The consistent impression that Mercedes-Benz brings to car fans is noble and elegant. In Swahili, Bantu people even use the word “WaBenzi” to represent the upper class who drive Mercedes-Benz. It is not too much to be treated like this. I can fully imagine the noble feeling when sitting in the back row of a Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which has always been presented to car fans with a hardcore image, is also endowed with a luxurious atmosphere, and the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is the pinnacle.
As the CEO of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (yes, the G-series models have a separate CEO), Dr. Gunnar Güthenke and his team took the G-Class platform as a model and adopted the portal axle of the 4×4 model. design, and crammed into the engine bay is a twin-turbo V12 from the G65 AMG. In addition, the wheelbase of the vehicle has been extended by 579mm, and the same top-level seats as the Maybach S-class have been added to the rear row.
That’s not all, the hard top over the rear row has been replaced with a power-folding soft top. The last Mercedes-Benz G with a soft top dates back nearly four years. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche was intrigued when he first saw the car, and immediately decided to expand the project – originally planned for a limited edition of 99 examples.
I believe that most car fans will be conquered by this luxury behemoth, not to mention those rich people who spend money like water, so there is no need to worry about its sales. It uses 22-inch polished aluminum wheels and tires up to 325/55R22, making it look like it has the possibility to conquer all terrains. Of course, the powerful mechanical structure of the G series is enough to ensure that it shows the same off-road performance, and the ground clearance as high as 450mm endows it with super passability. It is equipped with the same low-speed transfer case as the Mercedes-Benz G, and the support of the front, middle and rear differential locks has long been frightening. Whether it’s rugged rocks, treacherous ravines, or muddy swamps, it’s as smooth as ever.
The 621-horsepower V12 engine from AMG has been specially tuned and optimized for Maybach. It is enough to match the luxury status of this car in terms of power parameters and performance. The G650 Landaulet’s 0-96km/h linear acceleration time is less than 6 seconds, and its top speed is limited to 180km/h (theoretically it can reach 250km/h). Speed is not the primary goal of the G, but once it receives instructions from the rear passengers, it can explode at any time with invincible acceleration performance.
The front row space of the G650 Landaulet is almost the same as that of the ordinary G-class. The dashboard and switch buttons can see the shadows of many Mercedes-Benz models. The overall atmosphere of the cabin is full of pleasant nostalgic texture, I am afraid that it is difficult to find another SUV on the market today that can match it.
And the rear space is unique. Equipped with a massage system, the Maybach “First Class” seats recline almost completely flat, allowing distinguished rear passengers to place Robbe & Berking’s silver champagne flutes on the folding table. The rear of the G650 Landaulet also replicates an almost identical center console to the front, with a glove box on each side. Although such a design is unique, it is slightly inconsistent with the luxurious style of the vehicle. The transparency of the glass between the front and rear rows can be controlled by a switch, ensuring the privacy of the rear passengers. The two rear seats are equipped with Maybach headrests, and the details are full of comfort, providing us with this almost perfect luxury experience.
The rear soft top can be deployed electronically within 20 seconds, and only the rear passengers can control it. In the open and luxurious space, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way, or simply enjoy the envious eyes from passers-by.