If you think that the Mercedes S65 AMG Cabriolet isn’t quite up to your standards, you may want to have a look at the all-new Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet.
In 2002 Daimler resurrected the Maybach brand as direct competition for Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Unfortunately, the venture didn’t pay off as expected and was a huge flop by any standard. Two years ago, however, the company relaunched the brand yet again with the release of the S600, which proved to be much more of a success, and was soon followed by the S550. Last week saw the third launch from the Mercedes-Maybach brand, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet.
If you thought the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet was special, the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet has dethroned it as the king of the luxury convertibles. Powering the S650 is the same 6-litre, twin-turbo engine, code-named M275. The V-12 engine has 621 HP and will close the roof in 4 seconds while doing 100kmph. The top speed is limited to 259kmph, which is some way behind the claimed 310kmph of the S65. The S650 is rear-wheel drive, has a 7-speed gearbox, and has an approximated 1000nm of torque.
While the engine and performance matters quite a lot on most cars, it isn’t the main appeal when it comes to anything carrying the Maybach badge. The S650 has a generous helping of chrome finishes, twin-blade grille, and Swarovski crystal headlights and are all standard. I’m not the biggest fan of the 20-spoke disc wheels, but they don’t look out of place on the S650. There are three variations of colours to choose from: red with a black top, white with a blue top, and blue with a beige top, each of which is paired with its own two-tone interior. The model also has its own, unique waterfall and diamond-quilting patterns embroidered into the upholstery.
The company will only be making 300 of the S650 model, which is added a chrome plaque on the centre cupholder. You also get a four-piece set of colour-matching luggage, a Maybach-logo key ring, and a certificate signed by Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche with your purchase. For more information, you can visit the official Mercedes website for details.