True to the tradition of luxury landaulets, the roof of this one-off study can be opened fully at the rear, while the chauffeur’s compartment remains completely enclosed.
The Landaulet study is based on the Maybach 62 S. Maybach technicians have removed the rear roof module; the side walls remain, and have been invisibly reinforced with an integral tubular steel structure, which has not altered the silhouette of the luxury saloon. The large doors and the complete interior with its reclining seats remain unchanged.
When closed the wind and weather-proof black soft-top of the Landaulet rests on the frame formed by the roof bows. When requested by the passengers, the chauffeur operates a switch in the centre console. The roof then opens electro-hydraulically and is deposited on the parcel shelf in the rear, together with its integral rear window of single-layer safety glass.
Opening and closing the roof takes 16 seconds. The chauffeur is able to enclose the folded roof with a fitted leather cover, which conceals the roof mechanism from view.
Visual highlights are provided by 20-inch wheels specially designed for this study. These are also painted in white with high-sheen spokes, and are accompanied by white indicators in the front and rear light clusters in dark red.
The already luxurious driver’s compartment of the Maybach 62 S has been enhanced: all the interior trim is now surfaced in black piano lacquer.
In contrast, the passenger compartment has been fitted almost completely in seychelles white leather.
The footwell and roof liner of this high-end luxury landaulet are also in white – the floor is carpeted in white velour and the roof lined with white fabric.
A dramatic contrast is provided by inserts and decorative trim in glossy, black piano lacquer or exclusive black granite with numerous gold inclusions.
The generous spaciousness of the rear remains unchanged from the Maybach 62. Passengers are accomodated on two large, single seats that allow even very tall passengers to enjoy a reclining position.
The study is designed as a chauffeured vehicle and features a partition that integrates a glass panel which the passengers can render opaque at the touch of a button, thanks to a liquid crystal membrane embedded in the glass.
Two ultra-modern automatic climate control systems, whose parameters have been adapted to the Landaulet study, ensure that open-air travel remains a pleasure even under adverse climatic conditions.
As in the Maybach 62 S, the rear console is the centrepiece for entertainment and communications. The equipment includes a DVD-player, six CD-changer, a cooler compartment with its own electric compressor and an intelligent system which holds glasses, goblets and champagne bottles safely in position.
Engine and suspension
The Maybach Landaulet study is powered by a V12 engine uprated by Mercedes-AMG.
Thanks to twin turbochargers and water intercooling, the 5,980cc V12 develops a maximum output of 450 kW/612 hp and maximum torque of 1000 Nm between 2000 and 4000 rpm.
Among the technical highlights are the electronically controlled air suspension AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control), the Adaptive Damping System (ADS II) and the braking system, which adopts two electro-hydraulic Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC™) systems working in tandem.
Additional active safety controls include ESP, ASR, ABS and Brake Assist.