With this study of an open-top landaulet, Maybach has renewed the art of building majestic automobiles. True to the tradition of exclusive landaulets from the past, the roof of this design study can be opened fully at the rear, while the chauffeur's compartment remains enclosed. The passengers are then able to enjoy the blue sky above. Seated in opulent armchairs, upholstered in white leather, they are treated to a majestic open-air experience currently unrivalled by any other automobile while enveloped in an environment of the utmost luxury and style.
In technical terms, the Landaulet study is based on the Maybach 62 S - which can claim to be the world's most powerful production chauffeured saloon. Maybach technicians have removed the rear roof module in order to afford passengers an unobstructed view of the sky above. The side structures remain, and have been invisibly reinforced with an integral tubular steel structure. As these measures have not altered the silhouette of the luxury sedan, the generous sized doors and the complete interior with its reclining seats remains unchanged. When closed, the black soft-top of the Landaulet rests on the frame formed by the roof bows, and is wind and weatherproof.
When requested by the passengers, the chauffeur operates a switch in the centre console. The roof then opens electro-hydraulically and is gently 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 16sec. The chauffeur is able to enclose the folded roof with a fitted leather cover.
This impression of elegance is accentuated by the study's shining white paintwork, an exclusive finish named Antigua white. Visual highlights include specially designed 20" wheels. These are also painted white with high-sheen spokes, and are accompanied by white front indicators and dark red rear light clusters.
In addition, the luxurious driver's compartment of the Maybach 62 S has been enhanced in a number of respects. All the interior trim is now surfaced in black piano lacquer, and for the extensive leather appointments Maybach has used glossy Stromboli black leather.
In contrast, the passenger compartment is finished 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. However, dramatic contrast is provided by inserts and decorative trim finished in either black piano lacquer or black granite with gold inclusions.
Outstanding comfort is assured by the spaciousness of the rear, which the Landaulet study has adopted unchanged from the Maybach 62. Passengers enjoy two large, single seats, which recline as normally only encountered in the first-class armchairs of modern passenger jets.
Since the study is designed as a chauffeured vehicle, it features a partition. The upper section of the partition is glass, and passengers can render it opaque at the touch of a button, thanks to a liquid crystal membrane embedded in the glass.
As in the Maybach 62 S, the rear console is the centrepiece for entertainment and communications. This is where Maybach engineers grouped a DVD player, six-CD changer, a cooling compartment with its own electric compressor and storage for glasses, goblets and champagne bottles.
The Maybach Landaulet study is powered by the uprated V12 engine which Maybach engineers have developed with AMG. Thanks to twin turbochargers and water intercooling, the V12 develops 612hp from its 5980cc. This is available between 4800-5100rpm, and the engine also delivers an impressive maximum torque of 738 lb-ft between 2000-4000rpm.