As a part of bidding farewell to the legendary and enduring G-Wagen, Mercedes-Benz has released a fairly bonkers G650 Landaulet. Landaulet means half-convertible, when you’re keen for the wind in your hair, but you’re just not 100% sold. Let’s look at the cool stuff: a twin-turbocharged V12 making 463kW and 1000Nm from the six-litre displacement. There isn’t an official 0-100km/h time, but our complex and accurate algorithms indicate it’s slightly faster than s#!t off a shovel.
The interior, sourced from a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, is what I imagine leather heaven looks like. It’s a proper off-roader as well: portal axles give you 450mm of ground clearance, and you’ve got locking diffs and low range.
But why, why oh why did they steal the towel rack from a fancy Stuttgart hotel, and bolt it onto the back of this otherwise wonderful $675,000 4X4? Who said “Let’s ruin the incredible departure angle with two stupid bars of chrome,” and who did not object? It is true that evil triumphs when good people do nothing.