• Dec 30, 2010
Xenatec Maybach Cruiserio coupe – Click above for image gallery

Want to get your hands on a Maybach coupe? You've got two options. First would be to commission a replica of the Exelero concept car on the chassis of a Dodge Viper. That'll set you back €550,000, or about $730k at today's conversion rates. Your other choice is to have Xenatec convert a Maybach 57 S limo into a coupe for €675,000 ($894k).

We brought you initial news of the project back in May, followed by details in October. For a quick refresher, the German coachbuilder brought in Fredrik Burchhardt, designer of the original Exelero, to pen the modified shape for the coupe. The result keeps most of the saloon's mechanicals in place – including the 600+ horsepower twin-turbo V12 – only with modified bodywork, cabin and (of course) two longer doors instead of four.

Seen until now only in sketches, the Xenatec Maybach coupe has been (awkwardly) dubbed the Cruiserio, and it has just made its debut at Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart. The project is now being underwritten by a €70 million ($93M) investment from AutoKingdom of Saudi Arabia. Over the course of three years, Xenatec and AutoKingdom ambitiously anticipate building 100 examples, and say they've already got enough orders to keep them busy for the next year or so. Can't wait that long? The first example is up for sale out of Riyadh, with a price tag of just under a cool million.




[Source: JamesList via World Car Fans]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The Exelero was OBSCENELY ugly while this is quite nice actually
      but I think the front grille is a bit too much. MB started four door 'coupes'
      and now they have a two door sedan (limo?). Go figure?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rich and famous sure like to buy some fugly stuff!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I still don't know that the car can justify that kind of money, however, the actually production version does look pretty awesome. I don't know why you need a 30 foot coupe, but hey, if you have that much money, why not add one to your collection? It'd be pretty cool to see one in person some day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's not entirely my cup of tea (mantamanta nailed it on the B-Pillar), but I think they got the proportions correct. True, it would have really been amazing as a pillarless coupe, but it's not particularly ugly, so I'm sure people will buy 'em
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW!.......Making the Grosser Mercedes (Maybach) a Coupé improves the looks by leaps and bounds..........Very nice!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      They've created a new category - the 2-dr land barge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dang it, NightFlight. I already liked this, now I really, really want to see a RennTech version.
        • 4 Years Ago
        With 600+ horsepower, I don't think it can be called a barge. They Maybach doesn't even handle that poorly given its weight and size.

        If someone called Renntech for an ECU upgrade, this coupe would be a certified cruise missle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hell yeah, bring it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love it

      This and the Audi A5 remind me of the old Victorian age cars with the large long hoods and the pulled back bodies

      The A5...will be within my 10k range by the time I get a job and get out of college
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the basic problem is that it's still a dated S-Class. I get the point, look at the great Art Deco cars of the 30's. Clark Gable and Gary Cooper drove gorgeous cars with long hoods and short bodies and they were hella glamourous. This aint glam, it's just big.

      A fat girl in a tight dress is still a fat girl in a tight dress.

      And yes, that will be my only sexist comment of the day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Quite decent looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like this! Awesome!
        • 4 Years Ago
        you know what would make this more awesome ? - Brabus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Full B-pillar? No thanks. (Not even gonna mention the looks.)
        • 4 Years Ago
        if you're in the drivers seat, chances are the B pillar won't bother you.

        Anyways...the car looks kick ass, it has presence that no other 2 door has. You could roll up in a Cont.GT but it would look like a hyundai tiburon next to this thing. this is fantastic, if I become super rich this is gonna be my daily driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pengwin: Sure it would! I'd always know it's there, whether I'm looking out the side windows or just thinking about how a CL-Class is better-engineered, and truer to what a Mercedes coupe should be (for starters, pillarless), than my bazillion-dollar converted sedan.

        I'd hold out for an Exelero (as long as I'm pretending to be able to afford, or even want, a custom Maybach).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I will, that's a lot of hood. TT V12 or not that thing just looks goofy with the long hood and doors followed up by a rear that looks somewhat normal in size. It looks like you took a Mercedes and stretched 3/4 of it like silly putty.
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