Even thought Daimler decided to drop the unsuccessful Maybach brand, tuners still show interest in the luxury limousine. Florida-based tuner Knight Luxury came up with a very cool "Sir Maybach 57S" tuning kit that shows that even now, the 57S still has strong potential.
As expected, the tuner decided to update the exterior and the interior look of
the limousine, but it also made some important changes under the hood. This is where the tuner installed a four-pipe sports exhaust system with valve control and Rennkats that increases the final output up to 712 horsepower — an healthy increase over the 543 horsepower found in the standard model.
All the exterior additions were made from carbon fiber and they include new front and rear aprons with integrated LED daytime running lights, a new hood and trunk lid, rear diffuser and a new rear spoiler. For good measure, the tuner also swapped out the stock engine cover for a carbon-fiber one.
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The car rides on 24-inch wheels with the same carbon-finish treatment and black powder wrapped in Pirelli tires sized 285/30R24. White brake calipers contrast the wheels nicely and an electronic level control drops the model closer to the ground.
As expected, interior updates increase car’s level of luxury considerably. These updates include an ergonomically shaped sports steering wheel with red Kederrand, a white carbon leather dashboard, and doors, foot space and door sills with diamond stitching.
The seats, center console and floor mats all feature embroidered "Knight" logos. The trunk is also covered in leather with carbon diamond stitching and an embroidered logo.
Even the door knobs received screen-printed logos, while the full interior is trimmed in a sleek combination of black and red.
Knight installed an Apple entertainment system that includes an Apple TV module and two iPads sith Apple keyboard in the rear of the car.
The "outing" of Daimler AG - at that time still DaimlerChrysler AG - in the chapter of Maybach has lasted exactly ten years, from 2002 to 2012. The core idea was to bring a vehicle as far as possible above the S-Class on the road, in order to defy so the luxury cars from Rolls-Royce and Bentley. In order that the already small number of this highflyer with four wheels doesn’t slip completely into oblivion, the U.S. Company KNIGHT LUXURY Inc. in Miami, Florida offers a service, that probably puts everything that has been before to shame.
Toby Knight, founder of KNIGHT LUXURY INC., Is convinced that, among other things, the unsophisticated design of the Maybach was a reason for the failure of the brand. "With the “Sir-Maybach-Project” we wanted to show that the Maybach is certainly a very attractive car also for self-drive and have therefore given the vehicle more sportiness”.
Those who got the necessary cash in hand, can - regardless of their place of residence – convert his car in Germany to one’s heart’s content, where "substantial reconstruction" would probably be the more appropriate term. For US-based customers, the vehicle is transferred to Germany on request, undergoing a "spa" and returned to the States. All what’s happening in such a “spa” according to German quality standards is set forth below.
As a basis for the "Sir Maybach" project served a Maybach Type 57S. To give a new face to the car, a completely new, sportier front and rear apron was designed with front LED daytime running lights and an integrated carbon diffuser in the rear. Bonnet and boot lid are made from ultra-lightweight, high-strength, but also outrageously expensive carbon material. Equally the A-, B-and C-pillars, all four wings and all doors. Tailgate and rear window are additionally provided with a special spoiler. A look into the engine compartment reveals that even the engine cover and air filter boxes were manufactured in carbon fiber.
Also the three-piece 24-inch wheels, front and rear in 9.5 x24 to 10x24 inches, had to undergo a special treatment. The wheel rim stars are carbon-finished and painted, while the wheel beds are black powder coated. White Pinstripes, reflector-stripes in black and custom-built logos on the hub covers put the dot onto the i before the Pirelli tires in 285/30 R24 are fitted all around. Through the rims one can spot the brake calipers in white with logo.
Of course, the sheer unlimited refined Maybach comes with an electronic level control. An underbody lighting consisting of ten LEDs puts the vehicle especially in the dark perfectly in the lime light. Four projectors let the KNIGHT logo appear on the ground when you open any door. Finally, before we turn to the interior of the body, it is still to mention the 4-pipe sports exhaust system with valve control and Rennkats that gives the 712 hp (524 kW =) uprated Maybach 57S a discreet focused tone.
Pure luxury is obvious also in the interior of every nook and cranny. Behind an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel with red Kederrand the veiled black and white carbon leather dashboard is eye-catching. While the inside of the doors, foot space and door sills have to be content with diamond stitching, the KNIGHT logo is additionally embroidered on the seats, the center console and the floor mats next to the diamond stitching. Even the trunk is covered in leather with carbon diamond stitching and embroidered logo. The headliner is also covered in leather besides carbon leather strips with diamond stitching Alcantara.
Personalized door knobs with screen printing logos, custom paint of the interior trim in black-red, tinted glass of the side windows and rear window, the four door sill plates, each with a special logo, etc. This list is not exhaustive by the way. The fact is that 28 parts were replaced by counterparts in white carbon in the interior and even 39 parts now shine in black carbon.
For the purpose of integration of Apple devices in the entertainment system an Apple TV module and two iPads including Apple keyboard in the rear of the car were installed. These are directly connected to the Command system. Also the sound system with subwoofer and amplifier has been modified. In addition to a rear-view camera also a dashboard camera is installed. Also integrated are a mobile LTE wireless module and a GPS tracking module. For the necessary ambience of the interior indirect UV black light is provided.
The exact price for this unique Maybach is not known, but who would like to call such a unique piece his own, has to come up with around 1 million U.S. dollars for a new "Sir Maybach 57S".