The seemingly-endless list of Maybach options gives customers over two million ways of equipping their car to their personal taste. Here are some of the outstanding specifications of South Africa's latest super luxury saloon.

The seemingly-endless list of Maybach options gives customers over two million ways of equipping their car to their personal taste. Here are the specs for South Africa's latest super luxury saloon.

The vehicle's interior is the epitome of ergonomic design. It is constructed from high quality materials - among them more than 100 exquisitely-crafted and hand-fitted items in fine wood integrated in a sea of leather trim. This, in conjunction with a silent ride (by virtue of sound-damping padding throughout the vehicle) and four-zone climate control systems, should result in a cosseted ride.

Occupants will be treated to a 600 W sound system with Dolby surround sound at every seat, ambient lighting and - exclusive to the Maybach 62 - aircraft-style fully-reclining seats.

Travellers' every entertainment and communication needs are catered for in the Maybach. There's a DVD player, TV receiver, a refrigerated compartment and cordless 'phone with two handsets.

Furthermore, high-quality accessory items such as a custom-made luggage set, sterling silver champagne goblets, a humidor for cigar aficionados, a golf bag, floor mats of the finest velour and a fluffy travel rug, have been specifically developed for the Maybach.

Maybach customers have a choice of six nappa leather colours and three types of fine wood. A range of 17 paint finishes is available for the exterior, and they can be combined into two-tone colour schemes.

Aluminium, wood and electro-chromatic glass are used for the partition between the front and rear seats on the Maybach 62 (if the option is specified). The lower section is a laminated wood-aluminium construction, while the electrically retractable upper section is of laminated glass.

This glass possesses the same special technical characteristics as the panoramic roof of the Maybach 62: electrotransparency. As an intermediate layer, the glass has a liquid crystal membrane of electrically conductive plastic whose crystals arrange themselves in such a way that the glass is transparent when subjected to an electrical voltage. When the voltage is switched off the liquid crystals lose their ordered structure and the glass becomes opaque.

This technology is also used employed in the sliding liner for the optionally available panoramic roof in the Maybach 62. This is lined with an electro-luminescent membrane (EL membrane) which is switched on at the touch of a button when closed and emits a pleasant, diffused light over its entire surface. A potentiometer in the rear centre console enables rear passengers in the Maybach 62 to regulate the illumination of the EL membrane and the ambient lighting.

Standard electronic systems fitted in the Maybach include: electrohydraulic braking system, sensotronic brake control, the electronically controlled air suspension system Airmatic Dual Control, Linguatronic voice control, and Comand APS control system.

The Maybach's "Type 12" twin-turbo 5,5-litre V12 engine reportedly delivers more power and torque than any other standard-production saloon car engine in the world. It develops peak power of 405 kW and maximum torque of 900 N.m at 2 300 r/min.

The Maybach 57 is claimed to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 5,2 seconds, sprint from 60 to 120 km/h in 6,2 seconds and achieve an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.

But the powerful saloon has a Sensotronic brake control (SBC) system that can cope with the awesome power of the Mercedes-Benz engine. The braking system features two central control units, two high-pressure reservoirs and two hydraulic units. In other words, Maybachs are equipped with a total of eight braking circuits and internally-ventilated front disc brakes, each with two calipers.

In the event of an accident, a total of ten airbags - two adaptive 'bags with two-stage gas generators for the front occupants, four sidebags, and two large windowbags on each side of the interior.

The automatic comfort-fit three-point seat belts, high-performance belt tensioners and belt force limiters are integrated into the seats and can therefore develop their full protective action in any position.

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