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Mercedes-Maybach to show topless S600 in Paris?

by Ronan Glon

The S650 Landaulet will use a 650-horsepower V12 engine.

Mercedes-Maybach is in the final stages of developing a topless version of the S600 limousine, a recent report finds.

Tentatively called S650 Landaulet, the model will be billed as the spiritual successor to the Maybach 62 Landaulet (pictured) that was built in strictly limited numbers a couple of years ago. The driver will have a fixed roof over his or her head, while the rear passengers will enjoy a large, retractable cloth soft top. Clearly, the Landaulet will be aimed at customers who spend very little time behind the wheel.

Power will be provided by an evolution of the S600's twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 engine rated at about 650 horsepower, a generous increase of about 120 horses over the standard S600. A seven-speed automatic transmission will spin the rear wheels.

Dutch website Autogespot has learned that we'll see the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Landaulet in the metal for the first time this fall during the Paris Auto Show, but the company hasn't commented on the rumor. If it's accurate, look for the ragtop to go on sale before the end of the year with a price tag that's expected to lie well above a quarter of a million dollars.

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