Californians do enjoy their fair share of more sun than other planet dwellers, which is why luxury and opulence is also attracted to the coastline – so a limited edition Mercedes-Maybach version of the Mercedes S65 AMG Cabriolet is not out of place.
This is why the LA Auto Show featured the world premiere of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet – the first ever drop top from the subsidiary, scheduled to arrive at dealerships to deliver “the ultimate in open-air exclusivity.” Just in case you might mistake it for the regular S65 Cabriolet, the Maybach-branded special edition has even more chrome as well as a refreshed styling for the rear bumper. The Maybach emblem is on the fenders, while new orged 20-inch wheels complete the looks.
The S Cabriolet from Maybach has the same wheelbase as the S65, unlike the Maybach S600 sedan, while the cabin has been modified with Daimler’s best. There are entry lights projecting the Maybach logo and a 2013 Concept S-Class Coupe inspired theme of “flowing lines”. The seats get a waterfall-like upholstery via progressive perforations, outer diamond quilting on the seat side bolsters and there’s also bespoke trim on the door panels and instrument panel for that extra touch. Just 300 units will be assembled and there’s a chrome-plated “1 of 300” lettering on the cup holder. Logos also adorn the front side of the seats, the back of the head restraints, the steering wheel, and the center console’s stowage cover.
The US-spec model is limited to 75 examples and can be painted in Zircon Red with Porcelain / Black interior, Cote d’Azur Blue paint with Porcelain / Saddle Brown interior and designo Diamond White paint with Porcelain / Yacht Blue Interior. All units get a matching fabric cover, a color-coordinated luggage set made from the same leather used inside and a certificate signed by none other than Daimler chairman and Mercedes-Benz Cars chief captain Dieter Zetsche.
The Maybach S650 gets the same power credentials as the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet, meaning a biturbo 6.0-liter V12 engine with 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque – which is enough to propel this yacht on wheels to 60 mph (96 kph) from a standstill in four seconds and onto an electronically-governed 155 mph (250 kph) top speed.