The former ultra-luxury vehicle was back on the market aiming directly to Rolls-Royce and Bentley, but with more technology displayed.
In 2009, the German car-maker introduced a new version for its already known Maybach 57 model: the 57 Zeppelin. It was a tribute for the former air-ship glory that traveled across the Atlantic Ocean, equipped with Maybach engines. It was the most luxurious way to travel in the world.
Traditionally, most of the Maybach vehicles were built by independent coachbuilders based on a Maybach chassis. 80% of the pre-WWII Maybach cars didn't feature a Maybach bodywork. But the economy had changed and the Maybach 57 was built by Mercedes-Benz. From the outside, the 2009 57 Zeppelin model featured a two-tone paint. The beltline was painted right through to the background of the headlamp assemblies in the Rocky Mountains light brown, in contrast to the Taiga black finish used for the rest of the vehicle body. By special order, the customers could choose whatever color they wished.
Inside, the Maybach 57 featured the most luxurious cabin offered in a passenger car. For the arrangement of the interior, Maybach customers could choose between six grand Nappa leather colors and piano-black wood trim. The door panels were engraved with the “ZEPPELIN” word. A special fragrance was designed for the interior, which was sent through the ventilation system.
The engine was a 6.0-liter V12 with three valves per cylinder and bi-turbocharged was a carryover from the Maybach 57S. It delivered 640 hp to the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission.