Maybach Puts Its Luxury Touch on Wild Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Ultra-luxury Merc-Maybach G650 Landaulet will act as this G-Class’s last hurrah

Mercedes-Benz is sending the original military grade G-Class off in style with the unveiling of a four-seat G650 Landaulet range-topping model badged as a Mercedes-Maybach. It is the latest in a growing number of high-priced models from the Maybach sub-brand.

Set to make its debut at the Geneva show next month, the 621bhp 6.0-litre V12 limo-cum-off-roader foreshadows the launch of a heavily upgraded version of the 38-year-old G-Class later this year.

It has a semi-convertible roof structure similar to that adopted by the Maybach 62 Landaulet launched in 2007.

The four-door G650 Landaulet is based around the long-wheelbase G-Class, with the widened body, modified running gear and portal axle chassis from the G63 6×6 and G5004x4. It’s 5345mm long,2110mm wide and 2335mm tall. Its ground clearance is 450mm.

The fifth in the current range of Maybach models rides on a wheelbase of 3428mm. That’s 258mm longer than the long- wheelbase S-Class, which forms the basis of the similarly plush Mercedes-Maybach S65.

Front occupants sit under a fixed steel roof but rear 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 an electrically operated glass partition separating the front section of the cabin from the rear. It can be changed from transparent to opaque.

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Additionally, the individual rear seats, taken from the S-Class Pullman and with inflatable air chambers and a hot-stone massaging function, can be fully reclined. There are also retractable tables in the rear and two l0.0in monitors as part of a comprehensive infotainment system.

Power comes from the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine used by the G65, with 621bhp at 5000rpm and 737lb ft between 2300rpm and4300rpm.

It uses a standard seven- speed torque-converter automatic featuring a separate transfer case with low-range gearing and a heavy-duty four-wheel-drive system that has three differential locks, which can be engaged on the move.

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No performance claims have been revealed yet, although the more road-biased G65 dispatches 0-62mph in 5.3sec.

The G650 Laundaulet will be produced in a limited run of 99 units at Magna Steyr’s facility in Austria. The price is yet to be announced, but officials say it will top the €480,000 (£409k at today’s exchange rates) starting price of the G63 6×6.

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