Before being transformed into an ultra-luxury sub-brand of Mercedes Benz, Maybach was a standalone firm with an affinity for bespoke manufacturing, and its zenith was the 62 Landaulet.
Built only in 8 units, this exclusive 612hp, bi-turbo V12-powered luxury machine represented the ultimate offering from the German car maker, benefiting from a rear passenger compartment with a sliding soft roof.
Unfortunately, due to poor sales, Daimler discontinued the marque and its two core models, the 57 and the 62 (along with their variations), converting the prestigious Maybach name into an exclusive line for the S-Class (for now).
Merged with Mercedes’ flagship, Maybach rejuvenated into a successful, elegant and exclusive sub-brand, ready to challenge, for the second time, the likes of Bentley and Rolls Royce. More so as Mercedes allegedly plans once again to offer an exclusive Landaulet variant of the Mercedes Maybach S600.
According to Autogespot, Mercedes-Maybach is developing a model dubbed the S650 Landaulet. The vehicle is said to be announced at the Paris Auto Show, and will be powered by a non-AMG 650hp V12 engine – in comparison, the standard Maybach S600 as well as the Pullman variant get a 6.0-litre bi-turbo V12 that generates 523hp.
Only 300 S650 Landaulets will reportedly be made, and all of them will be built (and developed) at Brabus.
Note: Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman pictured