A lim­ited edi­tion of 300: the new Mercedes-May­bach S 650 cabri­o­let - the ul­ti­mate in open-air ex­clu­siv­ity

Malta Independent - - MOTORING ON TUESDAY - Edited by John Peel

The first cabri­o­let from the Mercedes-May­bach brand is mak­ing its de­but at the Los An­ge­les Auto Show and is all set to hit mar­kets in the spring of 2017 – lim­ited to 300 ex­am­ples and with a net price tag of 300,000 eu­ros. Unique fea­tures in­clude nine ad­di­tional colour con­cepts for the in­te­rior, the trim op­tion­ally with “flow­ing lines” plus the hand-fin­ished crafts­man­ship of the leather seats with per­fo­ra­tions in a wa­ter­fall-style look. The drive sys­tem is a 6.0-litre V12 en­gine with an out­put of 463 kW (630 hp).

A glimpse into the fu­ture of the lux­ury brand was pro­vided by the Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6, which made its Euro­pean pre­miere at the Paris Mo­tor Show just a few weeks ago. This is now be­ing fol­lowed by the MercedesMay­bach S 650 Cabri­o­let, a series pro­duc­tion model which, em­bod­ies mod­ern lux­ury and rep­re­sents the de­sign phi­los­o­phy of Sen­sual Pu­rity: it is both hot and cool at the same time. World­wide just 300 ex­am­ples of this open-top four-seater model will be pro­duced.

The Mercedes-May­bach S 650 is based on the open-top S-Class and has adopted the lat­ter’s clas­sic pro­por­tions, among other fea­tures, with high­lights which in­clude the dy­namic sil­hou­ette with coupé-like soft top and the drop­ping line along the side which slopes down to­wards the rear. Ex­clu­sive Mercedes-May­bach fea­tures in­clude a new front bumper with up­graded lower sec­tion and also nu­mer­ous chrome high­lights. The May­bach em­blem is dis­creetly but el­e­gantly fea­tured on the ve­hi­cle’s wing. Other spe­cial el­e­ments on the ex­te­rior in­clude the high-qual­ity 20inch May­bach forged wheels in a pow­er­ful de­sign with a bichro­matic fin­ish. On open­ing the doors, the May­bach logo is pro­jected onto the floor by means of en­trance light­ing.

In­te­rior theme: “Ev­ery­thing flows”

In the in­te­rior, the fully leather­trimmed Mercedes-May­bach S 650 Cabri­o­let brings some of the vi­sion­ary ideas of the Con­cept S Class Coupé show car (IAA 2013) to series pro­duc­tion. Th­ese in­clude the dy­namic “flow­ing lines” in the seats. This wa­ter­fal­l­like seat up­hol­stery look is achieved with the aid of pro­gres­sive per­fo­ra­tions. An eye for de­tail is also demon­strated in the outer di­a­mond quilt­ing on the seat side bol­sters and the Bu­dapest pip­ing.

The unique trim el­e­ments are com­mis­sioned in­di­vid­u­ally for each ve­hi­cle based on the colour and grain. In ad­di­tion to trim on the in­stru­ment panel and door pan­elling, the Mercedes-May­bach S 650 Cabri­o­let ex­clu­sively boasts a trim el­e­ment on top of the soft top com­part­ment with in­laid May­bach logo. As an op­tion, the look can be re­fined with “flow­ing lines”. In com­bi­na­tion with the other trim el­e­ments a unique yacht am­bi­ence is cre­ated – in­spired by the Mercedes-Benz Style “Ar­row 460-Gran­tur­ismo” yacht.

The flow­ing lines are gen­er­ated by a com­bi­na­tion of pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ing and tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship. As part of this, the sub­strate be­neath the fine wood ve­neer of the three-di­men­sional

The flow­ing lines are gen­er­ated by a com­bi­na­tion of pre­ci­sion ma­chin­ing and tra­di­tional crafts­man­ship

trim el­e­ment is ex­posed in a spe­cial process us­ing a fine milling cut­ter (with a di­am­e­ter of 0.8 mm). The in­di­vid­u­ally milled lines fol­low the shape of the trim, thus re­in­forc­ing the three-di­men­sional ef­fect.

Ex­clu­sive to the Mercedes-May­bach S 650 Cabri­o­let are trim el­e­ments in de­signo nut brown mag­no­lia – either with flow­ing lines or in a high-gloss fin­ish. Nine ad­di­tional in­te­rior colour con­cepts – from pastel yel­low/black to porce­lain/sad­dle brown – pro­vide for fur­ther in­di­vid­u­al­i­sa­tion.

Mercedes-May­bach lo­gos are lo­cated on the front side of the seats (em­broi­dered), on the back of the head re­straints (em­bossed) and also in­laid in the stowage cover of the cen­tre con­sole. Other de­tails in­clude deep-pile floor mats, chrome-plated “1 of 300” let­ter­ing on the cup holder, and the steer­ing wheel which fea­tures May­bach let­ter­ing on the lower bezel.

All of the op­tional ex­tras of the S-Class Cabri­o­let come as stan­dard on the Mercedes-May­bach, in­clud­ing AIRCAP, AIRSCARF and Swarovski head­lamps.

El­e­gant items of lug­gage: colour-co­or­di­nated to match the in­te­rior vari­ant

The Mercedes-May­bach S 650 Cabri­o­let is equipped as stan­dard with an ex­clu­sive travel lug­gage set from MAY­BACH ICONS OF LUX­URY. “THE AFFINITY” set com­prises two large travel bags as well as two life­style bags made of orig­i­nal ve­hi­cle leather. In terms of form and colour – which are co­or­di­nated with the in­te­rior vari­ant se­lected by the cus­tomer – the bag set is tai­lored to match the Cabri­o­let. The bags can be se­curely at­tached to each other with straps to en­able op­ti­mum use of the space in the boot.

Just like the ve­hi­cles from Mercedes-May­bach, the el­e­gant items of lug­gage from the li­cence part­ner MAY­BACH - ICONS OF LUX­URY GmbH meet high stan­dards in terms of de­sign, ma­te­ri­als and the Ger­man art of man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Sup­plied as stan­dard: ex­clu­sive fab­ric cover and cer­tifi­cate

The scope of de­liv­ery of each Mercedes-May­bach Cabri­o­let in­cludes a car cover made of high­qual­ity fab­ric in the soft top colour, with di­a­mond quilt­ing and em­broi­dered May­bach em­blem and let­ter­ing on the bon­net.

In ad­di­tion, each MercedesMay­bach Cabri­o­let is de­liv­ered with a spe­cial wel­come pack. This com­prises a key ring made of the nappa leather used in the ve­hi­cle and in the in­te­rior colour, with May­bach em­blem and “1 of 300” let­ter­ing, as well as a cer­tifi­cate signed by Dr Di­eter Zetsche, Chair­man of Daim­ler AG and Head of Mercedes Benz Cars.

The pow­er­train: a fit­ting biturbo V12

The lux­ury cabri­o­let’s su­pe­rior drive sys­tem re­lies on the 6.0-litre biturbo V12 en­gine with an out­put of 463 kW (630 hp). Power trans­mis­sion to the rear axle comes via 7G-TRONIC, while the AIRMATIC sus­pen­sion with step­lessly vari­able damp­ing con­trol en­sures a spe­cial driv­ing sen­sa­tion.

Mercedes-May­bach: in­no­va­tive strength fused with ex­clu­siv­ity

Mercedes-May­bach stands for the ul­ti­mate in ex­clu­siv­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity for sta­tus-ori­ented cus­tomers. The cur­rent ve­hi­cles in­clude the Mercedes-May­bach S 500 and S 600 mod­els, launched in Fe­bru­ary 2015, which blend the in­no­va­tive strength of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the ex­clu­siv­ity of May­bach. A spe­cial pro­tec­tion ver­sion, the MercedesMay­bach S 600 Guard, is the world’s first pas­sen­ger car to meet the high­est bal­lis­tic pro­tec­tion level for civil­ian ve­hi­cles, VR10. The lat­est mod­els are the Mercedes-May­bach S 600 Pull­man (in­tro­duced at the start of 2016) and the Mercedes-May­bach S 600 Pull­man Guard (first de­liv­er­ies sched­uled for the sec­ond half of 2017), both with a vis à-vis seat­ing lay­out.

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