Going on Safari this year? You need this. The Maybach G650 Landaulet. What you are looking at is Maybach’s first attempt at a proper off-roader. You have probably heard of Maybach – they take mad Mercedes’ and make them madder, and er, more expensive. So what have they done this time? Well it is a Maybach-badged, AMG V12-engined convertible Mercedes G-Class. Think of it as the AMG G Wagon you see all over London, LA and Instagram modified to go look at elephants in the Sahara. And if looking at Giraffes and Elephants is your thing what better way to do it than in a AMG covertable G Wagon V12 Bi-Turbo with 621HP and 737lb ft of torque.
Lets be honest going on Safari sounds appealing until you realise that next to the pretty Elephant is probably a Tiger that hasnt eaten for 7 months. You are sat eating your chicken slice in your beaten up Toyota Hilux looking like a Subway on wheels and Mr Tiger will take a liking. Would that bother you so much if you had 621HP and 0-60 in 5 seconds by your right foot? Mr Tiger is fast but not that fast.
It’s strictly a four seater. While the driver and front passenger get a proper roof, the rear passengers are treated to an electrically folding fabric roof. Press another button, and a glass partition further separates front and back passengers just in case Mr Tiger catches you out watching Netflix and the rear passengers were eating that Chicken slice too loud.
Other features include 100 per cent diff locks. Diamond-stitched. Chrome plating. Carbon Fiber wheel arches, high res rear screens and a two-tone leather interior to die for.
The back is where you want to be, because those individual rear chairs have been lifted from the S-Class, which means they can be fully reclined, offer massage programmes – the works. There’s also a business console with cup holders that allow your chosen refreshment to be either cooled or heated.
They are building 99 of the Maybach G650 Landaulet and whilst they make the perfect Safari weapon, they would be at home sight seeing almost anything. Expect to see them littering the streets of London, LA and Dubai with occupants selfie taking in the “most exclusive form of stylish open-top motoring” explained Maybach. Cost? Unknown but like usual – if you have to ask…