Muscle Mayhem: The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

All thriller, no filler

It looks like Mercedes-Benz may had some rugged, offroad adventure dreams recently. Which would explain the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet. Armed with the sort of menacing adrenaline expected from covert SEAL missions in inhospitable terrain, the 621hp twin-turbo 6 litre V12 monster can not only get you there, but also get you there fast. Plus, it has the distinction of being the most expensive SUV ever made. For now.

Positioned under the revived Maybach brand, it might seem an odd connection at first to make. The Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, with its hardtop front row and retractable fabric roof, looks brutal. But once you get inside, it’s all Maybach-style chauffeured comfort. From the glass partition separating driver from passengers (which can be turned opaque at whim), rear seats with hot stone massage functions, folding tabletops to thermally-controlled cupholders. Only 99 will be made, and the question must be asked. Why? To which we have an answer. With its outer muscle and inner class – a virile combination for some – the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet is perfect for chasing down cheetahs in an African private game reserve. All the fun and none of the bother of dealing with the help and heat.