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 |  Feb 06 2012, 1:31 PM

This year, Mercedes-Benz‘s uber-luxury brand Maybach will go extinct, as the German brand could not see the potential for making a profit in the ultra high-end luxury car segment.

However, that does not mean the brand will vanish off the face of the Earth, thanks to a coach-building company called Xenatec. They take a four-door Maybach 57S and get rid of two of its doors. Since they kept the wheelbase the same as the donor car, they gave it longer doors  and a sleek coupe body to fill in the gap.

Mechanically the car remains standard because Xenatec wanted the car to be servicable by any Maybach dealer around the world. So while you’ll have the standard cars 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, V12 engine that produces 621-hp, you’ll now also have a sportier looking body to travel around in.

And how much would it cost to have this conversion done? It’ll cost as much as the original donor car. A Xenatec 57S Coupe will cost you a cool $940,000. That’s very nearly Bugatti Veyron money.

Despite the stratospheric price tag, Xenatec has sold quite a few of these uber-coupes through their three main distributors; the factory itself in Germany, a dealer in Saudi Arabia and an armor car firm in Russia.

Finding one of these rare exotics would thus be hard, but we have. A Xenatec Coupe is looking for a new home. It is listed for sale at an exotic car dealership in Dubai, U.A.E. According to the advert, it has no mileage on it. While it is sitting at a used exotic car store, the car is still new.

So while you can still get in touch with Xenatec and pay them to build you a coupe out of your donor 57S, a fully finished example is awaiting you in a desert oasis.

Afterall, we at AutoGuide get a fuzzy good feeling by uniting the rich with expensive cars.

GALLERY: Xenatec Coupe

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[Source: Alain Class]

 |  Dec 29 2010, 9:55 AM

Earlier this year, German Tuner Xenatec announced that they’d be producing Maybach’s 57S Coupe. And now just in time for the new year, Xenatec has the first one released to the public and it’s for sale up on JamesList. The asking price for the first of 100 limited units is a little shy of $950,000.

The Maybach 57S Coupe by Xenatec (aka Cruiserio) is powered by a Mercedes AMG 6.0L V12 powerplant pushing out 605-hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. The first unit is located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and is finished in a nice, classy black. We look forward to some more units from Xenatec. And to think, we doubted they’d actually ever build this beast.

GALLERY: Maybach 57S Coupe by Xenatec

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[Source: JamesList]

 |  May 28 2010, 8:46 AM


We’ll give German Tuner Xenatec this much: their Maybach 57S Coupe is pretty sweet. But they’ve now released five Photoshop rendering of what they consider their “dream cars.” Thankfully these are just concepts, because quite frankly we’re not too sure about the styling.

Let’s start with their Aston Martin hatchback/crossover. The rear end looks like it was literally copy/pasted from the Mercedes-Benz R-Class and well, let’s just say that 007 isn’t the first thing that popped up in our minds. Aston Martin has always had the intrigue and sophistication that comes with the world’s coolest spy. A soccer mom conversion to the Vanquish is simply sacrilegious.

Next up is the BMW 6-Series sedan. This one isn’t absolutely horrible (and surely better than the Aston Martin), but you have to admit that is looks really odd. Sedans going to coupes – like the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class – is a smoother transition, but after seeing the 6-Series as BMWs coveted sports coupe, it’s hard to imagine seeing it stretched and sporting another pair of doors. It’s just not sporty at the end of the day, but hey, it could grow on us.

The most interesting one of the bunch that we think would actually work is the Porsche pick-up truck. It’s no surprise that trucks are highly successful in the North American market, and even the Japanese have captured their fair share of the market. So why not a high-end European truck? Now it’d probably be a funny sight to see a lifted Porsche pick-up truck sporting really tall tires and chrome wheels. But it wouldn’t be the worst we’ve seen in our days. And besides, if the Cayenne is just a Touareg underneath, then why not a Porsche based on VW’s new Amarok.

The remaining two are rather realistic. The Porsche 911 sedan actually works in its own right, especially since we’ve been staring point blank at photos of the Panamera over the last year. In fact it’s almost like Porsche has brainwashed us that a Porsche sedan works. We have to admit, we’d love to rock one of those 911 sedans that they’ve rendered up. It’s got a Mercedes-Benz CLS-esque styling to it, remains sporty (unlike the BMW 6-Series sedan) and all in all doesn’t look entirely out of place.

Lastly the Bentley SUV actually fits. Much like Porsche’s Cayenne, a Bentley SUV would be highly successful, in our opinion of course, in the luxury market. Bentleys are known to be fantastic daily-drivers, offering comfort and performance in a finely balanced package. The Flying Spur is a great family car for those that can afford it. So quite honestly out of all these concepts, the Bentley SUV is at the top of our list of actually being successful.

Oh, did we say lastly? There’s also a stretched Audi SUV in the mix. But we’re sure you’ll understand why we didn’t really share our thoughts on it. It’d be a nice rental when cruising down the Las Vegas strip on your bachelor party weekend; but other than that, is there really a reason?

We’ll be more curious to see if Xenatec pursues any of these projects on their own. They clearly have the capabilities of doing it, but we can’t imagine it would be a sound investment if all of it came out of their own bank account. But hey, maybe Bentley and Porsche are taking notice.

[Source: Auto Express]

GALLERY: Xenatec Dream Car Concepts


 |  May 21 2010, 4:51 PM


Xenatec is a German-based company that often times fulfills special vehicle requests of a particular nature. This can range from stretching an Audi R8 to bullet-proofing your Rolls-Royce Ghost. Whatever may be the case, Xenatec clearly has the expertise, knowledge and engineers to safely take on the task of heavy chassis modification. So it’s no surprise that Xenatec will be heading the limited edition production of the Maybach 57S Coupe.

Only 100 of these bad boys will be produced, making it extremely limited for the extremely luxurious and extremely wealthy. Priced at slightly over $800,000 depending on the conversion, this exclusive Maybach has been widened and the roof lowered compared to its original 57S form but kept the same length (5.7-meters). The vehicle will still be powered by the same power plant, a 6.0L Twin Turbo V12 that pumps out 612-hp, shooting the sedan to 62-mph in five seconds flat. We don’t expect the overall performance to change by much in the coupe altercation.

Giving it an overall sleeker look, the lower roof and longer doors may be what Maybach needed all along to move along some more vehicles. But hey, as far as we’re concerned, Bentley and Rolls-Royce still have our attention. We’ll have to see this one in person before we crown a new king.

GALLERY: Xenatec Maybach 57S Coupe


[Source: Autocar]