This is the Maybach coupe, a £560,000 limited edition production by German based enginering specialist Xenatec.
The Bentley Brooklands and Roll-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe rival, which will ride on the same underpinnings and be powered by the same engine as the Maybach 57S, is planned to be built in a limited run of 100 cars at the company’s workshop in Weinsberg, Germany.
The project has the blessing of Maybach parent company, Daimler, which has carefully followed the car’s development and will supply built up 57S chassis from its nearby Sindelfingen based manufacturing headquarters.
Depicted here in a series of official sketches issued by Xenatec, the Maybach coupe is set to receive a bespoke body that, while retaining its sedan sibling’s 5730mm length, has been widened considerably to 2180mm and lowered to around 1480mm.
Secrecy surrounds the originator of the new car’s design, although Daimler does not deny its in-house styling department, headed by Gorden Wagener, has had a hand in its contemporary appearance.
The recently reworked grille and front end styling of the facelifted Maybach 57S revealed at the recent Beijing motor show remains but the rakish new coupe boasts more heavily angled windscreen and a B-pillar that has been moved back by 200mm to accommodate longer doors. The C-pillar also extends further back to provide the coupe with a more sporting air.
Powered by the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine as the Maybach 57S, the new coupe will pack a sturdy 612bhp and 737lb ft of torque. No performance claims have been made for the new car, though Xenatec hints the Maybach coupe won’t give anything away to its more formal saloon sibling, which is claimed to hit 62mph from standstill in 5.0sec and reach a top speed of 171mph.
Supporting the new car is returned air sprung suspension featuring wider tracks and 20-inch wheels aimed at providing it with a more sporting character than today’s Maybach models.