Maybach Zeppelin debuts in Geneva

Despite slow sales and increasing pressure to kill the brand, Daimler has officially unveiled their new Maybach Zeppelin 57 and 62 sedans at the Geneva Motor Show. Inspired by the original Maybach Zeppelins of the 1930's, the new models hope to continue their legacy of offering exquisite styling and unparalleled luxury.

Power for the flagship sedans is provided by a version of the Mercedes/AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine which produces 471 kW (640 hp) and an electronically limited 1000 Nm of torque. 0-100 km/h takes 4.9 seconds in the Zeppelin 57 while the Zeppelin 62 requires an additional 0.2 seconds. Maybach considers the 57 to have a greater chance of being occasionally driven by the owner so it features an electronically limited top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph) while the chauffeur-driven 62 is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

Exterior styling has never been the Maybach strong point, but in order to help the new models standout from their more plebian Maybach counterparts they receive a revised two-tone color scheme where the secondary color stretches across the vehicle's shoulder-line instead of along the vehicle's side. Other design features include darkened taillights, revised exhaust tips, new 20-inch wheels with a Chrome Shadow finish, and updated rearview mirrors.

As with every Maybach, the interior is a luxurious environment that cocoons occupants in timeless elegance. The brand's traditional wood accents are replaced by modern high-gloss piano lacquer trim while the rest of the interior is outfitted with premium leather that features a contrasting design. Although both cars come equipped with virtually everything known to man, Maybach has decided to offer the world's first perfume atomizer.

Production will be limited to 100 units and German pricing starts at €406,000 for the 57 Zeppelin while the 62 Zeppelin goes for a whopping €473,200.


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Motor show Geneva Motor Show
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