Mercedes-Benz has introduced the first Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet, earmarked for 2017, at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Only 300 cars will be produced and it is not clear yet whether South Africa will be allocated some units.
With its ultimate open-air exclusivity, the car embodies modern luxury and represents the design philosophy of Sensual Purity. it is both hot and cool at the same time. Worldwide just 300 examples of this open-top four-seater model will be produced.
The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 is based on the open-top S-Class and has adopted the latter’s classic aesthetic proportions, among other features, with highlights which include the dynamic silhouette with coupé-like soft top and the sidewall dropping line which slopes down towards the rear.
Exclusive Mercedes-Maybach features include a new front bumper with upgraded lower section and also numerous chrome highlights to visibly enhance the special aspirations of luxury. The Maybach emblem is discreetly but elegantly featured on the vehicle’s wing.
Other special elements on the exterior include the high-quality 20-inch Maybach forged wheels in a powerful design and a bichromatic finish. On opening the doors, the Maybach logo is projected onto the floor by means of entrance lighting.
In the interior, the fully leather-trimmed Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet brings some of the visionary ideas of the Concept S-Class Coupé show car (IAA 2013) to series production. These include the dynamic “flowing lines” in the seats.
This waterfall-like seat upholstery layout is achieved with the aid of progressive perforations. An eye for detail is also demonstrated in the outer diamond quilting on the seat side bolsters and the Budapest piping.
The unique trim elements are commissioned individually for each vehicle based on the colour and grain. In addition to trim on the instrument panel and door panelling, the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet exclusively boasts a trim element on top of the soft top compartment with inlaid Maybach logo.
As an option, the look can be refined with “flowing lines”. In combination with the other trim elements a unique yacht ambience is created – inspired by the Mercedes-Benz Style “Arrow 460-Granturismo” yacht.
The flowing lines are generated by a combination of precision machining and traditional craftsmanship. As part of this, the substrate beneath the fine wood veneer of the three-dimensional trim element is exposed in a special process using a fine milling cutter (with a diameter of 0.8 mm). The individually milled lines follow the shape of the trim, thus reinforcing the three-dimensional effect.
Exclusive to the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet are trim elements in designo nut brown magnolia – either with flowing lines or in a high-gloss finish. Nine additional interior colour concepts – from pastel yellow/black to porcelain/saddle brown – provide for further individualisation.
Mercedes-Maybach logos are located on the front side of the seats (embroidered), on the back of the head restraints (embossed) and also inlaid in the stowage cover of the centre console. Other details include deep-pile floor mats, chrome-plated “1 of 300” lettering on the cup holder, and the steering wheel which features Maybach lettering on the lower bezel.
The luxury cabriolet’s superior drive system relies on the 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine with an output of 463 kW. Power transmission to the rear axle comes courtesy of the 7G-TRONIC, while the AIRMATIC suspension with steplessly variable damping control ensures a special driving sensation.
Technical data at a glance:
|Number of cylinders/arrangement||12/V|
(kW/hp at rpm)
|463 at 4800-5400|
(Nm at r/min)
|Fuel consumption (NEDC),
combined (l/100 km)
|Combined CO2 emissions
0-100 km/h (s)
|Top speed (km/h)||250|