Maybach is getting sexy. Keen to throw off the conservative image that surrounds its leather-lined limousines, the upscale Mercedes-Benz off-shoot has thrown its technical expertise behind this dramatic-looking one-off coupé, the Exelero, bankrolled by German tyre company Fulda.
The 700bhp twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 two-door has been created to promote a new Fulda tyre – the Exelero – as well as to showcase Maybach’s ability at individualising cars to exacting customer requirements. It’s a big departure from Maybach’s 57 and 62 limousines.
Styled by a team of German design students, the Exelero’s exterior harks back to the designs of early Maybachs, in particular the SW38 commissioned by Fulda for high-speed tyre testing on autobahns, which was destroyed during World War Two. It was this car that prompted Goodyear-owned Fulda to approach Mercedes about the possibility of building a modern equivalent.The Exelero is based on the rear-wheel-drive underpinnings of the 57 and was constructed by specialist Stola in Italy. At 5890mm in length, 2150mm in height and 1390mm in width, the Exelero is larger all round than the already imposing 57, but seats only two people.