Mercedes-Benz did it again! They created a sub brand and then stuck it to every Mercedes-Benz in existence. The iconic (this is very questionable) G-Wagon is ruined, first by offering the AMG, secondly with the G63 AMG 6×6, thirdly with the G63 AMG 4×4 and, finally, the Maybach.
From the outside, the Mercedes-Benz Maybach G 650 Landaulet looks fine, and it also has some retro touches from the past Mercedes-Benz models. However, the G-Wagon design is outdated and now preferred by people who want to show off. Also, in the meantime, the G-Wagon is not as well built as the old days, and the proof is here.
The main issue why I have with this G-Wagon is that the Maybach extension is too much for it. I drove this car, and something was not comfortable about it. You are still driving on a ladder frame chassis and leaf springs at the rear-axle. Despite these facts, Mercedes-Benz did a great job with the car. I really love the rear seats and the final touches.
Do my comments matter? Actually, no. This car will be produced with a number of 99, and I am sure those cars are already gone. Mercedes-Benz has a very strong emotional bond with customers and it won’t be a struggle to sell all them. However, stretching a brand like Maybach sometimes can create uncomfortable situations like this.
What about the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class? My suggestion: go buy one! Seriously, buy it! It offers the best price for the best features. I really loved the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class; however extending the Maybach sub brand to other ranges is still questionable. Existing SUVs are not offering up-to-date features and the comfort to match the promises of Maybach comfort and quality. Anyway, this G-Wagon will be a collectors’ item in future.
Performance? Mercedes-AMG V12 biturbo, which delivers a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) with a peak torque of 1000 Newton-metres!
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