Back in the winter of 2017, Mercedes-Maybach rolled out an aristocratic backcountry ride that took a G-Class and developed it as a kind of mythological statement. The limited-edition off-roader’s appearance presaged the full-dressed G-Wagen overhaul that was to come about a year later.
Anyway, Merc called the beast the G650 Landaulet, and LeBron James, a four-time NBA Championship winner—and four-time NBA Most Valuable Player…and two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner—was among those who fell in love at first sight. James ponied up the ~$750K for one of the 99, and this fall took delivery of the collectible and very cool open-top mechanical quadruped.
This particular beast of burden packs a 6L that can deliver 621 horses, actually, and a very impressive 737 pound-feet of torque while it’s at it; the engine is made by AMG. The interior of the Landaulet is cushy, though, and borrows massage features, adjustable calf rests, and climate control for the seats, retractable leather-sheathed tables in the rear, a pushbutton soft top, and a glass partition between the front and rear of the cabin fabricated from glass boasting adjustable opacity. For off-roading, the Landaulet offers 17 inches of ground clearance.
Only 99 examples of the G650 Landaulet rolled out of the Maybach production facility. All were presold within weeks of the Landaulet’s unveiling at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.
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