Now Mercedes-Benz has put some of those questions to bed by outlining specific details surrounding the open-air off-roader, as well as releasing official footage of the beast in water-crossing action.
We already knew the G650 utilises Merc-AMG’s 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12, which pumps out 463kW and has a peak torque of 1000Nm.
However, we’ve now learnt the Maybach Merc measures in at 5345mm long and 2235mm high. It has a wheelbase of 3428mm and a ground clearance of 450mm thanks to those portal axles that are familiar from the AMG G63 6×6 and G500 4×42 variants.
On the inside, the Merc features active multi-contour seats with massage functions, thermal cup holders and high-grade design upholstery with diamond stitching (two-tone and available in four trim colours).
The folding top covering the rear, single-seat passengers is electronically operated via the press of a button, while a glass partition (also button-operated) separates the front and rear seats. This glass can be changed from transparent to opaque also by the press of a button.
The G650’s aggressive appearance is enhanced via 22-inch five-twin-spoke light alloy wheels, front and rear under-ride guards and large carbonfibre wheel-arch flares. A spare wheel with integral holder for the third brake light is fixed on the right rear quarter.
Typical of all G-Class vehicles, the G650 will be produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. A limited run of 99 units has been confirmed.
The open-top off-roader will make its worldwide debut at the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from March 9-19, 2017.