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      02-12-2017 06:51 PM #1







      A G-Class like never before: With the G650 Landaulet, Mercedes-Maybach presents a new masterpiece of automotive engineering. After the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the S650 Cabriolet, the open-top G-Class is the first off-roader from the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand. The exceptional G650 Landaulet follows the equally spectacular variants AMG G 63 6x6 and G 500 4x42. With its superlative V12 engine, portal axles, electric fabric top and exclusive equipment specification in the rear compartment, this very special all-terrain vehicle, which is limited to 99 units, meets the expectations of customers who demand the very highest standards of their vehicle. The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is surely the most exclusive form of stylish open-top motoring.

      The history of the G-Class is rich in superlatives and landmarks. With the new Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, the off-road icon demonstrates that the definition of unique luxury can always be taken to a new level. Not only that: the cult vehicle among off-roaders is forever reinventing itself and providing yet more evidence of the potential that still resides in this classic all-terrain vehicle today, which has been in production since 1979.

      "The name Maybach dates back to the beginnings of the automobile. It stands for supreme luxury with tradition, combined with high-tech. In 2015, we took the logical step of opening a new chapter in the luxury class with our Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand. Since then, over 15,000 Mercedes-Maybachs have been produced. Hence, one in every ten vehicles sold in the S-Class segment was a Mercedes-Maybach. With the Mercedes-Maybach G-Class Landaulet, we are now extending the Mercedes-Maybach portfolio to include the world's most iconic and prestigious off-roader. With the fifth model after the S-Class Saloon, Pullman and Cabriolet as well as the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 show car, we are underlining the importance of the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand for the Mercedes brand family," says Dr Jens Thiemer, Head of Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars.

      With a length of 5345 millimetres, a wheelbase of 3428 millimetres, a height of 2235 millimetres, almost half a metre of ground clearance and ample space and comfort for four passengers, the G650 Landaulet surpasses all standards. This extrovert G-Class thus represents a unique combination of luxurious chauffeur saloon and off-roader. While the driver and front passenger are accommodated under the closed roof, the rear passengers can revel in a maximum of comfort: at the press of a button, a large folding top opens electrically to offer a view of the blue sky. The rear passengers enjoy the majestic open-air experience from their single seats. On demand, an electrically operated glass partition separates the rear compartment from the driver's section. In addition, the glass can be changed from transparent to opaque at the press of a button.

      First-class rear seats with calf rest and fully reclined position

      Thanks to the 578 millimetre longer wheelbase, the passengers in the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet benefit from extensive freedom of movement. The first-class rear seats from the S-Class significantly enhance the seating comfort and spaciousness: the electrically multi-adjustable individual seats can be conveniently set to a fully reclined position. The active multicontour seats with ENERGIZING massage function have inflatable air chambers to provide high seating comfort and excellent lateral support. Massage programs make for enhanced well-being - according to the principle of a relaxing hot-stone massage, including with heat. The rear seating concept is augmented by a calf rest, which is freely adjustable in length and swivel range.

      The other appointments of the G650 Landaulet also leave nothing to be desired. To afford the rear passengers the optimum in comfort, there is a large business console with thermal cup holders between the individual seats. These allow beverages to be cooled or heated over a lengthy period of time. The controls for opening or closing the glass partition are integrated behind the cup holders. Similarly to an aircraft seat, the centre console comes with two tables, which can be easily folded in or out with one hand. The table tops have leather inserts to provide a comfortable writing surface or to allow the use of tablets and notebooks.

      Individual Entertainment System with two monitors in the rear

      Positioned in front of the cup holders is a control for the rear air conditioning. Further forward is a "G cockpit" in the style of the driver's instrument panel. The centre console houses the three distinctive, centrally placed pushbutton switches. These switches are not used to operate the three differential locks, however: one switch is for the interior lighting, while the other two are used to open and close the soft top. The rear "G cockpit" also includes two glove compartments as well as grab handles typical of the G-Class. The cross-member, which also holds the glass partition, accommodates two 25.4 cm (10-inch) high-resolution media displays of the Individual Entertainment System.

      Two-tone designo upholstery in four trim colours

      The luxurious, exquisite character of the Landaulet is emphasised by the high-grade designo upholstery with diamond stitching, which is in all cases two-tone and available in four trim colours. Customers can choose between three different matching colours for the fabric top as well as four attractive designo paint finishes, including a matt finish. "V12 BITURBO" lettering on the front wings points to the ultimate in motive power, the 12-c ylinder engine. The radiator grille features a chrome-plated double louvre and a chrome-plated screen.

      Exclusive "LANDAULET" lettering is worked into the rim flanges of the ceramically polished, 55.9 cm (22-inch) 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels. Electrically extending entry aids make for easier access to the vehicle. Other exclusive exterior design features include front and rear underride guards, large wheel-arch flares in genuine carbon fibre as well as, mounted on the right at the rear, the spare wheel with integral holder for the third brake light.

      Portal axles and 325/55 R 22 tyres

      As is customary with the off-road icon, the "G" is forever breaking new ground: unlike previous Landaulets, which were based on prestigious saloons, the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet also has what it takes to deliver an unforgettable off-road experience. Familiar from the AMG G 63 6x6 and G 500 4x42, the portal axles provide ample ground clearance of 450 millimetres, allowing the open-top all-terrain vehicle to overcome even extreme obstacles in masterly fashion. In contrast to a conventional rigid axle, the wheels are not at the height of the axle centre, but are instead situated much further down on the axle heads owing to the portal transmission.

      Tyres of size 325/55 R 22 form the ideal basis for perfect handling both on- and off-road. Of course, the latest "G" also features the typical 100-percent differential locks, which can be engaged while on the move, as well as the low off-road ratio of the transfer case. The combination of this 4WD technology, unique in the off-road segment, makes the G650 Landaulet stand out from all other 4x4 vehicles.

      High drive comfort comes courtesy of the most powerful available engine, the Mercedes-AMG V12 biturbo, which delivers a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) with a peak torque of 1000 Newton-metres.

      Over 100 years of famous Landaulets from Stuttgart

      Landaulet vehicles have a long tradition at the Stuttgart-based car maker. This special class of vehicle included the Benz 25/45 PS of 1910. Other famous examples of this exclusive genre are the Mercedes-Benz 300 d Landaulet (from 1960), the Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet (from 1964) and the Maybach Landaulet (from 2008).

      Limited to 99 units, market premiere in autumn 2017

      Like all other variants of the G-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, too, will be produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. The open-top four-seater will celebrate its world premiere and sales release at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. The market launch of the special series, which will be limited to 99 units, will start in autumn 2017.
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      WaBenzi, in the Bantu language of Swahili, denotes politicians; it literally means “the people who drive in a Benz.” When was the last time a car made you feel upper-crusty? We’ve just had that sensation while riding in the rear seat of the most over-the-top vehicle imaginable, brought to you by the fine people at Mercedes-Benz, who took their iconic G-class and converted it into the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet.

      You read that model designation correctly: The team working under Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, CEO of Mercedes-Benz G (yep, the Geländewagen platform has its very own CEO), started out with a basic G-wagen, took the portal axles of the ultra-aggressive 4×4² version, stuffed the G65 AMG’s twin-turbocharged V-12 under the boxy hood, stretched the wheelbase by 22.8 inches, and added the “first-class” rear seats from the Mercedes-Maybach S-class. For good measure, the rear portion of the standard fixed roof has been replaced by a power-operated fabric top (last available nearly four years ago). Sure, it’s a parts-bin production—but using only parts from the shelf above the top shelf. Cars don’t get much more extreme. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche reacted with enthusiasm when he first saw the project and jacked up the production target, originally planned to be minuscule, to 99 units.

      There should be no problem selling that many, as our impressions from the back seat of this behemoth were mostly favorable. Perched on polished 22-inch aluminum wheels shod with 325/55R-22 tires, this glitzy beast looks as if it could conquer anything—and it certainly has the mechanicals to cash the check the styling writes. Rarely have we experienced a vehicle that tackles off-road challenges with such ease. Craggy rocks, nasty holes, and muddy swampy bogs are simply nonissues, and there is so much ground clearance—17.7 inches—that chances are any bush you drive over will emerge unscathed. As with every G-class, a low-range transfer case is standard, as are locking front, center, and rear differentials.

      The hiss of the AMG-sourced 621-hp V-12 is muffled and refined for this Maybach application, but it’s still clearly audible. It serves as an appropriate indicator of the performance capabilities: The G650 Landaulet will charge to 60 mph in well under six seconds by Mercedes’ reckoning, and the company says it could top 150 mph if it weren’t governed at 112 mph (good idea, that). Speed is not the primary goal of this G-wagen, but if the order arrives from the rear seat, the chauffeur can hurl it forward with gusto.

      The G650 Landaulet forward cabin is relatively unchanged from that of a regular and fully optioned G-wagen; the instruments and switches have been taken from various Mercedes vehicles, and the surroundings are charmingly old-fashioned, elemental, and a far cry from any other modern SUV.

      The rear compartment tells an entirely different story. Those “first-class” Maybach seats can recline nearly flat, they feature a vigorous massage system, and they’re accompanied by fold-out tray tables, as well as silver champagne flutes, supplied by Robbe & Berking, hidden in a separate compartment. To underscore the flair of the G650—and the Landaulet nomenclature—the rear also contains a near copy of the G’s front center console and two glove compartments with covers identical to the ones up front. There are eight grab handles, and the electrically operated partition goes from clear to opaque with a flip of a switch. Two cuddly Maybach pillows complete the most lavish passenger compartment we’ve experienced since, well, ever.

      The amply padded fabric top can be lowered electrically in about 20 seconds and only by command from the rear seat. One of the great appeals of this vehicle is doing precisely that, the better to stand up and survey the surroundings, to enjoy a breath of fresh air, or simply to be seen by adoring throngs.

      The G650 Landaulet won’t be sold in the United States, officially, although we’re sure that those with the right plutocratic tendencies and the right connections could find a way to get one here through semiofficial channels. What good is money or power if it doesn’t alleviate such problems with a wave of your wrist? The price remains a secret, but we’re guessing a G650 Landaulet could be yours for around half a million euros, or about $550,000 at today’s exchange rates. And while it is very convincing as a Maybach, it sure made us feel like one of the WaBenzi.
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      02-12-2017 06:53 PM #3
      Wow. You're weren't kidding about parts-bin special. Nice send-off for this bad boy regardless.
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      02-12-2017 06:56 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by TangoRed View Post
      Wow. You're weren't kidding about parts-bin special. Nice send-off for this bad boy regardless.
      Nope, they straight up just stuck some Maybach S-Class seats in the back of a stretched G500 4x4

      It's insane and stupid and badass and I want one.
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    5. 02-12-2017 07:00 PM #5
      Why do i never tire of this bodystyle

      I love it

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      02-12-2017 07:00 PM #6
      **** that's delicious.

      I'll take mine in that color, with 4x4² axles & both sets of wheels/tires.

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      02-12-2017 07:42 PM #7
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      Weird how the press release glosses over the amazing connectionless suspension system based on anti-gravity technology.
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      02-12-2017 07:56 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Double-V View Post
      Weird how the press release glosses over the amazing connectionless suspension system based on anti-gravity technology.
      You mean portal axles?

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      02-12-2017 07:57 PM #9
      Holy ****

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      02-12-2017 08:14 PM #10
      The breakover angle must be terrible
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      02-12-2017 08:17 PM #11
      Wait, it this supposed to appeal to Russian oligarchs or African dictators?

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      Wait, it this supposed to appeal to Russian oligarchs or African dictators?
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    13. 02-12-2017 09:05 PM #13
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      Wait, it this supposed to appeal to Russian oligarchs or African dictators?

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      02-12-2017 09:08 PM #14
      der bros will love it

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      02-12-2017 11:10 PM #15
      I love me some G wagons but this one I just don't get.

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      02-12-2017 11:43 PM #16
      I understand that there is no point to this thing's existence other than an addition to a Saudi prince's collection, but I still have to ask... what's the point?
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      02-13-2017 12:19 AM #17
      The more they doll up the G-Class, the less I like it. I wish it was little less taller, a little less baller.


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      02-13-2017 12:51 AM #18
      I'm LOL'ing at the center mounted stop light mounted on the spare tire carrier



      Isn't the main purpose of it is to have the light at eye level of the driver behind you? But I guess in this case, low flying aircraft?

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      02-13-2017 01:15 AM #19
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      I understand that there is no point to this thing's existence other than an addition to a Saudi prince's collection, but I still have to ask... what's the point?
      Why does there have to be a point?
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      02-13-2017 01:21 AM #20
      I think this is the first time I've ever seen a landau top car where the roof really was a convertible.

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      Quote Originally Posted by mx5er View Post
      I'm LOL'ing at the center mounted stop light mounted on the spare tire carrier

      Isn't the main purpose of it is to have the light at eye level of the driver behind you? But I guess in this case, low flying aircraft?
      Isn't it to have the brake light at window level of the cars between the braking car and the ones behind it, so the light can be seen through the windows further back than just one car? In this case the CHMSL is high enough to be ABOVE all cars.

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      02-13-2017 06:46 AM #22
      i like the color matched lake.

    23. 02-13-2017 06:58 AM #23
      Just for entertainment purposes for me, I want to see how much this is so I can get a true good laugh


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      02-13-2017 10:14 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by JBBJR14 View Post
      Just for entertainment purposes for me, I want to see how much this is so I can get a true good laugh
      I'm expecting €500,000, which is about €100,000 more than the G63 6x6 was.
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    25. 02-13-2017 10:17 AM #25
      This looks like a 2000s rapper special.

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