporty chauffeurs  Maybach 62 S – for sporty chauffeurs

In the interior of the 62 S, high-grade materials are hand-finished for a distinctive and exclusive look. Carefully coordinated applications of piano lacquer, carbon-fibre or anthracite poplar create an atmosphere of elegance both in the rear compartment and in the driver's.

The twelve-cylinder engine in the Maybach 62 S has a displacement of six litres and an output of 450 kW/612 hp by virtue of a twin turbocharger and a water-type intercooler. The maximum torque of 1000 Nm (electronically limited) is available over a wide engine speed range between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm. With acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in only 5.2 seconds, the new Maybach 62 S demonstrates its outstanding performance potential. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h in chauffeur-driven vehicles.

Text: Classic Driver
Photos: DaimlerChrysler

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