Cars equipped with V12 engines are generally luxury cocoons created to devour kilometers in the greatest comfort and silence. Models like the Maybach S-Class and the BMW 760Li were certainly not designed for drag racing, and yet carwow did with the two German full-size luxobarges. They lined them up for a direct comparison in a drag race, followed by a few rolling races and a brake test.
Looking only at the power of these two, the Maybach would be the obvious winner since its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12 develops 551 horsepower and a colossal 900 Newton-meters (664 lb-ft) of torque. The Bimmer has a larger 6.0-liter V12 also with a pair of turbos, but it only “makes” 545 hp and weighs significantly less than 750 Nm (553 lb-ft).
Both send power to the rear wheels, but while the Maybach has a five-speed automatic, the BMW has three additional gears. Without a doubt, the biggest difference between the two is the weight. We are dealing with the big dad of the double M model, the 62, which tips the scales at 2,805 kilograms (6,184 pounds). In comparison, the 760Li looks like a Miata, weighing “only” 2,275 kg (5,015 lb).
Despite a perfect start to the limit, the Maybach 62 was not up to the BMW because all this extra weight raised its ugly head. After all, having to carry an additional 530 kg (1,168 lb) certainly has a negative impact on performance in a drag race. The Bavarian model completed the quarter mile in 12.9 seconds while the Maybach needed an additional 0.7 seconds.
It was the same story in both races, where even if the Maybach’s gearbox seemed to drop faster, the 760Li managed to win in both cases without breaking a sweat. Although the brake test result of 70 mph (113 km / h) at 0 should not be surprising, we expected the difference to be greater.
Considering the fact that the Maybach was noticeably heavier, it would have been fairer to pit the hottest 62S against the BMW. The spicy “S” version brought the power to 604 hp and a torque of 1000 Nm (738 lb-ft) in the mountains, even if that was not enough to beat the 760Li.