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Maybach Mercedes-Benz G-class becomes official


Leaked in a series of spy shots last week, Mercedes-Benz has now officially whipped the (large) covers if its ultra-luxurious Landaulet styled Maybach-G650.

The first SUV to wear the Maybach name and also the final hurrah for the current generation of Benz's iconic G-class, the G650, as previously reported, uses the same underpinnings as the already monstrous G500² with the addition of 22-inch wheels meaning a ground clearance of 450 mm and height of 2 235 mm.

Measuring 5 345 mm in overall length with a wheelbase 3 428 mm, the G650 also drops the G500²'s 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 for a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 developing a monumental 463 kW and 1 000 N.m of torque, fed to all four wheels via a 7G-Tronic 'box.

As per the Maybach designation though, the G650 is all about opulence with the fabric roof able to fold down at a press of a button from the rear centre console, allowing for a "majestic open air experience". Lifted from the S-class Pullman, the individual rear seats feature inflatable air chambers and a hot stone massage function, with further innovations coming in the form of thermal cupholders, two fold-out tables and a sliding partition.

Available in a choice of two-designo upholstery options in four colours, entertainment consists of two 10-inch displays mounted in the rear, while special Landaulet badging is worked onto the flanges of the aforementioned wheels. Additional exterior difference include electrically extendable side steps, V12 BITURBO badging on the wings, carbon fibre wheel arch flares and the familiar rear mounted spare wheel.

Confirmed to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, only 99 G650's will be produced with no pricing revealed.

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