Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet revealed

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 CabrioletThe Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is a €300,000, limited-to-300 edition that brings delicious colour (and some of the excitement) of the recent Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept to showrooms from spring 2017.

The ultra-exclusive model is the first convertible from the recently-reinvigorated Mercedes-Maybach brand. It debuts at the 2016 LA Auto Show.

It’s all about Sensual Purity, says Mercedes-Maybach

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Maybach form of modern luxurious is dubbed ‘Sensual Purity’ by the firm: apparently (it says here), it is both hot and cool at the same time. Such as its fantastically rich red paint, offset by deep polished metal and those amazing 20-inch bichromatic 20-inch forged alloys. Swarovski headlights are optional. Yes, that’s Swarovski headlights.

Inside, we’re told ‘everything flows’

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

It’s leather everywhere within the four-seat Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet. Check out the seats: the waterfall-like feature is created by progressive perforations. Diamond quilted side bolsters adds further decadence. If you don’t like the nut brown magnolia trim here, choose from one of nine additional interior colours, from nice porcelain and saddle brown, to more dubious pastel yellow and black.

The trim is like you’ll find on a yacht

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

Pretty much all the interior trim will be commissioned bespoke for each of the 300 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolets. Some might choose the flowing lines detailing seen here – inspired, says the firm, by the Mercedes-Benz Style ‘Arrow 460 Granturismo’ yacht. A special precision-machine process ices the trim a 3D look.

You get Mercedes-Maybach luggage for free

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz is pleased with the Maybach luggage included with every S 650 Cabriolet: two travel backs and two smaller man/woman bags, made from the same leather used in the car. Indeed, they match the interior leather. Needless to say, they fit perfectly.

What engine does the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet use?

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

Under the bonnet lies, naturally, a V12. The 6.0-litre biturbo unit puts out 630hp and, in Euro-speak, a dizzying 1,000Nm of torque between 2,300-4,300rpm. Such pulling power is enough to take it from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, in utter refinement. Economy isn’t so disastrous given this, either: 23.5mpg and CO2 of 272g/km.

How will it drive?

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

On the road, it will drive like most other S-Class Cabriolets, probably: utterly impeccably and with gloriously refined comfort. The Airmatic suspension is largely unchanged and the seven-speed auto is also familiar. Monster engine apart, creating a distinctive drive isn’t the order of the day here. Creating a jewel-like possession overall is.

So it’s pretty special, huh?

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

Just to underline how special the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is, every one of the 300 editions will be delivered with a welcome pack. This will include a keyring made of the same nappa leather as the interior, in the same colour, with ‘1 of 300’ lettering. Not special enough? How about a certificate personally signed by Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr Dieter Zetsche? Will that do you?

It’s a keeper, the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz knows this new Maybach edition is a keeper. So it’s giving every owner a special car cover finished in the same colour as the soft-top roof. Diamond-quilted, it’s embroidered with the Maybach logo and lettering on the bonnet. Just the job to keep your prized possession spick and span.

What other Mercedes-Maybach models are on sale?

Since reviving the Maybach brand as a premium alternative to the Mercedes-AMG performance brand, Mercedes-Benz has been swelling the Mercedes-Maybach ranks. The original Mercedes-Maybach S 500 and S 600 models, launched in February 2015, have now been joined by an armour-plated S 600 Guard bulletproof limo. There’s also an S 600 Pullman, with a stretched rear that’s so big, occupants sit ‘vis-à-vis’ (one row faces forwards, the other faces rearwards). Next year, an armour-plated S600 Pullman Guard arrives.

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet: in pictures

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