The 57, which refers to its 5.73m length is the most popular Maybach model. It’s one of the world’s most luxurious cars. In fact, only the Rolls-Royce Phantom comes close. It can carry a driver, front passenger and up to three rear passengers on a serene, silent and spacious journey.
There’s a 5.5-litre version and a 6.0-litre S. Both have V12 engines. Both are incredibly fast, given their 2.7-tonne kerb weight. At 604bhp, the 57 S achieves 61bhp more than the standard 57, thanks to the twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 from the Mercedes S65 AMG.
Incredibly, it is not so much the engine’s massive power that gives the 57 S its character, more the endless reserve of torque, which swells to 738lb ft at just 2000rpm to provide the Maybach with devastating off-the-line and in-gear acceleration.
Although it carries a vast array of electronic driving aids, the 57 S’s engine has more than enough low-end grunt to make the otherwise dignified Maybach light up its rear tyres. Before you do, however, you’ll want to select the five-speed automatic transmission’s manual mode for more rapid shifts and dial up the second of two sport settings for the air suspension to keep body movements reined in.