The Maybach W5 (or 27/20 PS) was a luxury car produced between 1926 and 1929 by the German carmaker.

History and Profile

Introduced in the autumn of 1926, the W5 was basically an evolution of the W3 that was offered alongside it as higher model. The W5 shared the frame (made from steel with a U-shaped profile) and most of the mechanics. All four wheels had drum brakes with cable control. This coincided with the introduction of a new brake booster, which made it ​​easier to slowing down or stop the heavy car. The W5 had a twin-camshaft 6995cm ³ six-cylinder engine which was fitted with a double doby carburettor. The power maximum output from this engine was 120hp at 2800rpm, with a maximum torque of 417 Nm. The transmission was the same as in the W3.

The weight of the chassis was 1,750 kg, but the finished car could reach a weight of up to 2,400 kg (for a car with open body) or 2,700 kg (for a limousine).

The maximum speed for the W5 was 115 km/h. This was not much higher than that achieved by W3, despite the extra 50 hp.


In 1928, the W5 was replaced by W5 SG.

This differed from the previous model, mainly by the new planetary gearbox that was two-speed gear with an overdrive. With the new gearbox, the W5 SG could reach 130 km/h.

The W5 SG was taken out of production in 1929. In total, about 300 W5s of both models were produced.

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