Worthy alternatives to Priyanka Chopra's new Maybach from Nick Jonas

Worthy alternatives to Priyanka Chopra's new Maybach from Nick Jonas

Maybach madness

Text: Daryl Lee

So, you may have already heard about Priyanka Chopra being gifted a new Mercedes-Maybach by Nick Jonas. And what a car it is, a Mercedes-Maybach S650 limousine, finished with a two-tone exterior colour in cream and blue.

But just what is a Maybach you may be asking? Well, put crudely, it's a very, very well appointed Mercedes-Benz S-Class. But with the luxury dial cranked all the way up.

It's essentially the S-Class to end all S-Classes — the most luxurious Mercedes-Benz that (a very considerable amount of) money can buy. While her new ride is cool and all, here are some other Maybachs that Nick could have bought her. And one, in spite of his considerable fortune, he couldn't.

Maybach 62

When Mercedes-Benz pulled the Maybach nameplate out of the mothballs in 2002 after a hiatus of nearly 60 years, it did so with a pair of cars, the extra-large Maybach 57 and extra-extra-large Maybach 62. Unfortunately, not everyone fell for the model's frumpy styling and pedestrian S-Class roots, and for the 10 years the model was on sale, sales numbers were tiny. Its main rivals Bentley and Rolls-Royce outsold it at every turn. After years of low demand, the brand was finally euthanised in 2012, though it would make a reappearance just two years later. Fun fact: Kim Jong-Un owns a Maybach 62, which he brought along for the summit in Singapore last year.

Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard

After the marque's ignominious demise in 2012, Mercedes-Benz tried to do something subtly different. Instead of releasing Maybachs as a separate brand, it decided to release them as a sub-brand instead. While this Maybach here might look identical to the one Nick got Priyanka, it's actually an armoured one, able to withstand "hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle". It's also able to resist explosive charges at the side and under the vehicle, useful if your enemies are deploying roadside bombs or are of the grenade-lobbing variety. The only catch? The windows, being an integral part of the car's protective structure, cannot be rolled down. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. 

Mercedes-Maybach G650 Landaulet

A Maybach on its own is a symbol of excess, but the G650 Landaulet is quite simply the most excessive of them all, and that's saying something. For starters, it's built on the underpinnings of Mercedes-Benz' iconic G-Class off-roader, and we do mean "off-roader" instead of "SUV", because this thing will chew up any kind of terrain you could care to throw at it. Add to that its quaint landaulet bodystyle, which refers to a semi-convertible with a closed front for the driver and an open passenger compartment, all the better to wave at your adoring public from. And it's also incredibly rare. Mercedes-Benz will make just 99 of them.

Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

No, you can't have one for all the love and money in the world, because the 6 (its full name is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6) only exists as a concept car. First exhibited at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and its open-top sibling a year later, the 6 is all-electric and all-luxurious. It's Maybach's vision of what cruising along the French Riviera will look like in a decade or so. No word yet on whether it can actually go for sojourns on said Riviera, because with its graceful, tapering rump that resembles an Italian speedboat, it certainly looks more than capable.

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