For 2007, the Maybach line-up is unchanged. Available models are the 57, 57S and 62.

Produced by DaimlerChrysler, and named for their lengths of 5.7 and 6.2 metres respectively, the 57 and 62 models use a 5.5-litre V12 engine with twin turbochargers. The 57S stands for “Special”, and uses a turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 that makes 612 hp, with a stiffer suspension for performance-oriented driving.

Each 57S engine is built entirely by hand by a single craftsman, whose signature appears on the engine cover. Other exclusive features include twin tailpipes in a unique rear apron, 20-inch spoked wheels, and carbon fibre or wood interior trim.

Each Maybach is built to customer specifications with a wide variety of options and trim choices, but standard features include a DVD player, leather-covered dashboard, rear-seat refrigerator with sterling silver champagne goblets, remote-activated memory seats, television receiver, heated and ventilated seats with massage function, reclining rear seats with thigh support and footrest (in the 62), folding rear-seat tables finished in wood and Nappa leather, six-CD system, two telephones, electric tilt wheel, Parktronic parking aid, and individual front and rear automatic climate control systems. Should you wish to sit with the motor off, an optional solar module in the roof collects sunlight and converts it to electricity to power the ventilation fan. And just in case you have a few bucks left over, you can order your keys gold-plated.

Possibly the world’s most exclusive sedan, the Maybach comes with a list of standard and optional features that’s almost ridiculous in its length. Although the cars are sold in Canada, pricing is set in U.S. dollars. The basic 57 and 62 are incredibly powerful, the 57 S more so, but don’t expect them to make a dent in Ferrari or Lamborghini sales; this is like sitting in a living room that moves, albeit very quickly. The styling is more elegant than standout; this is old-world tradition mated to 21st-century technology, and really only has Rolls-Royce to worry about as competition.

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