The ultra-luxurious and ultra-wacky Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet has officially been revealed, following leaked images posted online last week, packing a twin-turbo V12 and a retractable roof for those hot summer desert days.
The name 'Landaulet' refers to a vehicle with a folding hood over the rear seats, and has been used on several Mercedes-Benz models including the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 d Landaulet, 1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet and the 2008 Maybach Landaulet.
Powering the luxury off-roader is the company's 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12, which has featured in numerous models including the AMG S65, SL65 and G65 over the years, producing a whopping 463kW of power and 1000Nm of torque sent to all four wheels.
No performance figures are quoted, but it's logical to expect brisk performance from the big off-roader.
Limited to just 99 units globally, the G650 Landaulet features exclusive appointments including a 578mm longer wheelbase than the standard G-Class, individually-adjustable rear seats from the S-Class limousine, massaging seats, calf rests for rear passengers, thermal cup holders in between the rear seats, tables with leather inserts at the rear, a rear entertainment system with dual-10-inch screens, 22-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 325/55 R22 tyres, carbon-fibre front and rear guards, along with carbon-fibre wheel arch flares and electrically-extending side steps.
The four-seat G650 Landaulet does, however, stays true to its all-terrain roots, thanks to its 450mm of ground clearance courtesy of the portal axles from the AMG G63 6x6 and G500 4x4^2, along with 100 per cent differential locks and a low-ratio gearing.
Customers can choose from three different matching colours for the folding fabric roof along with four 'designo' exterior paint colours.
Making its public debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show next month, the Maybach G650 Landaulet will launch in the European autumn in September.
Jerry Stamoulis, manager for public relations and product communications at Mercedes-Benz Australia, told CarAdvice the Maybach G650 Landaulet is unlikely to make it to Australia, because it will not be available in right-hand drive - like the AMG G65 that shares the same engine.
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