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Jan. 6, 2003
LA Auto Show
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Maybach: Move over Bentley, the King of Prestige Cometh
By Steve Litscher
Executive Editor

(Monday, January 6, 2003 8:00 AM PST)

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You say you've got an extra $300-grand lying around that you don't know what to do with? Why not give the good folks at Maybach a call, and ask them to assign a PLM (Personal Liaison Manager) to you? That's exactly what happens when you decide to take the plunge and purchase what is perhaps to be the most exclusive automobile in the history of mankind.

The first thing that your PLM will help you with is your decision between the Maybach 57 and the Maybach 62 model. The difference between the two is substantial - the smaller 57 (18.3 feet) is meant to be owner driven, while the 62 (20 feet) is meant to be chauffeur driven. After you've decided whether or not you want to be bothered with the driving chores yourself, you will probably need to bring in your personal interior decorator, who will then work with your PLM to design the interior so that it will suit your very discerning tastes.

Your designer and PLM may decide to outfit your Maybach with remote controlled video screens and electronically dimmed privacy screens, DVD players, fax machines, laptops for you and your passengers, various leathers including grand Napa, supple Napa, Neubuk, and of course the obligatory cherry wood trims.

Unfortunately, you won't have a say in the powertrain department - Maybach has you covered there with their twin turbocharged, 3-valve per cylinder, 550 horsepower V12 that also happens to develop an impressive 660 ft-lbs of torque at just 2300rpm. One might expect all of that power to make the Maybach a bit nose-heavy, but the super engineers from Sindelfingen have managed to keep the engine's weight to just 595 pounds.

Order the Maybach 62, and you'll be sitting in what is essentially a greenhouse on wheels with a large, comfy, reclining set of seats in the back. The 62 features a very cool optional electrotransparent cabin screen and electroluminescent glass roof - in other words, it's like sitting in a glass bubble that can be dimmed to block the sunlight with the simple flick of a switch. Very cool.

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