Mercedes offshoot Maybach has a reputation for devising vehicles that combine the ultimate in comfort with a price tag suitable only for those for whom money is no object, the best Mercedes has to offer wrapped in an ultra-extravagant package.
Their first off-roader, the G 650 Landaulet is no exception. Powered by a V12 biturbo engine, Mercedes’ argument for its existence is that ‘the definition of unique luxury can always be taken to a new level’. They’ve certainly succeeded. An electric fabric top allows those in the front (i.e. the chauffeur) to remain sheltered under the closed roof, while the back seat passengers can sip their champagne underneath the open sky at the press of a button. If you grow tired of your driver’s ramblings about the difficulties of luxury off-roading, simply push a button and a glass partition will divide the front and rear compartments. And, should you become weary of the back of his or her head, another button will turn the glass opaque.
Rear passengers can also avail of thermal cup holders to cool or heat their beverages, while the fold-out tables come with leather inserts for more comfortable letter-drafting. The luxury upholstery features diamond stitching, there are two 10-inch high resolution media displays for your viewing pleasure, while the front wings featuring the lettering ‘V12 BITURBO’, just in case the common folk mistake it for a regular G65.
But it isn’t just a luxury Chelsea tractor. At 5.3m long and with a wheelbase of 3.4m, the G 650 features portal axles that result in ground clearance of 0.5m. It has 100 per cent differential locks which can be engaged on the move. Should you get stuck in a rut, you can tap into some of the AMG V12 biturbo’s 630hp with peak torque of 1000Nm to get you moving again. Fuel consumption, as you might imagine, won’t be fantastic – 17L/100km (16mpg) combined.