High & Mighty

A 700,000 USD jacked-up Suv-limo is, to all in­tents and pur­poses, a mad yet bril­liant idea

Bespoke - - WHOA! -

We al­ways knew May­bach, Mercedes-benz’ new sub-brand (as op­posed to its for­mer sta­ble­mate) would make an SUV but we never ex­pected it to be based on the G500 4x4², with its heavy­duty por­tal axle chas­sis (de­vel­oped for the G63 6x6) that al­lows the wheels to be mounted lower than the height of the axle and thereby pro­vide a huge 450mm of ground clear­ance and the fit­ment of mas­sive 22-inch wheels. Mean­while, the May­bach’s power comes from the same twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 petrol en­gine used in the G65, which is good for 621bhp and 1000NM of torque. The car’s big­gest talk­ing points are though the fit­ment of a lan­daulet roof (mean­ing a rear-sec­tion con­vert­ible that of­fers an open-air ex­pe­ri­ence for those rid­ing in the back) and two S-class Pull­man seats (com­plete with in­flat­able air cham­bers and hot stone mas­sag­ing func­tion) that re­cline to the point of a near lie-flat po­si­tion. With re­tractable ta­bles in­te­grated in the rear cen­tre con­sole, and an ad­di­tional cross mem­ber added be­tween the front and rear seat­ing rows that holds a glass par­ti­tion this car has no qualms about be­ing a limo. The glass di­vider even fea­tures an elec­tronic tint fea­ture for added pri­vacy while just below this are two 10-inch mon­i­tors that form part of a com­pre­hen­sive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem. Nev­er­the­less, with a re­designed G-class around the cor­ner, this May­bach G650 Lan­daulet ul­ti­mately serves as a fi­nal swan­song for an icon that has been with us since 1979. Only 99 ex­am­ples will be made and, for those who can af­ford one, de­liv­er­ies start in Au­gust.

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