The Mercedes G-Class gets the full Maybach treatment before the curtain finally closes

A Landaulet with portal axles and three locking differentials.

Like the hotdog and soda combo at Costco or the official website for the 1996 movie Space Jam, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has soldiered on nearly unaltered since its birth. Sure, there have been variants like the wonderfully over-the-top G63 6x6, but the G-Wagen is essentially the same squared-off SUV with rifle-bolt locks and doors with enough mass to support a minor gravity field. Spy shots show a replacement is finally on the horizon, but based on the leaked YouTube video above and Instagram post below, it looks like the current model is going to get the full Mercedes-Maybach Landaulet treatment before the curtain finally closes.

While there has been no official word from the automaker, all signs point to a genuine Mercedes-Maybach product. The vehicle is badged as a G650, which falls in line with other current V12-powered Mercedes-Maybach products. The Maybach name and badge are found in all the expected places. The license closely matches other Mercedes German-manufacturer plates. The carbon fiber fender flares and portal axles look like they were taken from the G550 4x42. The latter means, despite the increased wheelbase, this new model should still be a formidable off-road machine.

Это.Внедорожный.Майбах. Который оказался в нашем распоряжении в далекой Южной Африке. В Мерседесе не пошутили и реально продолжили плодить из заслуженного Гелика самые невообразимые конструкции для тех, кто хочет выглядеть шейхом. Ну или является таковым. В данном случае уровень китча просто запредельный! Как и цена не в одну сотню тысяч евро. И даже не в три. Хотя, предела совершенству (равно как и безумию) нет - надеемся, что после того как реализуют все 99 экземпляров этого Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet, немцы сделают его версию с 6 колесами. Ведь этим ребятам не привыкать творить подобное! Кстати, мы единственные из России поездили на этом полноприводном ландоле с V12. Ждите большой эксклюзивный материал на сайте, а здесь вскоре поделимся дополнительной порцией фоток #g650 #g650landaulet #gclass #gelandewagen #гелик #гелендваген #mercedes #mercedesbenz #mbrussia #mbfans #maybach #mercedesmaybach #v12 #mercedesv12 #landaulet

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While we can't see the interior, look for the typical Maybach treatment. That means high-quality leather surfaces throughout and an increased focus on rear seat comfort and convenience. If this is indeed a G650, it's packing a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12 under the hood that churns out 630 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. The partial convertible top is what gives this the Landaulet moniker. According to the text on this Instagram post, there will only be 99 examples produced. Look for a full reveal in the next few months.

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