The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - PHOTOS: QUICKPIC

First the bad news: Magna Styer will build only 99 of the Mercedes-May­bach G 650 Lan­daulet, and only for left-hand­drive coun­tries. The good news is that 4x4 fans now have a new bench­mark in lux­ury off-road­ing in this open-top GClass, the first off-roader from the Mercedes-May­bach sub-brand. Up front a V12 en­gine pow­ers both por­tal axles, an elec­tric fab­ric top opens to the sun and the ex­clu­sive equip­ment spec­i­fi­ca­tion in the rear, which in­cludes mas­sag­ing seats and video screens, makes the first class seats in the nose of a plane look Spar­tan. The open-top four-seater makes its world pre­miere at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in March, where Wheels cor­re­spon­dent Si­bonelo Meyeni will do his best not to hug it for too long.

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