RE: Maybach G650 Landaulet: Showpiece of the Week

RE: Maybach G650 Landaulet: Showpiece of the Week

Monday 26th August

Maybach G650 Landaulet | Showpiece of the Week

Sometimes you just want to stand out from the crowd. Up a mountain. With a twin-turbo V12



Having been reborn as a thoroughly-modern performance SUV in 2018, the G63 today ranks among the most broadly capable vehicles on sale. For a good long while there, however, Mercedes' G-Wagen was one of the most paradoxical cars available on the new market. Having started life as a utilitarian military machine, it had evolved to become a luxury symbol of wealth and status, and was priced accordingly; beneath the surface, though, very little at all had changed since its introduction.

Over the rough stuff it remained supreme, but its antiquated design was ill suited to the on-road driving it was more often than not required to perform. Vague recirculating ball steering made it difficult to pilot around a corner, let alone thread through a city, while its body-on-frame underpinnings resulted in a what could politely be described as agricultural ride quality. Despite its many flaws, though, G-Class sales continued to increase year-on-year right up until it was replaced, a rare and impressive feat indeed.


But before that replacement came, there was just time for one final swansong. And to appropriately turn the page on the 20th century car, Mercedes pilfered its back catalogue, picking and choosing all of the most desirable features and combining them to create a Now That's What I Call G-Class album of greatest hits.

There was the deep, bassy note of the twin-turbo V12 - borrowed from the G65, it produced a proportionately enormous 630hp and 737lb ft, for a top speed of 144mph. Portal axles, originally devised for the six-wheeled G63 and latterly bolted onto the G500 4x4 squared, were also implemented here, facilitating a doubling of the G650's ride height versus the standard car - to 450mm from 210mm.


Then Maybach was brought in. Between the axles the G650 was 258mm longer than a long-wheelbase S-Class, providing plenty of space to play with. Mercedes' luxury arm wasted no time in doing just that. Replacing the rear third of the car's roof with a power-folding soft top seemed like a reasonable place to start, followed closely by swapping the rear bench for two individual luxury seats from the S-Class Pullman. Lying between them, a 'central business console' featured thermal cup holders, to cool or heat occupants' beverages, while a glass partition - able to be changed from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button - separated the passengers from their chauffeur.

It all made for what must be one of the most opulent four-wheeled experiences ever devised, and was priced accordingly at around Β£500,000. The final example of the 99 cars produced sold at a charity auction for more than double that, however, so how much this week's Showpiece will go for is anyone's guess. The one thing you can be reasonably sure of is that despite representing the zenith of one of the greatest off-roaders of all time, it'll likely rarely leave a garage, let alone the tarmac. What could be showier than that?


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sidesauce

Original Poster:

1,029 posts

163 months

Monday 26th August
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So unbelievably over the top but somehow, as someone who doesn't like SUVs, this kind of appeals to me - I'd prefer a G500 4×4² though!

RP2000

11 posts

50 months

Monday 26th August
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Spotted this on the Amalfi coast in May 2017. Looks to be this under development.

ducnick

939 posts

188 months

Monday 26th August
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I wonder what the reserve price is on this.... I suspect it will be a hard sell as the very few people in the market for this sort of thing with silly money at their disposal will want the latest and greatest, not the 'old' model.

richinlondon

115 posts

67 months

Monday 26th August
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Taste and money are often not proportionate

scottygib553

161 posts

40 months

Monday 26th August
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Interestingly it’s the red interior that bothers me the most. The rest is so unapologetic you have to respect it.

Wolvesboy

411 posts

86 months

Monday 26th August
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Sorry, & I hope I don’t offend but FUGLY & expensive.

chickensoup

421 posts

200 months

Monday 26th August
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popemobile!

eldar

12,748 posts

141 months

Monday 26th August
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Designed by Tonka.

Helicopter123

6,218 posts

101 months

Monday 26th August
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I would be having the 6x6 personally, because, well, why wouldn't you?

soad

30,312 posts

121 months

Monday 26th August
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scottygib553 said:
Interestingly it’s the red interior that bothers me the most. The rest is so unapologetic you have to respect it.
Don’t mind the interior. Price tag bothers me.

Regular G Class (not a diesel!!) makes more sense. V8 or V12 bi turbo.

Veeayt

2,823 posts

150 months

Monday 26th August
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chickensoup said:
popemobile!
Exactly. The brutish charms of G-class somehow doesn't work with this one.

moffspeed

882 posts

152 months

Monday 26th August
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Brilliant marketing opportunity, why has no one done it before.

A convertible version of the glorious Ssanyong Rodius.

indapendentlee

324 posts

44 months

Monday 26th August
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Might take the seller some time to get their proceeds based on the experience I had with that auction house. I wish I was the only one but seems there are many of us. Thread in supercars for the intrigued.

Hairymonster

466 posts

50 months

Monday 26th August
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I reckon this will be bound for the United Arab Emirates once sold, probably via the Kahn 'laboratories' and Mansory 'design studio' to add a wheelbarrow-load of trinkets, some subtle gold plating, an onyx dashboard, whale foreskin upholstery, white shagpile carpets, mirror ceiling, disco lights in 64 shades of purple, 30" ultra-low profile wheels/tyres and a sound system which would do the Glastonbury pyramid stage proud.

Edited by Hairymonster on Monday 26th August 15:01

Quickben

42 posts

105 months

Monday 26th August
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Who buys these disgusting things ?


Robocop2

17 posts

70 months

Monday 26th August
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I’ll be really interested to see whether Mercedes produce limited runs of the new model that are hugely modified like this Maybach. The G-Class lends itself to heavy modification, but the adoption of an independently sprung front axle to the new model could presumably prohibit the use of portal axles for immense ground clearance. On the other hand, with money no object, they could just revert to a solid front axle with portal hubs. Bottomless pockets make anything possible!

bloomen

2,731 posts

104 months

Monday 26th August
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A mate of my dad's had a C reg one. It was a hideous, crashy dog. No idea why anyone would want one unless they were redesigned from the ground up which I'll guess they did not.

Cheib

16,784 posts

120 months

Monday 26th August
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Anyone thinking of buying this car should read this thread.....


https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...








Nerdherder

1,286 posts

42 months

Monday 26th August
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richinlondon said:
Taste and money are often not proportionate
Researchers might find an inverse correlation if they would this topic.

eddharris

295 posts

138 months

Monday 26th August
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Absolutely love this thing, would have in a heartbeat should funding not be an issue.

Strange to see so many folk bash the potential and hypothetical type of buyer as opposed to talk about the SUV itself.

But then envy....