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Mercedes-Maybach’s S650 Cabriolet puts the top down and amps the opulence up

It was only a matter of time. Mercedes-Maybach made its triumphant return to form in 2014 with the incredible S600, and two years later, the brand is debuting its very first convertible — the stunning S650 Cabriolet.

Based on the existing Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, the S650 adds a myriad of touches fit for a king. Considering the vehicle wears a Maybach badge, we wouldn’t expect anything less. The car gets a new front bumper, as well as numerous chrome accents on its exterior, and the S650 wears 20-inch forged bichromatic wheels that are exclusive to Maybach.

When you open either of the vehicle’s doors, the Maybach logo is projected onto the ground by way of welcome lighting, which brings us to the lavish interior. Nearly every surface is trimmed in high-end leather, and the seats feature a gorgeous waterfall pattern achieved with progressive perforations. Mercedes calls the design “flowing lines,” and the smooth aesthetic cascades from the seats to the trim, each element of which is commissioned individually based on the customer’s preference. The car even comes with a special Maybach luggage set, which is of course color-matched to the interior setup the buyer chooses.

Power comes from a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 that produces a whopping 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Ride quality is obviously a hallmark of Mercedes-Maybach products, and the S650’s air suspension offers variable damping to ensure a pillowy, stress-free experience. Just 300 examples of the convertible will be produced, and just 75 of those will be coming to the United States.

Pricing information for the S650 hasn’t been published yet, but considering the Mercedes-Maybach S600 costs $191,300, we expect the droptop model to surpass the $200,000 mark and establish itself as one of the most coveted, opulent vehicles on the market.

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