Maybach madness

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet ;*Kraftstoffverbrauch kombiniert: 17,0 l/100 km, CO2-Emissionen kombiniert: 397 g/km Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet; *Fuel consumption combined: 17.0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 397 g/km

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.

Der neue Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet: Streng limitiert: Open-Air-Luxus on- und offroad

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.

Der neue Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet: Streng limitiert: Open-Air-Luxus on- und offroad
For those of you considering selling your house or, perhaps, a liver, to get your hands on one, you’ll have to move quickly. Due its worldwide début at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the G 650 will be limited to a 99-vehicle production run, going on sale in the autumn. There are still some questions to be answered, such as price and performance. Given that the ‘ordinary’ G65 will rumble from 0-100km/h in just over five seconds, this version should be closer to 3. As to the price, expect to fork out the cost of a decent two-bed house in Dublin city (it’s hard to know which would be more expensive). Do you really need two kidneys?

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