Our tame racing driver helps kicks off Evans's CarFest motor show...
You are here
Maybach 57 news - The maddest Maybach yet? - 2007
A couple of weeks ago, we asked you to come up with your
own strange Maybachs.
You didn’t disappoint - hell, some of them were downright
disturbing - but it looks like tuner Brabus has trumped you all in
This is the Mercedes specialists’ take on the Maybach 57, a
modified limo that Brabus claims to be the fastest ultra-luxury saloon in the
How fast? 205.2mph, since you ask, a record just set at the
Nardo test track in Italy. That’s the same place that the Brabus Rocket - a
tuned-up version of the Merc CLS - clocked 227mph last year, and it’s the same
bi-turbo 6.3-litre V12 that powers the warp-speed Maybach.
It develops a massive 730bhp and, just as impressively,
811lb ft of torque. That figure has actually been limited from 974lb ft by the
engine electronics… presumably to prevent the Brabus from ripping a big
hole in the space-time continuum.
In finest tuning fashion, the Maybach gets 21-inch alloys
and has been lowered by 15mm, too. Don’t assume that it’s some stripped-out
racer, though: Brabus has gone to work on luxurising the interior with a pair
of 15-inch flatscreen tellies, an on-board computer with wireless keyboard and
mouse, and - naturally - lambs’ wool floor mats.
All very nice, but where’s the washing machine?