This year at the Geneva Motor Show, Maybach – the luxurious automaker owned by Daimler has presented the 57S model.
Nothing new, and most probably it will be the last motor show where we will see this brand after Daimler said it will stop the production in 2013.
According to the AutoWeek insider, the plan is to continue to sell both Maybach models (57 and 62) through the end of 2013, after which the fifth-generation S-Class will go on sale. When that happens, three new variants of the S-Class will be available, including an all-new, range-topping S600 that brings back the Pullman moniker and may be better suited to competing with the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
The S model is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that produces 620 horsepower (up 16 from 2010) and 738 lb.-ft. of torque.
The S trim features touring-tuned suspension with thicker stabilizer bars, monotone paint, carbon fiber and piano black interior trim and new 20-inch alloy wheels. Options include three-place rear seating, ventilated front and rear seats, a solar module for the cabin ventilation system, and customer-specified paint schemes and interior materials.
The Maybach brand was resurrected by Mercedes-Benz in 2002 following its failure to purchase the Rolls-Royce and Bentley brands from then-owner Vickers. Mercedes-Benz lost both brands to Volkswagen, which then ceded control of Rolls-Royce to BMW.