Mercedes-Maybach has revealed its premier Maybach SUV- the G650 Landaulaet, based on the beloved G-Class. It was initially rumored that the first Maybach SUV would be based on the GLS, it seems as though Maybach has switched it up on us. Needless to say, we couldn’t be happier with their choice. The Mercedes-Maybach G650 shown was first assumed to be a new offering from Mercedes-AMG, but the new open-top G will be introduced through the Maybach family.
This model will be known as the G650 Landaulet. Fans will recall the 62 Landaulet which was offered by Maybach back in 2012. The Landaulet; a configuration which is typically seen on big body sedans, where the roof comes down for the enjoyment of the riders primarily in the back. This particular option is quite unique to the G-Class brand, though there have been convertible versions of the G in the past. This latest iteration, however will feature the running gear of the G500 4×4², as well as pumped fenders and high-riding portal axles.
Mercedes-Maybach has not released any official specifications for the new G650 Landaulet, but we already know that the power will derive from a 6.0L V12, which is good for 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque. Critically similar to outputs seen on the existing G65 AMG. Transmission will of course be a seven-spewed automatic mated to a locking differential for superb off-roading. The wheelbase has been stretched to accommodate greater legroom in the backseat- an additional 23.6 inches were added. It is worth noting that the G650 includes a rear-mounted spare tire, carbon fiber wheel arches, and a set of Pirelli Scorpion all-terrain tires. Pricing hasn’t yet been released either, but it is safe to assume that it will be well over $230k, which is roughly the price of the most expensive G500 4×4² currently available. With an estimated 100 models expected to make production, it may be fairly difficult to cop one. With Mercedes ready to drop a redesigned(lol) version of the stunning G-Class at one of the upcoming motor shows, likely Geneva, this particular iteration will surely be a grand salutation to the original version which has been around since 1979.
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