MERCíS LUDICROUS LANDAULET

MERCEDES-MAYBACH G650 LANDAULET UNVEILED.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

MERCEDES-Benz has released details of its allnew G650 Landaulet. It has also released official footage of the beast in water-crossing action (seen at www.4x4australia.com.au).

The G650 utilises Merc- AMGís 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12, which pumps out 463kW and has a peak torque of 1000Nm.

It measures in at 5345mm long and 2235mm high, and it has a wheelbase of 3428mm and a ground clearance of 450mm thanks to those portal axles that are familiar from the AMG G63 6◊6 and G500 4◊42 variants.

The Merc features active multi-contour seats and highgrade design upholstery with diamond stitching.

The folding top covering the rear, single-seat passengers is electronically operated via the press of a button, while a glass partition (also button-operated) separates the front and rear seats. This glass can be changed from transparent to opaque, also by the press of a button.

The G650ís appearance is enhanced via 22-inch five-twinspoke light alloy wheels, front and rear under-ride guards and large carbon fibre wheelarch flares. A spare wheel with integral holder for the third brake light is fixed on the right rear quarter.

Typical of all Mercedes-Benz G-Class vehicles, the G650 will be produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. A limited run of 99 units has been confirmed. If you have to ask how much it costs, then you probably canít afford it.