Blink, and you may just think this is another 2010 Maybach. This is actually the refreshed 2011 model, and as reports previously suggested, its facelift is extremely subtle.
If you are able to spot a cosmetic difference, chances are you’re looking at the front fascia. Designers have blessed the entire portfolio with a revised large chrome grille, which flows into a revised hood stamping with stronger lines. 57 and 62 models sport 20 slender grille louvers, while “S” models receive only 12, each highlighted with a black center.
Revisions inside the cars are few and far between, although Maybach has revised the option lists ever so slightly. New leather seating can be highlighted with piping containing Swarovski Crystalized Elements, while the perfume atomizer — previously offered only on the Zeppelin model — is available across the board. Short-wheelbase 57 and 57S models can now be fitted with the 62’s reclining rear passenger seat, but the longer 62 models still have a trump card: a new 19-inch high-definition monitor, fitted to the partition, is now a factory option.
57 and 62 models continue to use a 543-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-12, but the 6.0-liter V-12 found in the 57S and 62S models have been blessed with a mild power jump, boosting output from 604 to 630 horsepower.
Is this enough to save the Maybach brand? Time will tell, but it already seems unlikely. Recent reports indicate Daimler is mulling shutting the division down, replacing the range with a large, ultra-luxury version of its next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-class sedan.