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Sun-loving billionaires rejoice: Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet launches in LA

Sun-loving billionaires rejoic...
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is the first drop top in the modern Mercedes-Maybach lineup
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is the first drop top in the modern Mercedes-Maybach lineup
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is powered by a turbocharged V12
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is powered by a turbocharged V12
The front bumper and grille on the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet are new
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The front bumper and grille on the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet are new
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet comes with a set of matching luggage
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet comes with a set of matching luggage
Mercedes tried to evoke luxury yachts when it was designing the S-Class Cabriolet
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Mercedes tried to evoke luxury yachts when it was designing the S-Class Cabriolet
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet seats four, but it's the first Maybach to focus on the front seats
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet seats four, but it's the first Maybach to focus on the front seats
Roof up, the Maybach should be quiet and refined, just like the hardtop
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Roof up, the Maybach should be quiet and refined, just like the hardtop
The chrome 20-inch wheels are unique to the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
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The chrome 20-inch wheels are unique to the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is long, but manages to avoid looking like a plinth - something not many cabriolets can manage
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is long, but manages to avoid looking like a plinth - something not many cabriolets can manage
There's a 6.0-liter V12 under the hood of the S650 Cabriolet
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There's a 6.0-liter V12 under the hood of the S650 Cabriolet
Everything about the cabin of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is aimed at being more comfortable and luxurious than the standard car
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Everything about the cabin of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is aimed at being more comfortable and luxurious than the standard car
Thie is the first Maybach where the owner is likely to sit here
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Thie is the first Maybach where the owner is likely to sit here
When the car isn't enough, the luggage included with the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is there to help
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When the car isn't enough, the luggage included with the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is there to help
Maybach is a brand with a long history, and Mercedes is cashing in at the moment with cars like the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
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Maybach is a brand with a long history, and Mercedes is cashing in at the moment with cars like the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
The grille and bumper on the S650 Cabriolet are all new
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The grille and bumper on the S650 Cabriolet are all new
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at launch in Los Angeles
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at launch in Los Angeles
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is the first drop top in the modern Mercedes-Maybach lineup
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet is the first drop top in the modern Mercedes-Maybach lineup
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet will be built in limited numbers
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet will be built in limited numbers
The Maybach badge has been brought back again
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The Maybach badge has been brought back again
The Maybach logo is etched into the headrests on the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
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The Maybach logo is etched into the headrests on the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
The heart of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
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The heart of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at launch in Los Angeles
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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at launch in Los Angeles
The rear deck of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet has been designed to look like the deck of a speedboat or yacht
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The rear deck of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet has been designed to look like the deck of a speedboat or yacht
Just 300 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolets will be built
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Just 300 Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolets will be built
The devil is in the detail with the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
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The devil is in the detail with the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet at the 2016 LA Auto Show
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Having failed to revive Maybach as a standalone nameplate in the 2000s, Daimler has repurposed it as an arm of Mercedes-Benz. Tasked with taking Mercedes S-Classes and making them fit for a dictator, it offers a range of gloriously overblown limos spearheaded by the long wheelbase S600 Pullman. The lineup even caters to sun-loving billionaires – at least it does now, with the launch of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet in LA.

Just like the Mercedes-Maybach S600, the Cabriolet has been designed to deliver unrivaled luxury. Even compared to the regular S-Class, Maybach takes things to another level with its design and materials, all of which can be tweaked to meet the buyer's deepest, darkest desires. It's private jet luxury at sea-level, life in the Hamptons distilled into a car.

Like any good private jet, the Cabriolet doesn't want for power. There's a 6.0-liter V12 under the hood, making 463 kW (630 hp) of power and a nice, round 1000 Nm (738 lb.ft) of torque. Although outright performance is largely irrelevant here, it's powerful enough to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet will be built in limited numbers
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet will be built in limited numbers

Unlike the average private jet, the roof on the Cabriolet is made of folding fabric, just like the regular S-Class Convertible. Passengers are able to cruise around in a quiet, secluded bubble when it's up, although you can still expect a bit more road noise to sneak through than you'd get in the hardtop variant. Even when the roof is down, Mercedes says the wind deflector and draught stopper both work to keep things quiet in the cabin.

Moving away from the sumptuous interior, subtlety is the name of the game when it comes to Maybach design. Although the front bumper and rear diffuser are new, the S650 doesn't change too much compared to the more mundane S65 AMG Cabriolet with which it shares an engine and chassis. The main tweak is a set of 20-inch chrome wheels, which walk the tightrope between garish bling and classic beauty like few other designs on the market.

Just 300 examples of the S650 Cabriolet will be built, with prices starting at €300,000 (US$320,220). For people who like the look but can't come up with the funds, it will be on display at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

Take a quick look at the Cabriolet in the teaser video from Mercedes below:

Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet – Trailer – Mercedes-Benz original

Source: Daimler

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3 comments
GlassHalfEmpty
Looks like a rental CLA. Will fail.
guzmanchinky
This is the most beautiful designs in the world right now for this kind of car. And I can easily afford one of the lesser ones (S550 cabrio) but I am holding off. I am waiting for them to have the same kind of self driving capability as a Tesla S, or maybe even introduce an electric version that's just as quick to 60.
keith14
It might as well be a two seater as there is hardly enough room in the back seats for the pet dog to sit.