An air of luxury: Mercedes unveils the Maybach S650 Cabriolet

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Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet (Daimler AG)
Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet (Daimler AG)

On the eve of the LA Auto Show, Mercedes Benz has lifted the lid on what it claims is the most luxurious open-top vehicle in its history — the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet. However, as well as raising its roof, can this car raise the bar when it comes to luxury convertibles or will it sit in the shadow of the Rolls-Royce Dawn?

Mercedes started 2016 with a very special edition S-Class Cabriolet created to mark 130 years of the automobile, and in perfect symmetry is closing out the year with an equally special take on its flagship drop-top car — the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet.

Just 300 individually numbered examples of the luxurious open-top cruiser are set for production and each will come with a certificate of authenticity personally signed by the company’s chairman, Dieter Zetsche.

But the world’s super rich need more than an autograph when it comes to choosing a luxury convertible, especially when the latest Maybach model will be spending much of its time parked alongside the likes of the Rolls-Royce Dawn and Bentley Continental GTC.

Therefore, even though it will be rarer than either, it also boasts a twin turbo charged 6-liter V12 under the hood (630hp, 1000Nm torque), good for a 0-100km/h time of just 4.1 seconds.

Meanwhile in the cabin every conceivable option offered on the S-Class Cabriolet is fitted as standard, from its clever suspension for eliminating all roll in corners to the raft of next-generation active driver safety aids. But on top of that, each model will get a unique leather and wood trim as the grain of these materials will dictate exactly how each veneer or hide is laid. And of course the wood and leather on offer are exclusive to this model.

From the outside, the Swarovski crystal-packed headlamps, redesigned bumpers and unique 20-inch wheels should help set it apart from any competitively common Mercedes in the current range as should the choice of nine specially mixed paint finishes.

The final touch is a four-piece set of bespoke luggage that fits exactly into the car’s trunk and that will be made to match the individual client’s interior leather trim choices.

“The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Cabriolet represents the ultimate in luxury, showcased to perfection by our design philosophy of Sensual Purity,” said Daimler Chief Design Officer, Prof. Gorden Wagener. “The Cabriolet is a real beauty with an enchanting air.”

But philosophy and attention to detail notwithstanding, will the €300,000 (approximately $430,000) model be truly different and special enough to convince clients to go with it rather than a Rolls-Royce or even the “standard” S-Class Cabriolet? Only time will tell.

Courtesy Relaxnews / CTV

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