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The rumors, the announcement, the official photos...none of it was enough to believe a once sensible company like Daimler-Benz could have created something so outrageously, ridiculously impractical as a six-figure, all-white, high-performance, partial-convertible, super-luxury limousine. Seeing it on video doesn't quite make it believable either. (It's kinda like the Moon Landing to conspiracy theorists that way). But short of seeing it up close and in person - which we hope won't be necessary -

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In a perfect world, money would come with good taste. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world, and so we get the Maybach. And just in case, for even a minute, you were misguided to think that tastelessness had its limit, DaimlerChrysler's uber-luxury marque is there yet again to remind you that poor taste knows no bounds: presenting the latest in I've-got-more-money-than-class options: diamonds, of course.

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Wretched excess on wheels (a.k.a. the Maybach 62 S) was just unveiled at the Beijing motor show, after DaimlerChrysler released the details and photos a couple of weeks ago. The 62 S puts an AMG-tuned 612-horsepower twin-turbo V12 monster underneath the hood of the company's top-of-the-line chauffeured super-saloon, sending lesser automobiles scurrying out of its way.

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