LA Show – Mercedes reveals luxury Cabriolet

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Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet at the LA Auto Show 2016

Mercedes-Benz is debuting the exclusive range-topping version of the S-class Cabriolet at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet will be offered as a limited run of only 300 cars with a cost in Germany of 300,000 Euros. This equates to around £258,000 without taking into account UK on-the-road costs, and the car will certainly cost a great deal more than the £193,900 of the current Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet range-topper.

Mercedes-Maybach-650Heralding a new range of luxury Maybach models using the 650 designation, the Cabriolet gains a number of bespoke exterior design touches. A new front bumper is added and includes a chrome lower section, the headlamps also gain chrome elements, and the 20-inch forged wheels are unique to the model.

The doors project a Maybach logo onto the ground when opened, while the interior trim includes full leather with the seats in a waterfall-look design, with diamond quilting and piping on the side bolsters.

Owners will be able to individually specify the colour and grain of their trim elements when ordering the car, this applied to the instrument panel, door panels and atop the soft-top compartment, with the Maybach logo inlaid.

Meanwhile the underside of the wood veneer is specially milled to create a 3D effect, according to Mercedes the intention being to create the feel of a luxury yacht.
Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

Trim elements in nut brown magnolia will be exclusive to the car as well as a choice of nine colour finishes ranging from pastel yellow/black to porcelain/saddle brown. Deep-pile carpets are included, a chrome-plated ‘1 of 300’ logo is on the cup-holder, and Maybach logos included in various locations.

The entire options list of the S-Class Cabriolet will be part of the S 650’s standard specification, including Aircap wind reducing and Airscarf neck heating systems, and even Swarovski crystals encrusted into the headlamps.

The S 650 uses the same 6-litre V12 petrol powertrain of the S 65, with 630hp on tap giving it a 0-62,ph time of 4.1 seconds and a limited 155mph top speed. Combined cycle fuel consumption is 23.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 272g/km.

Each Mercedes-Maybach Cabriolet will be delivered with a welcome pack comprising a key ring in the same nappa leather used in the car and in the interior colour, with a Maybach emblem and ‘1 of 300’ lettering, and a certificate signed by Mercedes-Benz Cars head Dr Dieter Zetsche.

UK sales of the S 650 are expected to start in the second quarter of 2017.


Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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