Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet Preview Feb 28, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is the vehicle for the rare few who want a truly capable off-roading vehicle with the luxury that you expect from Mercedes. It is also the first time the Maybach has contributed to the legendary G-Wagen, boosting the power and performance to a bizarre level for this “La-Z-Boy”-safari four-by-four.
Under the Hood
If you are familiar with the previous G-Wagens from Mercedes, you know they were equipped with tough V8 engines. The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet takes this to the next level with a twin-turbocharged V12 engine that generates 738 pound-feet of torque and 630 horsepower. The G650 relies on a four-wheel drive featuring differential locks in the front, rear, and center. It also sends the power to portal axles in the front and rear, which are solid and designed to move the drive axles and differential higher than the wheel centers, thereby enhancing ground clearance. While the power of the engine is truly dramatic, keep in mind that this beast needs the extra juice. It is 7.3 feet tall and 17.5 feet long, offering way more space than you are likely to use on anything except a full-fledged safari. The size and engine affect the economy, which is just 13.8 mpg. This would be low for the average driver or a regular vehicle, but it is more than reasonable for an off-road vehicle of this size.
In our opinion, the interior cannot get any more luxurious. We are particularly impressed with the rear seats, which are individual chairs that can recline fully, complete with leg rests that deploy from underneath. This is the perfect way to make use of the truck’s impressive space that comes from the extra 22.7 inches tacked onto the wheelbase. The seats themselves feature massage capabilities and inflatable air cushions that hug your body for ergonomic support and added comfort off-road.
Since this is a Mercedes, you do not need to lower or raise the soft top yourself. The roof and glass partition separating the driver’s compartment from the other areas feature electronic control. To ensure that no other vehicle can compete, the G650 Landaulet has folding tables for the rear seats, 10-inch LCD displays, and cup holders that are heated, illuminated, and cooled. People who are intimidated by the height of the vehicle will appreciate the extendable step that helps you in and out.
You can admire the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet all you want, but do not expect ever to own one. There will only be 99 models built, and Mercedes will not sell any in the United States. People who do manage to get one of the several dozen G650 Landaulets will then have the opportunity to customize their vehicle. The choices include four different paint colors, three colors for the soft top, and four color schemes inside. We’ll sure this unusual vehicle will find loving owners among select multimillionaires.