Maybach 57S Coupe by Xenatech – Click above for image gallery
Daimler's ultra-premium brand Maybach may be able to compete with the likes of Bentley and Rolls-Royce when it comes to sedans. But with the menacing Exelero concept remaining exactly that, the Double-M marque has nothing to rival the Bentley Brooklands and Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe. Enter Xenatech with the solution you see here.
The German engineering firm is committing to produce a short run of coupes based on the Maybach 57S. The two-door retains the sedan's 5.7-meter length, but the track has been widened and the roof chopped down, moving the B and C pillars aft to accommodate longer doors. Power comes from the same 612-horsepower, 6-liter twin-turbo V12 as the sedan, estimated to propel the coupe to 62 mph in five seconds flat.
Word has it Xenatech has Daimler's blessing on the endeavor, and may even have received cooperation on the adaptation. Only 100 examples are slated for production – each with a price tag of €650,000 ($800k) – from the firm's factory in Weinsberg, near Maybach's own facility in Sindelfingen. Given how slowly 'ordinary' four-door Maybachs have been to move beyond the factory gates, that volume target seems quite optimistic, but the Xenatech renderings shown here at least hold promise. Have a closer look in the gallery below. Thanks to everyone for the tips!