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The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet has arrived

S65 AMG not expensive enough for you? Just 300 Maybach Cabs will be built

Published: 16 Nov 2016

A Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG Cabriolet with a 6.0-litre biturbo V12 and 625bhp will cost you a mere £193,300. This brand new Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet with a 6.0-litre biturbo V12 and 625bhp will cost you… over £260k.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first fully-convertible Maybach. What, you might legitimately cry, is the point of a £260k+ Maybach S-Class Cabriolet when an S65 AMG does the same job already?

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Allow us to take you through some of the updates. There’s a new front bumper with a new lower section and “numerous” chrome highlights dotted around the car. The Maybach badge itself has been surreptitiously added to the wings, and there’s no mistaking those brand new 20in “bichromatic” forged wheels.

Nor that 6.0-litre V12. With 625bhp and 738lb ft of torque, it’ll go from 0-62mph in just 4.1s and top out at a limited 155mph top speed.

Even so, a Maybach isn’t really about performance. Opening the door leads you into a world of individually prepared leather nirvana. There’s Maybach logos on the front and back of the seats, “waterfall” inspired seat upholstery, outer diamond quilting and “progressive” perforations. Because nobody wants reactionary perforations.

Then come really thick floor mats, a chrome-plated ‘1 of 300’ badge, and every optional extra available for the S-Class Cabriolet thrown in as standard.

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The trim, as mentioned, is individually commissioned for each car in terms of colour and grain. The lines you see coursing around the wood veneer were precision milled to give a 3D effect, while there’s also an inlaid Maybach logo on top of the soft-top compartment. The overall feel was inspired by Merc’s Arrow 460-Granturismo yacht. Fitting, then, for a posh S-Class Cab.

You want more? You got more. There’s a four-piece luggage set individually tailored to match the interior of your very own Maybach Cab, a high quality car cover with diamond quilting, and a welcome pack including a signed certificate from Daimler boss Dr Dieter Zetsche himself.

So, £260k+. Yes, it is very, very exclusive as only 300 will be built, with less than a very, very small handful expected to hit the UK. But is it really worth all that extra money over an S65? We’re not entirely sure.

As a side note, if you regularly get shot at, there’s a Merc-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard, which is apparently the world’s first passenger car to meet the highest ballistic protection level for civilian vehicles. And an excellent way to spend even more money.

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