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Under the disguise at front and rear the prototype should be similar to the design of the study from 1997
|DaimlerChrysler press text from November 27th 2000
· First test drives with prototypes commence
in December of this year
Stuttgart – Just three years after presentation of the design study at the Tokyo Motor Show, the first of more than 20 prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz Maybach are ready to go and will begin their worldwide practical trials in early December 2000. Mercedes engineers have already been testing the suspension and drive systems of this future luxury limousine concealed within the bodywork of modified test cars for some considerable time. At the end of 2002 the first models of this unique, top-class automobile will be delivered to Mercedes customers.
"The design study of October 1997 has led to one of the most ambitious development projects in the entire automobile industry. With the help of our experienced engineers and designers we shall be offering our customers an automobile which will meet the highest expectations in terms of style, appointments, comfort and technology", says Professor Jürgen Hubbert, the member of the Daimler-Chrysler AG Board of Management with responsibility for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and smart.
Double name: Homage to a designer of genius
Appointments: Tailor-made according to the customer's
Technology: A powerful V12 engine and innovative air
Production: Custom shop assembly at the Mercedes plant
|Translation of an article from car mag "Auto
Motor und Sport" November 2000
Maybach on test drive
World premiere at Mercedes-Benz: The Swabian car maker
itself deliveres a spy-photo of the future luxury limousine Maybach. It
shows the flagship still heavily disguised at a test drive. Three years
after the presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show ((Japan) the Swabian car
maker sets 20 ready-to-drive prototypes on the wheels and starts test drives
in December ((2000). Already since pring ((2000)) Mercedes tests the technique
of the future flagship within the DaimlerChrysler group in bullet-proof
and lengthened S-classes of the W140-series which was made until 1998;
these conversions roughly correspond with the future Maybach in terms of
length (circa six metres) and weight (between 2000 and 3000 kilogrammes).
At the end of the year 2002 the Maybach shall be delivered to the customers.
The estimated prices: From German Marks 650.000 for the normal version
((W240)) and from German Marks 750.000 for the variant with lengthened
|Article from N.N.
Maybach limo : New Models
Mercedes-Benz has released a picture of the Maybach limousine
prototype, clad in disguises.
|Translation of an article from German car magazine "Auto Bild" November 2000|
|The Mega-Mercedes: Maybach|
|Photo and photo text copyright: Auto Bild Additional preparation for the web by MBEP webmaster|
|Big haul: Under the lengthened body of the old S-Class W140 Mercedes tests Maybach components|
|In two years begins a new aera at Mercedes. Then the
S-Class will not be the flagship anymore, but an even bigger model. Name:
Maybach. Target group: Govermnets, associations, companies and the super-rich.
They are being supplied with first info of the new showpiece already now.
Prospective buyers even can get a look at it within the scope of a Car
Who signs a contract after that is guaranteed to get a car from the first tranche, as the production period until the year 2003 is internally called. Theoretically Mercedes can build up to 1.000 Maybachs a year in the new Manufaktur department in the Sindelfingen plant ((Stuttgart, Germany)) - planned for the time being are 750 units ((a year)).
The price scale begins at DM 650.000, the long version costs circa DM 100.000 more ((for price conversions click here)) - of course without options like the factory armouring MB Guard. The big glass roof, the third row of seats (heading against the driving direction) and the door automatic are charged extra, too. Standard are electrohydraulic brakes, air suspension, 19 inch wheels and the turbocharged twelve-cylinder engine. The 5.6-litre bi-turbo mobilizes 476 hp and 750Nm of torque.
To the question if the Maybach has anything in common with the S-Class a Mercedes manager shakes his head: "No, more behind this car was the Actros truck."
End of translated article from "Auto Bild"
Translation by MBEP webmaster - As ususal remarks in ((blabla)), but (blabla) belongs to original text
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|Please note that all computer retouchs of Maybachs show
how German car mag "Auto
Motor und Sport" thinks the final car will look like - and with
the coupe it's even unclear if it will come at all, but normally "AMS"
is well informed.
Translation of an article from "Auto Motor und Sport" May 1999 written by Bernd Ostmann
Charlie The Great
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|Mercedes - still the German noble-label per se - doesn't
want to accept that without a strike back: In the line of the Maybach project
chief Hermann Gaus one cooks up drives, which give a new dimension to the
engine arms race. Because the V6, V8 and V12 of the marque are compatibly
constructed, many varieties of gigantic engine construction from 14- to
24-cylinder engines are thinkable. Clear favourite with the hard-liners
amongst the Mercedes technicians: Two coupled twelve-cylinders with central
Apart from vibration-related technical problems the Sindelfingen development crew would have no troubles to put the double-pack in the depths of the Maybach`s engine compartment. According to first calculations the unit very precisely fits in between radiator grille and the bulkhead. Incidentally the V24 at first shall be presented as a study, which shows a kind of coupe-variation of the Maybach sedan.
Murat Günak, besides Advanced-chief Harald Leschke second man under the chief of design Peter Pfeiffer counts as fervent advocate of this model, which probably will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show in autumn 2001.
The performance figures? Between twelve and fifteen litres displacement anything is possible, with supercharger ((Kompressor)) up to 1.000 hp power output is thinkable, the maximum torque would move to a clearly four-digit range. Which transmission shall tolerate this power, how strong the drive shafts have to be dimensioned and how the Motronic enables controlled acceleration still has to be researched.
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|Much more specific in the meantime the Maybach sedan
has progressed. Chief developer Gaus has only one problem - too few staff.
Therefore the timetable seems to be endangered which fixes the start of
the pre-series to March 2002 and "Job One", the term for the manufacturing
of the first serial model, to the following July. So the Gaus-team co-operates
intensively with development companies outside the house ((of DaimlerChrysler)),
like with IVM Engineering in ((the German city of)) Heilbronn or EDAG (Engineering
and Design AG) from ((the German city of)) Fulda, which both keep offices
Under the development codes W240 and V240 in Sindelfingen a long version for the chauffeur on the wheel and a short Maybach for the owner-driver. The super-Mercedes bases on the platform of the W140 (predecessor of the current S-Class) in the so-called special protection version - reinforced for most heavy armouring. With that a car weight of up to 3.800 kilograms is possible, which the base version of the Maybach clearly remains under: It weighs roughly 2.200 kilograms.
|There will not be few who accuse DaimlerChrysler of a
touch of gigantism. Because in comparison to the current upper-class of
the house ((of D C)) the Maybach, which will start at DM 435.000 (USD 229.000
assumed USD 1 = DM 1.90) ((An S-Class currently starts at DM 115.000 (USD
61.000) in Germany)), puts some more coal on the fire (see
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|The new super-luxury-liner even
in the short version with a length of 5.73 metres surpasses the S-Class
in its long version of more than half a meter. The Maybach long requires
with 6.16 metres even one meter more parking space.
With nearly two metres width for some of the future Maybach-owners it will become a compulsory exercise to muse about the enlargement of their garage entrance.
In the outer and inner appearance the serial version - for which head of distribution Dieter Zetsche sees a market of 2.000 cars a year - will differ astonishingly little from the study which was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show 1997.
The front puts a more tilted radiator grille into the airstream because for the crash tests the bumpers have to get more voluminous and higher. At the rear now a transparent band of light runs around the line of the trunk's edge.
There's still uncertainty about the design of the headlamps. Light expert Reiner Jocher favours large, light units whilst the Mercedes design aims at other solutions similar to the S-Class. About that will be decided in the next AMP-conference at the beginning of May ((1999)), the monthly meeting of the board of Mercedes for general model- and product-planning ((Allgemeine Modell- und Produktplanung)).
There two 1.1 scale models of the long version and an interior of the short Maybach presented via a seat box will be displayed.
The biggest building site at "our little steamship" (so a Mercedes designer) consists of still unsolved questions to the interior design. The cockpit will hold onto the guideline of the study, but for example it isn't decided yet if the switching buttons for the preselection of the automatic transmission after all will be replaced by a normal gear change lever.
How the ladies and gentlemen do travel in the back the Mercedes design also can't answer yet. As an option wide seats likely will be offered, in the style of aeroplane seats of the First Class - with all conceivable adjustment possibilities and communication systems in the backs. The display mounted into the roof slides into a console behind the front seats out of reasons of strength.
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|Besides that pure luxury: Three
bug-proof phones, a GPS satellite navigation system, facsimile machine
and of course finest sound equipment. With that the Mercedes technicians
stand are faced with the not easy task to integrate roughly 20 antenna
The Maybach, which will be built on a mini production line with a high share of manual work in the Sindelfingen Mercedes factory, for the moment gets the known V12, but this time with biturbo-supercharging. At the moment one doesn't want to go too far onto highest performance levels in favour of maximum torque and to restrict the power of the engine to 500 hp.
It still takes a fairly long time until the first Maybach prototypes start moving. But around Sindelfingen strangely widened S-Class sedans can be viewed - as ((so called)) mules they have Maybach technique under the body.
End of article from "Auto Motor und Sport" - translation by MBEP webmaster
As usual remarks in ((blabla)), but (blabla) belongs to the original text,
The original title of the article is "Kerl der Grosse" (the great guy), a word-play coming from "Karl der Grosse" ("Charles the Great")
Personal remark by MBEP webmaster:
"Auto Motor und Sport" constantly misspells the name "DaimlerChrysler" as "Daimler-Chrysler" -
that's a bad show for a publication which thinks of itself as the leading German car magazine.
But maybe it's my fault to expect a specialist car magazine to spell the name of a car manufacturer correctly...
|Two translated articles from German car magazine "Auto Bild" from October 1997 below the picture|
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|Daimler-Benz Challenges Rolls-Royce with New Brand
21st of October 1997 10:03 a.m. Stuttgart (dpa).
|Luxury-Mercedes "Maybach" with 400HP and Golf Equipment
22nd of October 1997 11:00 a.m. Stuttgart (dpa).
|Opinion and remarks by MBEP
The price seems unclear - USD 158.000 and USD 285.000.
The car is one of the ugliest I've ever seen.
The above text is wrong saying it's the longest MB ever: As they seem to know not much about cars they don't know the long wheelbase W100 known as the MB 600 Pullman of 1964 to 1981 which was 6,24 metres long.
Of course one can't expect them to know the W150 MB 770 of 1938 to 1940 which was 6,00 metres.
Not to mention the 1940 W24 MB 540 K long measuring 6,00 metres, too...
|I'm absolutely sure Mercedes lies and the brand Maybach
will be revitalized:
Volkswagen owns the rights of the pre-war luxury brand name "Horch" and I bet their W12 engine will come with a Horch, too: It first came with a VW sports car study.
|In the year 1998 DaimlerChrysler finally admitted they will built a new Maybach.|
|Translation of an article from German car mag "Auto Zeitung" from March 2000|
|Both photos copyright: Auto Zeitung||Both photos: Further preparation for the web by MBEP webmaster|
|Everything else than compact the new Maybach will turn
out, which is thought as state-carriage for crowned heads and represents
a noble version of the S-Class top versions. Mercedes tests components
for the Maybach below the body of older S-Class types ((W140)). It seems
the very wide body of the predecessor fits better over the opulent chassis
of the big Maybach...
End of translated article - translation by MBEP webmaster
As usual remarks in ((blabla)), but (blabla) belongs to original text.
|Translation of an article from car mag "Auto Motor und Sport" July 2000|
|With the development of the Maybach Mercedes in the meantime
changed the text cars from the old to the new S-Class. In the lengthened
mules already the new 12-cylinder bi-turbo engine with a displacement of
5.6-litres (see arrow) is located.
End of article from "Auto Motor und Sport" - translation by MBEP webmaster
|Translation of an article from car mag "Auto
Motor und Sport" May 2000
Mercedes: Pleasure and
burden with the Maybach
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