DaimlerChrysler has slotted the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG's 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 into the Maybach 57 to create the world’s most expensive sports saloon, the 57S.
At £289,900, the 57S is only £2000 less than the bigger 62, but it’s significantly more powerful, with 604bhp over the regular car’s 543bhp. Torque rises from 664lb ft to a mammoth 737lb ft, electronically limited to protect the drivetrain. The engine, built by hand, features improved lubrication systems, beefed-up main bearings and redesigned combustion chambers.
It gives the 57S the ability to crack 62mph in 5.0sec, but it’s the quoted 50-75mph time that’s more impressive at just 3.7sec. Top speed is limited to 171mph.
To give the 57 the road manners to deal with the power, Maybach has lowered the car by 15mm, added thicker front and rear anti-roll bars and stiffened up the settings on the electronic Adaptive Damping systems. It rides on 20in alloys with 275/40 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres, specially developed for the car.
On the outside, Maybach has redesigned the 57’s radiator grille and the rear bumper to accommodate the two triangular tail pipes. Unlike other Maybachs, the 57S is not available with two-tone paint. Inside the car gets piano lacquer and carbon trim, and the leather is available in black or two-tone black and white.