Only 99 units of the extravagant G-Class will ever be made.
The G-Class W463 has been around since 1990 and is going out with a bang by combining the G65’s V12 engine with the portal axles of a G500 4x4² all wrapped up in a high-end package. Think of it as the most luxurious safari vehicle ever with an exorbitant price tag of roughly €500,000 (about £426,000), according to Autocar. For that money, Mercedes-Maybach will be more than happy to throw in the S-Class’ fully reclining individual rear seats and stretch the wheelbase by almost 58cm to free up more legroom.
Spending half a million euros on the heavily modified Mercedes G-Class will bring you plenty of other goodies, including a large rear console with heated and cooled cup holders mounted between the two comfy rear seats. Behind those cup holders are the controls for opening and closing the glass partition for extra privacy when you don’t want the chauffeur to hear the conversation you’re having with the other person relaxing on the lavish seat. Folding tables with leather-wrapped tops are also on the menu, as are the dual 10-inch screens part of the rear-seat entertainment system.
The droptop off-roader is powered by the familiar biturbo V12 6.0-litre engine pushing out 630hp and 737lb ft of torque delivered to those huge 22-inch alloys housed within the carbon fibre wheel arches. With almost half a metre of ground clearance, the G650 is ready to tackle the most difficult terrains in the world. Not like it matters a great deal on such a very special vehicle, but top speed is electronically limited to 112mph when the roof is up. Take down the electrically folding fabric top and the limiter will kick in sooner, at just 60mph.
Deliveries of the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet are expected to kick off this autumn and all 99 cars planned for production at Magna Steyr's factory in Graz, Austria are going to have a left-hand-drive layout.
The next-generation G has been spied multiple times and is expected to arrive at some point in 2018.