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Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet

Top Speed G-Class - Mon, 13/02/2017 - 17:00

Leave it to Mercedes-Maybach to come up with something like this. Ostentatious doesn’t even begin to describe the marriage of excess off-road capability with luxury. Meet the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet. Think of it as a G-Wagon mixed with a Maybach S-Class. In fact, that’s an extremely accurate description, seeing as the rear seats on this convertible beast are lifted from the Maybach S600. Oh, and its 6.0-liter V-12 is present, too.

Yes, extreme excess is the theme of this monster. It’s basically built to accommodate four occupants – two in great comfort, and two in spectacular comfort. You can guess which seats provide what. The G 650 Landaulet rides on a stretched wheelbase of the “standard” G500 4x4², with an extra 22.75 inches between the wheels. The extra length, combined with the rear captain’s chairs placed nearly over the rear axle, creates a huge amount of legroom. It’s enough space to fully recline the calf leather-covered seats.

Of course, the G 650 Landaulet doesn’t lose any off-road capability from the G500 4x4². It comes with the same portal axles, underbody skid plating, three locking differentials, 4WD High and Low ranges, and enough ground clearance to put a mil-spec Humvee to shame.

The G 650 Landaulet is motivated by the 630 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque pumped out by the 6.0-liter biturbo V-12 and managed by Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission. Surprisingly, the G 650 Landaulet manages double-digit fuel economy, with Mercedes estimating 13.8 mpg combined. Then again, anyone willing to write a six-figure check for the G 650 Landaulet isn’t worried about fuel economy.

Updated 03/13/0217: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut in Geneva. Check the "Pictures" tab to see how great this car looks in white.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes Terminator on Climate Change; Gets Custom, All-Electric Mercedes G-Class

Top Speed G-Class - Wed, 25/01/2017 - 09:00

If you look back in the archives, you’ll find a story we brought you back in September of 2016 about a small startup known as Kreisel Electric that was in the business of developing advanced lithium-ion batteries have completely preserved cells, and thus a higher capacity which ultimately leads to increased range. The company has built a number of custom-made electric conversions with one of the most notable being the Porsche Panamera. But, the company has been very busy since we last mentioned it, and has put together a custom all-electric Mercedes G-Class for none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself! That’s right; the man that once owned a fleet of Hummers has decided to fully embrace his new stance on protecting his environment by adding the big, off road, and all electric one-off to his own personal collection.

The vehicle was first unveiled my Kreisel Electric and Arnold at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzebuehel in January where Arnold not only learned about his new G-Class and took delivery but also took it out for a quick drive in the snow. During the official announcement, Schwarzenegger said, “To me, with the electric version of this fantastic car, a dream has become true. The initial test drive was a real pleasure: The Kreisel is incredibly sporty and perfectly benefits from the advantages e-mobility has to offer. I really look forward to the following test runs and to the gradual further development in California.”

As you can make out from his quote above, he’ll be conducting further testing and providing feedback to Kreisel Electric for some time to come. What’s really more important, though, is what makes this electric conversion so special. See, using an existing chassis and body that wasn’t designed for an all-electric powertrain is a real challenge, but Kreisel Electric’s technology makes it quite a bit easier. By removing the engine and gas tank, the company is able to place the required battery packs and electric motors while preserving the same general weight distribution. In this specific case, that conversion results in a G-Class SUV with 483 all-electric horsepower and a top speed of 133 mph. It is said to achieve 62 mph in as fast as 5.6 seconds, three seconds faster than the standard model, and has a range of about 190 miles.

But, there’s more to this story, so let’s move on down the page.


Categories: G News

Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes Terminator on Climate Change; Gets Custom, All-Electric Mercedes G-Class

Top Speed G-Class - Wed, 25/01/2017 - 09:00


If you look back in the archives, you’ll find a story we brought you back in September of 2016 about a small startup known as Kreisel Electric that was in the business of developing advanced lithium-ion batteries have completely preserved cells, and thus a higher capacity which ultimately leads to increased range. The company has built a number of custom-made electric conversions with one of the most notable being the Porsche Panamera. But, the company has been very busy since we last mentioned it, and has put together a custom all-electric Mercedes G-Class for none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself! That’s right; the man that once owned a fleet of Hummers has decided to fully embrace his new stance on protecting his environment by adding the big, off road, and all electric one-off to his own personal collection.

The vehicle was first unveiled my Kreisel Electric and Arnold at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzebuehel in January where Arnold not only learned about his new G-Class and took delivery but also took it out for a quick drive in the snow. During the official announcement, Schwarzenegger said, “To me, with the electric version of this fantastic car, a dream has become true. The initial test drive was a real pleasure: The Kreisel is incredibly sporty and perfectly benefits from the advantages e-mobility has to offer. I really look forward to the following test runs and to the gradual further development in California.”

As you can make out from his quote above, he’ll be conducting further testing and providing feedback to Kreisel Electric for some time to come. What’s really more important, though, is what makes this electric conversion so special. See, using an existing chassis and body that wasn’t designed for an all-electric powertrain is a real challenge, but Kreisel Electric’s technology makes it quite a bit easier. By removing the engine and gas tank, the company is able to place the required battery packs and electric motors while preserving the same general weight distribution. In this specific case, that conversion results in a G-Class SUV with 483 all-electric horsepower and a top speed of 133 mph. It is said to achieve 62 mph in as fast as 5.6 seconds, three seconds faster than the standard model, and has a range of about 190 miles.

But, there’s more to this story, so let’s move on down the page.


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