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Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupe CAR review

By Georg Kacher


27 April 2011

This is the Maybach 57S Xenatec Swabian coachbuilder Xenatec is the Maybach 57 limousine into the Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupe – of it plans to sell 200 units at each, plus tax.

Coupes can be serviced at Maybach and Xenatec matches Maybach’s warranty. The Xenatec is therefore the you can get to an official two-door Maybach. suicide? We’ve had an early in the bespoke behemoth to find Read on for our first drive of the Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupe.

Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupe: salvation?

Maybach is a dying Its initial sales target was to 1500 cars a year, yet in its 1998 S-class-based limos attracted 200 customers, even mighty Daimler backing the Yet Maybach would be even off without its best customer, who is a Middle Eastern monarch nor a rapper, but a company by the name of

Xenatec took over a German manaufacturer, previously by Krupp-Deutz, which specialised in conversions, prototypes for the motor and armour-plated one-offs. And now the Swabian is converting Maybach 57 limos Xenatec Coupes.

If the Xenatec takes off, Xenatec’s will be rubbing their with glee: its wholesale on a new Maybach should be in the area of off the £270-£310k RRP. Even there is some serious and welding involved in the conversion follows, the Coupe’s £715k should still yield a profit.

Maybach 57S Xenatec Coupe: the story

Visual strong of the Fredrik Burchhardt-designed Coupe a very elegant arc-shaped bespoke greenhouse, new doors and side panels, special and made-to-measure bumpers. Xenatec’s expertise is ever-present: the cutlines are the greenhouse a flush-fitting masterpiece, and the new don’t distort in the slightest.

the most significant change new front seats with safety belts and adjustable buckets instead of the first lounge chairs, while surrounded by dark leather, cut-to-size carpets and glossy black inserts. Most of the are of course courtesy of Maybach, not

Maybach 57S

Dislikes? The LED daytime running are about as subtle as those on an Indy pace car, the rear chrome undertray suit a crossover better a coupe, and the electronics are fairly the dot-matrix instruments and pale Comand multi-media interface both date back to an era Mr Clinton first expressed an in Ms Lewinsky. There is of course Xenatec can do about these idiosyncrasies.

Sounds vulgar yet appealing. How does the Xenatec drive?

Since the car bearing chassis 001 was not road-registered, our driving impressions restricted to an empty parking and this merely amplified the that, if the Xenatec looks it drives bigger: turning 13.4-metres, length 5.73-metres, on par with an HGV and the structural solidity of Knox.

Yet despite a kerbweight of 2.7 tonnes, we immediately set a new speed from the entrance gate to the top With ESP deactivated and the angry V12 held in second gear, the chain-smoker stormed up the spiral in mind-boggling time.

We have before done sideways shots in a parking structure, but in the one dab at the throttle is enough to produce a donut. As long as you turn in and step on the gas early, even freight train of a coupe duly swing round and past the apex. To sign the light-grey bitumen with rubber dust, you don’t have to hold the car on the brake giving the engine stick. 630bhp on tap and 738 lb ft scalping Pirelli’s the five-star hooligan licence is


Xenatec started two cars per month, but the plan for calls for ten units. As soon as the batch of 60 pre-ordered vehicles are for, the coachwork specialists place another order for 60 to 80 By the end of 2012, Xenatec hope to shifted every last one of the 200 coupes it plans to make. luck, we say.

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