It’s boxy and tough as bricks, better suited for powering through (or over) traffic than racing down a track, but it doesn’t sacrifice looks, feel or comfort. In short, the ultra-luxury Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet might be the perfect off-road machine for the style-conscious.
For the latest in its high-end Mercedes-Maybach portfolio, the marque went a little off the beaten path itself. Rather than dipping into its E-Class or S-Class, Mercedes instead looked to its rugged, body-on-frame, four-wheel-drive G-Class – the very same models preferred by militaries all over the world.
The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, however, is no war machine. Nor is it your run-of-the-mill SUV. This premium off-road vehicle features high-resolution video screens for passengers, swivelling calf rests, thermal cup holders to keep drinks hot or cold, and inflatable air chambers in seats to provide better back support – not to mention there are all kinds of massage functions.
In the back, the roof can be lifted off to provide an unburdened view of the sky, and passengers can separate front and rear with an electrically operated glass partition that can also be changed from transparent to opaque for added privacy.
This isn’t just a safari-friendly limousine, either. The Landaulet boasts a twin-turbo AMG V12 engine that churns out 630hp and 1,000Nm of torque. It even has about half a metre of ground clearance.
You can get your first look at the veritably limo-length Landaulet at the Geneva Motor Show in March, but you’ll have to wait until autumn to own one. Even then, you should act fast – only 99 examples will be made.