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Featured OFFICIAL Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet

Discussion in 'Mercedes-Benz G-Class' started by Wolfgang, Feb 12, 2017.

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      • Wolfgang

        Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

        The mad Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet has sold out
        Confirmation that all 99 Maybach Gs were snapped up following Geneva show unveil

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        The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is an absurd thing. We love it, but we probably wouldn’t buy one. Mostly because we can’t quite pull it off, but also because it costs €630,000 before taxes and, get this, Mercedes reliably informs us it sold out almost immediately after it was revealed at this year’s Geneva motor show.

        Yep, all 99 were snapped up by very wealthy individuals without a moment’s hesitation, which we guess is unsurprising. A biturbo V12, portal-axle’d SUV Landaulet isn’t the sort of thing you buy after days of deliberation. It’s the kind of thing you buy on a whim, without telling your wife.

        A quick recap on the mad G, not that you need it: it’s a Maybach-badged, AMG V12-engined convertible Mercedes G-Class. It measures in at a subtle 5.3m long and 2.2m high, with a ground clearance of more than half a metre thanks to those portal axles. It’s strictly a four seater, and though the driver and front passenger get a proper roof, the rear passengers are treated to an electrically folding fabric roof that stows in an unspecified amount of seconds to reveal much sky. Press another button, and a glass partition further separates front and back passengers. Another push of a button, and said glass changes from transparent to opaque. Shady.

        Those individual rear chairs have been lifted from the S-Class, which means they can be fully reclined, offer massage programs and get a calf rest. There’s also a business console with cup holders that allow your chosen refreshment to be either cooled or heated. Even the tables have leather inserts to allow for a “comfortable writing surface”.

        About that engine: AMG’s monster 6.0-litre biturbo V12 has been deployed, which - as in the G65 AMG - produces 621bhp and 737lb ft of torque. It’s got 100 per cent diff locks too.

        Mercedes also tells us that for the time being, it has no plans to halt production of the current G. We thought the 650 was some kind of swansong, but no. The G is set to last at least until its 40th anniversary in 2019, and beyond. It will no doubt be updated with new engines, technologies and styling tweaks, but we’re assured the fundamentals will remains the same (the 650’s door handles are, we’re told, totally interchangeable with a ’79 G-Wagen’s. True fact).

        Excellent news (we’re in this camp), or should the G have died years ago? Comment away.

        The mad Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet has sold out
         
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        • Wolfgang

          Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

          Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet review: outrageous SUV driven

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          What on earth…

          We know. The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is what happens when you equip a Geländewagen with the 6.0-litre, biturbo V12 from the S65, the portal axles from the G 500 4x42 and the rear seats from a Maybach S-Class. Then stretch the wheelbase by more than half a metre and fit a Laundalet-style soft-top. And yes, it still has three diff locks. The 650 is, quite simply, outrageous.

          Erm, why?

          Why the hell not? People love the G-Wagen. Mercedes is selling more than ever (including over 1,000 4x42s to date…), most of them AMGs (AKA, the expensive ones). So it seems there’s no shortage of people willing to spend vast sums of money on a car that was conceived in the mid-Seventies, hasn’t changed all that much since and is thus in many ways objectively worse than modern SUVs. But since when has the G-Wagen been about objectivity?

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          Walk us through it, then.

          It has presence, the G650. And so it should – at 5345mm long and 2235mm tall, it’s substantially longer and taller than a long-wheelbase Range Rover. The portal axles also give it much ground clearance, like the 4x42. The G650 adds sidesteps that deploy electronically when you open any of the G’s four doors, then retract once you’ve clambered aboard. Development boss Pamela Amann tells us this is because when she went to look at an early prototype modelled on a 4x42, she was wearing a pencil skirt and thus couldn’t physically clamber up and in. The problem was solved in the short term with a small step-ladder.

          The front is typical G-Wagen, albeit beautifully trimmed. Behind the two front seats there’s a glass partition that can be raised, lowered, or made completely opaque with the push of a button. Said button is in the back, as is the button to raise and lower the roof which, interestingly, isn’t fully electric. A motor does the heavy lifting, but first you have to manually unlock it with a couple of fantastically mechanical-feeling handles above the partition screen. Mercedes tells us this is entirely on-purpose, because it’s in-keeping with the nature of the car.

          And the back?

          Better than the front. The chairs are a direct lift from the Maybach S600, so they heat, cool, massage and move about on request. The 578mm wheelbase extension means there’s enough room for a six-footer like myself to stretch his legs out properly, too, towards the console (designed to look like the G’s dash, but a bespoke part) on which the twin screens are mounted. A small wind deflector means bluster is kept to a minimum and the positioning of the seats relative to the windows, folded roof and spare tyre mean you feel surprisingly cocooned. You barely notice the gawping, the waving, the hurled expletives…

          The seats even take the sting out of the G’s ride. No G rides well, but as you’ll remember Chris Harris saying in his review of the 4x42, all the serious suspension work that’s gone in to make it better off-road has had the perhaps unintended effect of making it more comfortable and controlled on it. The 650 rides OK. For a G. Ultimately an S-Class is (much) more comfortable, but it can’t scale tall pointy things.

          What if I want to drive it?

          Don’t. I mean, it’s quite entertaining in a perverse kind of way – because it’s massive and way, way quicker than it need be (0-62mph in less than six seconds, 112mph-limited top speed), but the steering is imprecise and curiously willing to self-centre at every available opportunity. Even while stationary. Rearward and over-the-shoulder visibility is poor because of the partition, and placing it is tricky because there’s more than a foot of invisible carbon-fibre wheel arch either side of the bonnet. And it attracts attention. A lot of it. Mostly positive, admittedly, but if you live your life behind tinted glass this isn’t the car for you.

          Bet it’s expensive.

          Naturally. €630,000 before taxes, which in Germany means €749,000 all-in. The price, then, like the car itself, defies rationalisation. This is a car without competition. You can’t help but love (or loathe) it for its absurdity, however objectionable you might find it.

          Specs:

          5980cc biturbo V12, 621bhp, 738lb ft, 112mph, 0-62mph in less than six secs, 3,350kg

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          Wait for the next issue of Top Gear magazine for the full story.

          Images: Dennis Noten

          Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet review: outrageous SUV driven
           
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          • Sovereign

            Sovereign Well-Known Member

            I feel good being a MB fan because this company does things that others don't dare to do. SLR Sterling Moss was one of those that was so out of this world and so is this Maybach G class Laundaulet. I am also anticipating that the AMG Hyper car would be another one of those that are uniquely done, as it appears due to the powertrain. This company knows how to keep the fans happy.

            PS. I am not happy at all with the tail treatment of the new E class. The design is so lame IMO. Just wanted to get it off the chest. :D
             
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            • rs271

              rs271 Well-Known Member Contributing Member

               
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              • sako97

                sako97 Well-Known Member

                The convertible top looks likes the work of one of those aftermarket convertible companies. The one's that'll turn whatever car into conervertible or roadster in a week's time.
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                • Sunny

                  Sunny Well-Known Member Staff Member GCF Guru

                  The whole thing screams aftermarket hack job. Those half black fenders look like what the boy racers do to their civics - tack on black plastic fenders. The wheels are so not even in the fenders - like one of those jumping pimp cars.
                  giphy.

                  The interior is such a mishmash of different eras, like someone stuck some tablets on a 80s car.

                  This is what a proper G class should be like -

                  1920px-Mercedes-Benz_G500.

                  Every new version is a bigger travesty than the previous one, like one of those plastic surgery/botox gone horribly wrong pics.

                  plastic-surgery-gone-wrong-painful.


                  Hope they put it out of it's misery and build a whole new one.

                  ps. Sorry someone had to say it - emperor had fcuking one too many horrible plastic surgeries.
                   
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