Notwithstanding poor sales of their expensive but somewhat dull Maybach 57 and 62, the fairly recently resurrected German brand reportedly plans to introduce yet another, although smaller, “51” model.
Mostly known for its StuG III assault gun (internally known as Maybach T3,) the German brand Maybach was in car manufacturing business from 1909 till 1940.
After the Nazi Germany started the World War II, its production facilities were converted to supply the German military with different sorts armored fighting vehicles and engines: the famous Panther tank was powered by the V-12 690 hp Maybach HL230 P30 powerplant.
Four years ago, however, the German brand Mercedes-Benz felt a sudden need in getting itself a “historic” brand that would be able to compete with such British monsters as Bentley and maybe even Rolls-Royce itself.
So far, their long wheelbase models Maybach 57 and 62 are not particularly popular among the world’s financial and business elite.
Mercedes-Benz hopes to turn the tides with their planned Maybach 51.
It is reported that the new 5.1 meters long Maybach 51 will be released between years 2009 and 2010.
The company is said to be planning to make the car not only smaller, but also cheaper, putting the price tag below the $250,000 and aiming the new car against Bentley Continental Flying Spur and a smaller 2010 Rolls Royce RR4, which is, too, still in its development phase.
The Maybach 51 will be presumably designed on the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class platform and may come to market with a choice of V8 and V12 engines.
Besides a sedan, there is also expected to be a coupe version of the luxury car. The latter will probably have to compete with the production version of the gorgeous Rolls-Royce 101EX Concept Coupe that was presented in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this year.