Maybach 57S blinged-up Miami style

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Outer panels are almost entirely replaced with carbon fibre.

One of the few saving graces of the late, unlamented and supremely un-classy Maybach 57S was that its styling (if you could call it that) was so understated it was almost anonymous.

Until now, that is.

One Toby Knight, founder of Miami-based Knight Luxury, has taken as his thesis that the reason for the failure of the 57S to take significant market share away from established marques such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley was not its lack of class but its 'unsophisticated' styling.

More than that, for a down payment of about $1 million (R10.9 million) he will ship your Maybach 57S to a 'car spa' in Germany for a 'substantial reconstruction' and deliver it back to you with a 'knighthoood' as Sir Maybach 57S (his words - we couldn't make this stuff up).

THE LIGHT STUFF

It starts with completely new front and rear aprons (deeper and more aggressive-looking) with LED daytime running lights in front and an integrated carbon-fibre diffuser at the rear.

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Quadruple-tailpipe kezorst boosts power output from 450kW to 524kW.

Bonnet and boot lid are replaced with carbon fibre, as are the A, B, and C pillars, all four wings and all four doors, not forgetting a special rear spoiler also made out of the light stuff - even the engine cover and air-filter boxers are carbon fibre.

The spoke sections of the special three-piece, 24" rims are finished in faux fibre and clearcoat, the wheel beds are powder-coated black with white rim-tapes, reflector stripes and special Knight Luxury logos on the hub covers, and shod with 285/30 Pirellis over white-pained brake callipers embellished with Knight Luxury logos.

Electronic suspension levelling is standard, as is an underbody lighting set consisting of 10 LEDs under the car and a downwards-facing projector in each door that shines the Knight logo on the ground every time you open a door, while a quadruple-tailpipe kezorst with valve control and sports catalysers boosts power output from 450kW to 524kW and provides a 'discreet, focused tone'.

NO CORNER UNBLINGED

A red-trimmed sports steering wheel presides over a black and white leather-trimmed dashboard; the inside panels of the doors, foot wells and door sills are diamond-stitched, with the Knight logo embroidered on the leather of the seats, the centre console and the floor mats.

The headliner is trimmed in a combination of leather and alcantara with carbon-fibre diamond-pattern stitching - even the boot is trimmed in leather with diamond stitching and embroidered logos.

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Inside panels of the doors, foot wells and door sills are diamond stitched, with the Knight logo embroidered on the leather of the seats, the centre console and the floor mats.

The door knobs are embellished with screen-printed logos as do the sill plates, while a total of 28 trim elements are replaced with white-finished carbon-fibre components and 39 with more conventional dark grey carbon fibre.

UV AMBIENCE

The interior is lit with indirect UV black lighting 'for ambience', the sound system upgraded with a new sub-woofer and substantial amplifier, and even Apple has contributed to this monument to poor taste with a TV module, two i-Pads, a keyboard in the rear compartment, a dash cam and a GPS module.

The exact price, of course, will depend on what extras you ask for; but Knight warns customers not to expect any change from their $1 million upfront payment.


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