Maybach has just unveiled the newest model in their "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" line of uber-luxury vehicles. The Maybach Landaulet was initially premiered in Dubai, where I assume their largest market for a vehicle like this resides. The Landaulet is priced at $1.35 million. Yes, that is correct, not a typo.
What does one get in a car for a million plus? The answer is more closely, "what DOESN'T one get?"
As the name partly gives clue to, the Landaulet is a Landau topped vehicle. The picture shows how the rear seats have an open-roof above them. According to Maybach, a landaulet was originally a vehicle that was used as a parade car, where the dignitary would sit in the open-air section of the car, while the driver was enclosed. However, due to security concerns today, your average "Head of State" doesn't ride around in a car like this.....their vehicles are bullet and bomb-proof. The Maybach Landaulet roof is a folding, soft-top roof that is electronically actuated.....how else!? The roof opens or closes in 20 seconds.
Maybach says that 2/3 of their clients have their Maybach customized to their individual tastes. Most of the customization is available for no additional cost. For this much dinero....I would hope so!
The rear passenger seats are reclining and are covered in soft, rich Grand Nappa leather. One can even callup a pre-set reclining position. The headrest automatically tilt forward, plus a foot rest automatically rises to support the legs of the well heeled. Additionally, the seats offer pneumatic support and massage. Woohoo!
As with any limousine-level vehicle, the Landaulet has a center divider to separate the passengers from their chauffeur. The lower section of the divider is an aluminum sandwich, while the upper section is laminated glass. All of this is electronically actuated, of course.
Climate controls for the front and the rear of the vehicle are individually adjustable.
However, it is the center console between the seats that is the marque of the attention to detail of the Maybach cars. This is where Maybach engineers have placed anything that might be central to the entertainment and pleasure of the rear-seat passengers: a DVDplayer, six-disc CD changer, a cooler compartment with its own electric compressor and an intelligent system, which holds silver goblets and champagne bottle safely in position. The champagne flutes – specifically designed for the Maybach in high-grade sterling silver – are held by clips that automatically grip them above the base when they are put down. The clips are released as soon as the rear passenger picks up the flute again.
As you might guess, it takes a little more than your run-of-the-mill V-6 engine to get this vehicle moving. The Maybach Landaulet is powered by a V12 engine which Maybach engineers have developed with the specialists at Mercedes-AMG. With twin turbochargers and water intercooling, the V12 develops 612 hp from a displacement of 5980 cubic centimetres. As with the rest of the Maybach, the twelve-cylinder twin turbo engine is hand-assembled in the Mercedes-AMGengine workshops, known as the Manufaktur. Each engine bears, on a small model plate, the signature of the techician who assembled it.
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