Frankfurt Auto Show: Maybach Zeppelin

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Maybach is one of the luxurious appearances at the Frankfurt Auto Show as the company unveiled the new Zeppelin, also referred to as the most powerful Maybach ever. It will be offered in two versions, the 57 S and the long-wheelbase flavor, the 62 S.

To get straight to the point, the car is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine especially tweaked by Mercedes AMG to deliver a maximum power of - hold your breath and take a seat - 640 horsepower and 1000 Nm meters. The parent manufacturer wanted to assure us that the Zeppelin could release even more torque but, for the sake of passenger safety, it electronically limited the output to 1000 Nm.

The engine compartment is featuring a unique plaque engraved with the inscription “MAYBACH ZEPPELIN – ONE OF 100”, as the manufacturer will limit the production of the car to 100 units.

The exterior is painted in a two-tone special finish applied in a long series of steps as the carmaker says.

"The shoulderline is painted right through to the background of the headlamp assemblies in Rocky Mountains light brown, forming a stylish and scintillating contrast to the Taiga black finish used for the rest of the vehicle body while reinforcing the impression of three-dimensionality too. Naturally, customers may also specify any other paint finish of their choice for their Maybach Zeppelin. Dark red tail light units and a fine vertical partition in the tailpipe add striking visual touches at the rear."

It comes with 20-inch wheels painted in Chrome Shadow, "first painted with a black undercoat, before having a silver topcoat applied using an elaborate painting process that causes the tone to gradually increase in darkness from the outside in."

Inside, the car is obviously featuring luxurious leather appointments in California beige leather and genuine lambskin carpeting. Additional badging is also available in the interior, with the silver champagne flutes included as standard all marked with the lettering “MAYBACH ZEPPELIN”, while the door sill panels as well as the key ring are engraved with the word “ZEPPELIN”.

The Maybach Zeppelin is also bringing a world first as it comes equipped with a so-called perfume atomiser that "creates a unique aromatic experience in the interior".

In case you're wondering how does it work, here's the official explanation from Maybach:

"The system’s core component is an internally illuminated Plexiglass sphere on the rear centre console, into which Maybach Zeppelin owners can insert a vial of their preferred fragrance. Underneath the sphere’s base, which is finished in piano lacquer, there is a dedicated regulator pump. At the push of a button, this compressor draws in pre-purified from the vehicle’s interior and directs it into the Plexiglass sphere in a gentle stream.

The airstream passes through four apertures in the top of the vial’s cap, allowing it to carry perfume molecules from the tip of the cap into the vehicle interior. Air which has been suitably purified by the vehicle’s own climate control system also flows out of a ventilation outlet at the bottom of the sphere, thereby helping to distribute the scented air throughout the passenger compartment."

The Maybach 57 Zeppelin will be priced at 406,000 euros while the 62 Zeppelin is sold of 473,200 euros, VAT not included. The perfume atomiser that is exclusive to the Maybach Zeppelin can be ordered for an extra €3950 (German list price, excl. VAT).

The car will go on sale this month, according to the manufacturer.
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