From The Canberra Times
And how much torque would you like with that, sir? 900 Newton-metres?
When Mercedes-Benz rolls out its super-luxury Maybach limousine for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show next month, it won't be just the car that will set tongues wagging.
The engine for the Maybach is a new "Type 12" V12 which develops staggering quantities of power (450kW)
and monster truck-sized torque necessary for the stately propulsion of a vehicle expected to tip the scales at around 3.4 tonnes - or around one tonne more than V8 Range Rover.
Mercedes-Benz, which will hand-build the cars on a special line at its Sindelfingen factory alongside the S-Class, justifies its decision to proceed with such a gross product because a small and select part of the super-luxury market - most likely to be dictators of third-world countries and Arab sheiks - demand it.
It claims that customers have "repeatedly approached the company with a request for a highly exclusive and bespoke automobile in the high-end luxury class".
"Highly trained employees, and coach-building and assembly processes based on a high level of hand-craftsmanship, ensure that even the most unconventional wishes can be catered for," Mercedes says in its promotional material for the first Maybach car to be produced in 60 years. But no amount of upbeat PR
blather can make the overblown Maybach look like an appropriate 21st-century vehicle.