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Maybach 57 Zeppelin

First Drive: 2010 Zeppelin

For $500,000 you can smell as as a rose.

The Maybach Zeppelin cost between $450,000 and The crystal perfume atomizer is but the iPod cable isn’t.

The it’s often said, are from you and me.  That for their cars, as well.  How do you spending half a million for an automobile?  Is it the exclusivity?  The unique The cavernous cabins, the horsepower…or else entirely?

The folks at have, at various times, “all of the above,” when the price tag on their various which start at $358,000 for the Maybach 57 sedan, and run all the way up to $1.4 for the Landaulet, the most exclusive for this most exclusive of Now, they’re adding the Zeppelin, which is just into a limited production

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To get a better of the marque’s appeal, we headed to the lush French Cote to spend a few days at the Chateau Martin with an assembly of and former Maybach owners, and to get a to drive the brand’s newest

Our 2010 Maybach Zeppelin car came with this atomizer. But the iPod car was an option.

is actually an upgrade to the short-wheelbase 57 and 62.  The name is borrowed not the legendary dirigibles that the skies in the years prior to War II – using engines provided by the old manufacturing concern – but rather one of the most elegant automobiles built during that age of luxury automobiles.  The first car to feature a V-12, it was produced by the Maybach Motor company, was one of all so many casualties of the Great

There’s a world of difference the luxury cars of that era and today.  Curiously, it’s perfume atomizer that the at Maybach spent much of time hyping during the preview.  The only feature of its you can load it with your perfume and it will provide a at preset intervals.

The system is though we were surprised to that one of the few options on the otherwise Zeppelin is an iPod connector to the otherwise state-of-the-art audio

While the wood and leather is distinctly Maybach, many of the components are shared with the S-Class.

Now, to be fair, a lot more to the Maybach than a crystal atomizer and the crystal flutes carefully stored in the

In the rarified atmosphere where the marque competes, leather and are essential details, and few do a better job these basic materials.  The door panels, for example, are up in 62 layers.  With the Zeppelin, as all Maybachs, you can opt for just about any combination, inside or out, you might imagine.  Have a tie or shade of lipstick?  They’ll it, though the recommended cabin is California Beige accented Stromboli Black.

The exterior a unique paint package.  As the “base” Maybach sedan, a two-tone, but here the lighter stripe is limited to the “shoulders” of the rather running down the lower half of the vehicle.  interesting touch is the chrome finish of the new 20-inch wheels, appear to change shades as the car There are now four exhaust on the limited-edition Zeppelin.  And the double-M ornament now adds the word,

The back seat of the Maybach 62 is positively cavernous, with the opening like those in Class.

For those who prefer to their time sitting in the box whether relaxing or getting done while a chauffeur the driving, the Zeppelin 62 offers an you can’t easily match.  is, first of all, a fold-out similar to what you’d in Business Class on most If you tire of the slick A/V system, the electroluminescent roof, which can from clear to backlit at the touch of a button.

The shorter 57 still offers a cavernous seat and the same basic package, though the seats are conventional and the trick roof is This is more of a driver’s as we discovered on the mountainous passes the heart of Provence.

Both of the Maybach sedan are powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 making 640 – 24 than before.  And despite heft, there’s enough to sink you deep into the if you slam the accelerator pedal to the Torque, by the way, is limited to 738 – a still admirable number – to damage to the five-speed transmission.

Maybach 57 Zeppelin

The original, pre-War Maybach was the first V12-powered German The new biturbo V12 makes 640 horsepower.

We a bit surprised that the automaker to send us racing off on the back roads of southern France.  spent quite a bit of time over the years, testing a of vehicles, though these lanes are more suited for a sports car, like an Martin DB9, than a big like the Maybach Zeppelin.

The maker has done an admirable job to balance the suspension of the 62, trying to a balance between a classic, limousine and something a bit more but nonetheless, after 15 minutes in back, as we hooked around corners and blind switchbacks, our colleague asked us to pull for a moment, catching her breath getting into the front seat.

The smaller 57 was more on our return drive down the roads.  Driven aggressively, the end did a much better job maneuvering the corners, no longer flinging around like the back of a fire truck on an emergency It’s no surprise the smaller car has a top speed of 171 mph while the bigger tops out at 155 mph.

Maybach officials intend to just 100 copies of the new Zeppelin.  might sound like a but considering that the entire might not see many more 200 customers this year, not quite as significant as it first seem.

Maybach plans to only 100 Zeppelins.

The Zeppelin with the long-wheelbase body set you back $605,500, a nearly premium over the sportier and almost $190,000 more the standard Maybach 62.  For the Zeppelin, Maybach is getting an $89,000 upgrade over the 57.

Is it worth it?  Depends on how you your money.  And we’re not flip.  One of the potential customers we to values every minute of the day at a figure we’re unlikely to earn.  So having the room to out in back of a Maybach 62 Zeppelin and while his chauffeur takes him one meeting to the next is more a luxury; it’s a financial At least in his mind.

The reality is that there are few folks in that position.  And then, in the current environment, frugality is a positive attribute, among the rich, it’s to make a case for the new Maybach.  But if got the money, and are looking for the most outfitted car you can buy, the 2010 Zeppelin just might be you need.

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