And there's a good chance they're all already spoken for.
If you want a Mercedes-Maybach S650 Cabriolet you'll be facing some stiff competition, that is if there are any left to order. When asked about the V12-powered convertible's availability, the automaker told Automotive News (AN) that of the 300 models planned, 75 will make it stateside. There's a good chance those 75 are already spoken for as Mercedes opened its order book first to its best (i.e. richest) customers. "We give our best customers, you might want to call it the right of first refusal," CEO Dietmar Exler told AN.
OK, so owning one of the first 300 Maybach S650 Cabrios is out of the question. But what about if you wait until next year? Surely competition will be a bit less fierce and the production numbers should jump up…right? Wrong. Dietmar said the $300,000+ droptop would only be around for a model year, perhaps less. Much like you, we're not surprised in the slightest. Mercedes is doing its best to make Maybach great again-yeah, we're going to run that one into the ground-and part of that strategy involves making the nameplate as exclusive as possible. Buying one should be difficult and cost a ton of cash. Maybachs can't just be seen as a Mercedes trim level, this despite the fact that they basically are at this point in time.
This strategy will work in the short-term while the revived marque regains its footing, but in order to truly compete against the biggest of dogs it will need an exclusive model, like a shrunken version of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept. Yeah, we'd like to see the coupe make production looking like a coupe version of the car from "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman," but we all know that's not gig to happen.