The New $1.4 Million Maybach LandauletBy Jared Paul Stern • • Category: Automobile, New & Noteworthy
Maybach, the ultimate luxury automobile brand, is adding a new $1.4 million open-topped Landaulet to its range, making five models in all. Maybach debuted a one-off example of the Landaulet, which will be hand-built to order in limited quantities, at the Paris Motor Show. Designed for use as a chauffeur-driven limousine, the new Maybach revives the classic area of elegant cars with open-topped rear compartments used by royalty, popes and dignitaries on parade before fear of snipers relegated them to the history pile. The Landaulet is based on the Maybach 62 S, billed as the world’s most powerful series-produced luxury saloon with its twelve-cylinder biturbo engine.
Reinforcing the fact that the Landaulet is designed as a chauffeured vehicle, the example shown in Paris featured a two-tone Grand Nappa leather interior, white for the passenger compartment and black for the chauffeur. The rear compartment’s folding top, operated from a switch in the center console, retracts in less than 20 seconds and is hidden by a fine leather tonneau cover matching the sumptuous seats. Interior trim elements are offered in glossy piano lacquer and Star Galaxy granite from India, a rare stone deep black flecked with gold. Fully reclining rear seats with a massage function are standard, while as with other Maybach models there are many customizable options available.