Maybach Landaulet: Million-Air
This sparkling white one-off study of an open-top landaulet from Maybach aims to “re-enliven the great art of building majestic automobiles”. The study is based on the Maybach 62 S – which can claim to be the world's most powerful series-produced chauffeured saloon.
True to the tradition of exclusive landaulets, the roof can be opened fully at the rear, while the chauffeur's compartment remains completely enclosed. Seated in opulent armchairs upholstered in white leather, the passengers are treated to a luxurious open-air experience with an unobstructed view of the sky above. The roof is operated electro-hydraulically by the chauffeur, via a switch in the centre console. Opening and closing the roof takes 16 seconds.
As well as the shining Antigua White paintwork of the study, other visual highlights include the 20-inch, specially designed wheels, which are also painted in white with high-sheen spokes. They are accompanied by white indicators at the front and rear light clusters in dark red. The passenger compartment is fitted out almost completely in Seychelles White leather. The footwell and roof liner are also in white, while the floor is carpeted in white velour and the roof lined with white fabric. Contrast is provided by inserts and decorative trim in glossy, black lacquer or black granite with numerous gold inclusions.
Meanwhile the driver's compartment of the successful Maybach 62 S has been enhanced in a number of respects. All the interior trim is now surfaced in black lacquer, set off by glossy black leather.
The Maybach Landaulet study is powered by the uprated V12 engine developed for the Maybach 57 S and Maybach 62 S, which develops 604bhp from its 5980cc.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
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