The Maybach 57 and Maybach 62 were the ultra-luxurious sedans of the early 2000s, and while new Mercedes-Maybach models are far more luxurious and much faster, the original was an interesting, if polarizing, car.
Eager to see how the Maybach 62 has aged, CarWow put it to the test alongside an older BMW 760Li for a series of performance tests.
It’s worth mentioning right away that the 62 and the 760Li can hardly be considered direct rivals, as the Maybach launched roughly seven years before this BMW. This range-topping Maybach 62 is also significantly larger than the BMW and weighs roughly 1,100 lbs (500 kg) more.
In terms of power, the Maybach featured has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V12 with 551 hp and 664 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. By comparison, the 760Li tested uses a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 rated at 545 hp and 553 lb-ft (700 Nm). Both cars send power to the rear wheels through automatic transmissions.
In a race from a standstill, the BMW easily comes on top, completing the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds compared to the 13.6 seconds required by the Maybach. In a rolling race, the 62 performs surprisingly well as its five-speed automatic transmission kicks down and picks up quite nicely. However, once the speeds increase, the BMW storms past.
It goes without saying that those in the market for models like these aren’t all that interested in straight-line performance so much but rather luxury and amenities. Nevertheless, it is interesting to see how those two old-timers compare.