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2010-10-05 07:27

Like Merc’s CL65 – only quite a lot less elegant.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Maybach
Model Xenatec
Engine 6l V12 turbo
Power 477kW
Torque 1 000Nm
Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach brand may be in trouble, yet this has not prevented it from previewing a new coupe version.

Other über-luxury brands, notably Bentley and Roll-Royce, offer arresting coupe alternatives.

Elegant cars such as the Continental GT and Phantom Coupe.

Maybach though, only markets an oversized four-door limousine.

The four-door bodystyle, coupled with crass styling details, had never endowed the modern Maybachs with the same cachet as their 1930s namesakes.

Now, finally, things are about to change.

From armoured vehicles to luxury coupes?

Xenatec, the special purpose vehicle division of German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp, will build 100 two-door Maybachs on order for customers who wish to combine the ultimate in luxury with a touch more elegance.

Styled by Fredrink Burchhardt, the Xenatec coupe features a chopped roofline, raked windscreens (fore and aft) to accentuate the coupe side-profile and remoulded bumpers and fenders.

Options, as with its four-door sibling, are extensive. These include a glass roof, a range of 20- or 21-inch wheels and an nearly infinite array of cabin trimmings. Considering Xenatec’s background in ballistics protection, you can expect a comprehensive level or armoured security too - if required.

Mechanically the Xenatec sports a 20mm wider rear track than its four-door limousine brethren, whilst retaining the same twin-turbo V12 powetrain producing 477kW.

So, if you have always desired a premium Mercedes-Benz coupe with customised cabin fittings (and find the CL65 too attractive for your tastes) then this Xenatec Maybach should be perfect. It is hardly cheap though, at R6.5m, and explaining to fellow plutocrats why you did not get the CL65 (or an Continental GT) instead will surely become the bane of your ownership experience…


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