2016 LA Motor Show: Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet set to break $600,000 ceiling

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Maybach reveals its own take on Mercedes-Benz’s fanciest drop-top convertible at the 2016 Los Angeles Motor Show.

Open-air opulence is back with the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet – a model set to become the most expensive in three-pointed-star showrooms.

The S650 is the first Maybach-badged convertible since the ostentatious 2007 62 Landaulet that featured a slightly bizarre half-roof opening dedicated to bathing super-rich rear passengers in sunshine.

The new Benz drop-top features the more conventional retractable fabric roof of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet on which it’s based.

Mercedes -Maybach -convertible -rear -sideThere’s no change in wheelbase as there is in the transition from regular S600 to Maybach S600, so the ultra-luxury four-seater Cabriolet instead focuses its exclusivity on design and materials.

Maybach badge aside, the exterior features a flamboyantly designed front bumper, additional chrome highlights, and 20-inch “biochromatic” forged concave wheels.

Nine new interior colours – including a pastel yellow/black combination – are specific to the S650, there are bespoke trim elements, and the hand-finished leather upholstery combines cascading perforated lines and diamond quilting.

Mercedes -Maybach -convertible -rear -topThe ‘flowing lines’ theme of the seats can be continued on the model-exclusive design nut brown magnolia trim as an alternative to a high-gloss finish.

The cupholder is also inscribed with ‘1 of 300’ to remind owners of the limited number of S650s that will be built.

A travel luggage set comprising two large bags and two ‘lifestyle’ bags made from the same leather as the seat come as standard, matched to the car.

Mercedes -Maybach -convertible -interiorThe S650 borrows the 6.0-litre V12 from the AMG S65, delivering the same 463kW and 1000Nm – and with no change to consumption (12.0L/100km) or speed (0-100km in 4.1 seconds) despite the extra garnishing.

Mercedes-Benz Australia expects to secure 10 of the 300 build allocation. It has yet to confirm local pricing, but a 300,000 Euros price tag overseas suggests it will comfortably surpass the $522,000 S65 Cabriolet and exceed $600,000.

That’s still significantly cheaper than the circa-$1.5m 62 Landaulet that – somewhat thankfully – never joined the ‘regular’ million-dollar Maybach limos in Australia.

 

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