Vijay Mallya has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. He left India early last year with a massive debt on his hand. He now resides in UK, where he has been spotted a few times. Just last week, Virat Kohli had organised a charity event, where Vijay Mallya was spotted getting off a Maybach 62.
In the early part of the last decade, the Maybach 62 was the ultimate vehicle, when it came to size, luxury as well as sheer road presence. When it was first introduced in the Indian marekt, the vehicle costed upwards of Rs 5.1 crore, ex-showroom which was a huge amount. To put it into perspective, the Rolls Royce Phantom Series-II which was introduced in 2012 had the same sticker price, showing how expensive the 62 was for its time.
No, this is not the first 62 owned by Vijay. He had owned a 62 in India as well, which was recently auctioned in order for the debts to be repaid. A lot of his other high-end vehicles were auctioned too.
What makes the 62 special?
The 62 was the flagship vehicle from the brand which was on sale from 2002 to 2012. Like all luxury vehicles, it too had immense customization options. Among the standard features were two bucket seats at the back which were airliner-style, enabling them to recline and have an extendable leg rest.
The vehicle was equipped with a partition to separate the driver’s cabin from the passenger cabin. It also had a trick sun roof in which you could change the amount of light coming through. It had air suspension to make the ride sublime.
Power came from a 5.5 liter V12 which produced 543 Bhp and 900 Nm. Sadly, Daimler, the company that owned the Maybach brand decided to pull the plug on the model, after having launched a few limited edition models (Zeppelin).
Fast forward a few years, and Mercedes Benz has brought the Maybach brand name back, however with a twist. The new Maybach which has been introduced shares a lot more with the current generation Mercedes S-Class (Mercedes owns the Maybach brand), something that not many people have liked. What this also meant was that the company was able to price the Maybach a lot more competitively now, as opposed to when it was on sale earlier. Where the previous one started well above Rs 4 crores, the current one starts at Rs 1.87 crores in the Indian market .
The first generation Rolls Royce Phantom was the main competition that the Maybach faced. It was introduced globally in 2003 and it took a few years before the vehicle was officially sold in India. A few were privately imported though. The Phantom marked a new beginning for the company, being the first model to be made under the BMW brand. What makes the Phantom different from the Maybach was the fact this is a lot more bespoke and unique.
The Maybach on the other hand offered massive amounts of space and creature comforts. The company even offered a bespoke fragrance to be formulated for the vehicle, if the owner demanded. That was the level of luxury that was offered by the Maybach, when it was introduced initially. Sadly, sales dwindled in the later part of the last decade which eventually led to the company pulling the plug on the model.