The latest to be unveiled in a burgeoning number of high-priced models from the German carmaker, is the new four-seat Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet. Mercedes-Benz is sending its military grade G-Class out in style. The plush new 463kW twin-turbocharged 6.0-ltire V12 powered limousine-cum-off-roader, foreshadows the launch of a heavily upgraded version of the 38-year-old G-Class later this year, featuring a semi-convertible roof structure similar in style to that adopted by the Maybach 62 Landaulet launched in 2007. The unveiled model is all hyped up to make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show early next month. The Mercedes-Maybach G650 is a vehicle measuring 5,345 mm long and 2,235 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3,428 mm. This makes it 659 mm longer and 302 mm taller than the standard G-Class. The length between the front and rear axles has also been stretched by 578 mm. Making it a helluva beast to drive!
Based around the long-wheelbase G-Class with the widened body, modified running gear and portal axle chassis already used by the G63 6×6 and more recently introduced G500 4×4, the four-door G650 Landaulet stretches longerrrrr. When we take a look at the engine, the power for the G650 Landaulet comes from the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine used by the G65, with 463kW at 5000rpm, giving a whopping 1000Nm torque between 2300 and 4300rpm. When we talk about the seating arrangement, the driver and front seat passenger are accommodated under a fixed steel roof, whereas the rear seat passengers can choose to go top down. At the press of a button, the fabric rear section retracts back and stows behind the rear seats above the luggage compartment.
In keeping with the limousine roots of the Maybach brand, there’s also an electrically operated glass partition separating the front section of the cabin from the rear, which can be changed from transparent to opaque as need be. Additionally, the individual rear seats, borrowed from the S-Class Pullman with inflatable air chambers and hot stone massaging function, can be set to a fully reclined position. There are also retractable tables integrated in the rear middle console, while an additional cross member, used to hold the glass partition, houses two 10.0-inch monitors as part of a comprehensive infotainment system. Set to be produced in a limited run of 99 at Magna Steyr’s manufacturing facility in Graz, Austria, the G650 Landaulet is being described as the most expensive G-Class model yet.
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