Joe Yogerst 2017-06-08 07:19:23
Whether cruising the streets or on an off-roading adventure, discover what makes the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet the pinnacle of luxury. Not one to beat around the bush, Jens Thiemer, vice president of marketing for Mercedes-Benz Cars, called it “the world’s most iconic and prestigious off-roader” when the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet was unveiled earlier this year. What makes the Landaulet so special? Just about everything, from its ultra-off -road capabilities in rocky, muddy or steep terrain and its rugged good looks to a posh rear cabin that wouldn’t look (or feel) out of place in a top-shelf Rolls-Royce or Bentley. Most of the styling, both inside and out, derives from the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, a relatively mild-mannered SUV that costs a fifth of the price. So the boxy shape, the distinctive front grille with three-pointed star, and even the elegant front-passenger cabin are familiar to Geländewagen fans. “After the Mercedes-AMG G 63 6x6 and the Mercedes-Benz G 550 4x4 launched, the team knew our customers expected something unique,” says Mercedes-Benz USA spokesperson Catherine Gebhardt. “And from this, the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet was born. It was not only a single person or department who dreamt up this vehicle. Many different people, across several departments, were instrumental in creating the G 650 Landaulet.” Heaven, in this case, is very much in the details—the extra power under the hood, the extreme comfort and sumptuousness of the rear seat, and a 4x4 system worthy of a Mars rover or lunar lander. With production limited to a mere 99 vehicles worldwide, this vehicle is the definition of elite luxury. ENGINE Under the hood, the Landaulet's Mercedes-AMG V-12 biturbo engine churns out a maximum 630 horsepower-more than a turbocharged Porsche 911. OFF-ROADING FEATURES With almost 18 inches of ground clearance, portal axles and a sophisticated 4X4 system built around a differential lock than can transfer 100 percent of the engine's available power to a given wheel, the limited-edition Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is built for serious off-roading. CONVERTIBLE TOP Rear-seat passengers can have the wind in their hair and the sun on their face at the touch of a button that retracts the folding fabric top. The front cockpit remains covered, separated from the back by an electronic glass partition that goes up or down, or from transparent to opaque, via another button. TAILGATE Bringing up the rear, the tailgate hides a small trunk and carries a built-in support for a 22-inch, twin spoke spare wheel with standard 325/55 R 22 Pirelli tire. The "Landaulet" branding is chiseled into the rim flanges of all five wheels. REAR COCKPIT Two-tone leather seats in the rear cockpit recline significantly and feature a massage function based on hot stone therapy. Among other bach seat amenities are the individual, two-screen entertainment system, and twin thermal cup holders as well as a compartment for two Champagne flutes.
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