• Guest feature: AMG and Puch – as different as the four seasons.
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    Guest feature: AMG and Puch – as different as the four seasons.

    Along the Elbe with an early Puch G and a Mercedes-AMG G 63.

    Fuel consumption combined: 13.8 l/100 km;
    combined CO₂ emissions: 322 g/km.*

Traditional meets contemporary.

Opposites attract. Contrasts sharpen the senses. In November, the Nikkei Nine restaurant opened its doors in the Vier Jahreszeiten (lit.: Four Seasons), Hamburg’s 5-star Fairmont hotel. Located on the banks of the Alster, the hotel bathes in light, bringing a fresh, exotic and international flair to the city. We pay the metropolis on the Elbe a long overdue visit – and not just in any old cars.


We can do contrasts, too. Together with photographers Stefan Bischoff and Andre Josselin, model Hanna Fischer joined up two other models: a 37-year old Steyr-Daimler-Puch 230 G and a brand-new Mercedes-AMG G 63 for a ride across the bridges over the Elbe, drawing contours with the two red off-road vehicles that couldn’t be any more defined. Old and new, strikingly complementary – just like the new restaurant in the old hotel.


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No chips today.

Sankt Pauli. The cold December wind blows from the Reeperbahn across the Heiligengeistfeld giving the closed snack bar a lonely and grey appearance. In the evening, a cuisine awaits us derived from the dishes made by Japanese immigrants in South America. So we don’t want to spoil our appetites with chips anyway.


A clear bid for individuality.

Every single corner in Hamburg, every tributary of the Elbe and every building radiates that old, Hanseatic flair. In recent years, city planners have proved themselves experts in enhancing the raw charm of the port with bright accents. Between the HafenCity and the Dancing Towers on the Reeperbahn, the city has always remained true to itself, but has still managed to go with the times. The same can be said of the two G-Class models with which we are here. The early 230 G from 1980, then sold as the “Puch G” in Austria, Switzerland and the other bordering COMECO countries, appears almost innocent. The G 63 from 2016 has the same form and a similar colour, but is a completely new interpretation of the off-roader. Traditional and contemporary. Class.


Limousine-like.

When the robust, angular off-road vehicle was first presented in 1979, off-roading became socially acceptable. All-wheel drive was no longer just something for the local communes and forest wardens, but also of interest to well-off private customers. The G-Class was different; it was an individual vehicle for modern individualists. 38 years later it is still being produced in Graz with a high degree of manual work involved, but has been technically further developed and leaves nothing to be desired with regard to comfort. Today, a G-Class symbolises an active lifestyle. Most owners no longer hound their Mercedes-Benz across off-road terrain, but they could if they wanted to. With no restrictions.


Welcome to the Nikkei Nine.

The furnishings of the Nikkei Nine also impressively reflect how tradition flows into modernity in the culinary field. Here, you won’t find the somewhat dark, gold-decorated gaudiness that we associate with many Asian restaurants. Everything is brightly lit, the seating for around 100 guests is well spread out and a tempting scent hangs in the air.


A breath of fresh air within dignified walls.

How many different and surprising tastes can we experience in one evening? In a small adjoining room, Osaka-born Yuki Hamasaki makes the finest sushi variations which he expertly seasons with home-made wasabi.


Fish imported from Japan and locally-produced, hand-picked ingredients pamper the palate. The journey through the far-eastern delicacies is accompanied by fine wines or lass of sake. But only for those of us who have no more driving to do today.


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Pearls of the night.

Hanna doesn’t want to return yet. She wants to muse over the impressions of the afternoon and evening and drives the Puch G down to the Elbe, to a lonely spot opposite the port facilities. A quiet rumbling and squeaking drifts across from the cranes; the heavy industry on the other side never rests. However, the big city is slowly falling asleep. An evening full of contrasts lies behind us. Culinary variations in a modern restaurant, surrounded by the traditional walls of the Vier Jahreszeiten hotel. Added to that, two red-painted works of automotive art, with 36 years of development separating them. What an experience. Hanna closes her eyes, looking forward to whatever comes next.


Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet in Africa.

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet:

Fuel consumption combined 17.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 397 g/km.*

 

A G-Class like never before: With the G 650 Landaulet, Mercedes-Maybach presents a new masterpiece of automotive engineering. The history of the G-Class is rich in superlatives and landmarks. With the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet, the off-road classic demonstrates that the definition of unique luxury can always be taken to a new level. Not only that: it is forever reinventing itself and providing yet more evidence of the potential that still resides in this classic all-terrain vehicle today, which has been in production since 1979.

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The new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet – Trailer.

A G-Class like never before: With the G 650 Landaulet, Mercedes-Maybach presents a new masterpiece of automotive engineering. After the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the S 650 Cabriolet, the open-top G-Class is the first off-roader from the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand.

 

The exceptional G 650 Landaulet follows the equally spectacular variants AMG G 63 6×6 and G 500 4×42. With its superlative V12 engine, portal axles, electric fabric top and exclusive equipment specification in the rear compartment, this very special all-terrain vehicle, which is limited to 99 units, meets the expectations of customers who demand the very highest standards of their vehicle. The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is surely the most exclusive form of stylish open-top motoring.

 

Fuel consumption combined: 17.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 397 g/km.*

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Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (W 463): Strictly limited open-air luxury both on- and off-road.

The new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet.

Strictly limited: open-air luxury both on- and off-road.

Fuel consumption combined: 17.0 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 397 g/km.*

Definition of unique luxury.

The history of the G-Class is rich in superlatives and landmarks. With the new Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet, the off-road classic demonstrates that the definition of unique luxury can always be taken to a new level. Not only that: it is forever reinventing itself and providing yet more evidence of the potential that still resides in this classic all-terrain vehicle today, which has been in production since 1979.

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (W 463): the off-road icon demonstrates that the definition of unique luxury can always be taken to a new level.
Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (W 463): Mercedes-Maybach presents a new masterpiece of automotive engineering.

Masterpiece of automotive engineering.

With its superlative V12 engine, portal axles, electric fabric top and exclusive equipment specification in the rear compartment, this very special all-terrain vehicle, which is limited to 99 units, meets the expectations of customers who demand the very highest standards of their vehicle. After the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the S 650 Cabriolet, the open-top G-Class is the first off-roader from the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand.

S 650 Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined: 12.0 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 272 g/km.*

The Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is surely the most exclusive form of stylish open-top motoring. The exceptional G 650 Landaulet follows the equally spectacular variants G 63 AMG 6x6 and G 500 4x42.

G 63 AMG 6x6: Fuel consumption combined: 19,6-11,2 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 459-295 g/km.*

G 500 4x4²: Fuel consumption combined: 13.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 323 g/km.*

Surpasses all standards.

With a length of 5,345 millimetres, a wheelbase of 3,428 millimetres, a height of 2,235 millimetres, almost half a metre of ground clearance and ample space and comfort for four passengers, the G 650 Landaulet surpasses all standards. This extrovert G-Class thus represents a unique combination of luxurious chauffeur saloon and off-roader. While the driver and front passenger are accommodated under the closed roof, the rear passengers can revel in a maximum of comfort: at the press of a button, a large folding top opens electrically to offer a view of the blue sky. The rear passengers enjoy the majestic open-air experience from their single seats. On demand, an electrically operated glass partition separates the rear compartment from the driver’s section. In addition, the glass can be changed from transparent to opaque at the press of a button.

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (W 463): surpasses all standards. This extrovert G-Class thus represents a unique combination of luxurious chauffeur saloon and off-roader.
Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (W 463): The first-class rear seats from the S-Class significantly enhance the seating comfort and spaciousness.

First-class rear seats.

Thanks to the 578 millimetre longer wheelbase, the passengers in the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet benefit from extensive freedom of movement. The first-class rear seats from the S-Class significantly enhance the seating comfort and spaciousness. The active multicontour seats with ENERGIZING massage function have inflatable air chambers to provide high seating comfort and excellent lateral support. Massage programmes make for enhanced well-being – according to the principle of a relaxing hot-stone massage. To afford the rear passengers the optimum in comfort, there is a large business console with thermal cup holders between the individual seats. These allow beverages to be cooled or heated over a lengthy period of time. The controls for opening or closing the glass partition are integrated behind the cup holders.

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (W 463): The luxurious, exquisite character of the Landaulet is emphasised by the high-grade designo upholstery with diamond stitching.

Luxurious, exquisite character.

The luxurious, exquisite character of the Landaulet is emphasised by the high-grade designo upholstery with diamond stitching, which is in all cases two-tone and available in four trim colours. Customers can choose between three different matching colours for the fabric top as well as four designo paint finishes. Exclusive “LANDAULET” lettering is worked into the rim flanges of the ceramically polished, 22-inch 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels.

Electrically extending entry aids make for easier access to the vehicle. Other exclusive design features include front and rear underride guards, large wheel-arch flares in genuine carbon fibre as well as, mounted on the right at the rear, the spare wheel with integral holder for the third brake light.

Ultimate in automotive power.

As is customary with the off-road icon, the “G” is forever breaking new ground: unlike previous Landaulets, which were based on prestigious saloons, the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet also has what it takes to deliver an unforgettable off-road experience. Familiar from the G 63 AMG 6×6 and G 500 4×42, the portal axles provide ample ground clearance of 450 millimetres, allowing the open-top all-terrain vehicle to overcome even extreme obstacles in a masterly fashion. High drive comfort comes courtesy of the most powerful available engine, the Mercedes-AMG V12 biturbo, which delivers a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) with a peak torque of 1,000 Newton-metres.

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet (W 463): High drive comfort comes courtesy of the most powerful available engine, the Mercedes-AMG V12 biturbo.

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#MBsocialcar – exploring Norway with the G-Class.

Gijs Spierings assured himself in Norway of the robust offroad capability the G-Class offers, a car like a building. Ever since its launch, the imposing stature of the G-Class has been appealing to its beholders. Undaunted. On a straight course. Unique. The G-Class stays again true to its values. Its compactness, ground clearance and robust offroad capability are legendary; its design is unique. The Mercedes-Benz classic offroader is beginning a new chapter of its success story which spans more than 35 years. With its continuously improved technology and high-class equipment specification, this cult all-terrain vehicle has consistently satisfied the highest expectations of its offroad fans. Whatever lies ahead of it, the G-Class is a pioneer. Its terrain starts where others give up.

 

#MBsocialcar. Mercedes-Benz collaborates with a network of more than 150 photographers and influencers around the globe. The aim is to stage Mercedes-Benz models in a breathtaking way, to take on new perspectives, and to visually capture the passion that is Mercedes-Benz. The vehicles are provided by Mercedes-Benz for this purpose.

 

Vehicle: Mercedes-AMG G 63

Fuel consumption combined: 13.8 l/100 km;

combined CO₂ emissions: 322 g/km.*

 

Location: Norway

 

Photos: Gijs Spierings Model: Niels Harmsen

 

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