You can get a regular S Class Coupe Cabriolet for £110,000 GBP. That’s a lot of money, not for a plutocrat, but that’s just a damn lot of money to spend on a car if you’re not a plutocrat. We always say one thing about the S Class, it’s still no match for a Bentley or a Rolls Royce which is the only logical competitor the S Class is up against.
Shamed about this lack of class, Mercedes have decided to up the inter-continental class war by essentially re-branding the Mercedes S Class Cabriolet. Specail edition to you or I.
Enter the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet. Maybach once a stand alone entity within Mercedes has now trans-morphed into the ultra luxury division of Mercedes and from what we can work out the title only extends to the S Class.
The usual suspect is still there a 6.0-litre V12 which churns out 621bhp and 1,000 Nm of torque. This power is fed to the rear wheels allowing for a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed limited to 155mph.
But the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 isn’t about the power or speed, it’s about the experience. It’s about the leather, the interior trim and finish, the details. And to be honest with you Bentley and Rolls Royce have already won at this stage.
Nevertheless the plutocrat’s wife will be the main target audience and therefore you probably will only ever see this car in St Tropez or a slum in a despotically ruled Banana Republic. That could well be Trump’s USA.
The Mercedes Maybach S 650 will be limited to just 300 very expensive examples, most of the expense will come from the badge and not necessarily the matching luggage set, and Swarovski headlamps.
At least Mercedes will be keeping up traditions by interacting with the despots who will ultimately buy this pointless car. Each car will have a hand-signed certificate issued to the owner by the Chairman of Daimler AG, Dr Dieter Zetsche. Or as we call him Dr Zaius.
When vill ze Germens ever learn.