Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet

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World premiere 16th November 2016: The new Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet is coming up at the 2016 LA Auto Show. Watch a first preview of the new model here.

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

The S650 is unlikely to be longer than the normal S-Class Cabriolet, as is the case with its S600 sedan sibling. The teaser video leads me to believe that it will be nothing more than an insanely opulent S-Class Cabriolet, which is already quite the cushy ride. I see plenty of chrome, unique trim and a proper Burmester audio system in the video.

I also spied a “1 of 300” badge on the cup holder cover, which means this won’t be some mass-market model. The Detroit Free Press claims 100 of these models will come to the US. The “650” in its name alludes to V12 power hiding underneath the hood, probably packing more than the S600 sedan’s 523 horsepower.

All this fun will come at a price, though. Considering Maybach’s only sedan starts at about $190,000, I wouldn’t expect this drop-top to sell for anything below $215,000, and even then, that might be a low estimate. The Mercedes-Maybach S650 will be officially unveiled on November 16.

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Hamilton snatches German GP victory

A strong start gave Lewis Hamilton his fourth win in July as he too the chequered flag in Germany.

Start, Hockenheimring, 2016
Pole sitter Nico Rosberg got away slowly and was passed by both Red Bulls, which he spent the rest of the race scrapping with.

However an altercation with Max Verstappen at the hairpin led to Rosberg receiving a five-second time penalty. He served it at his final pit stop which left him running to the end behind the two RB12s.

Daniel Ricciardo took second place after falling behind his team mate at the start. Red Bull had their drivers exchange positions at one point to ensure both benefited from Rosberg’s delay.

A slow pit stop for Kimi Raikkonen dropped him to sixth place behind team mate Sebastian Vettel. Nico Hulkenberg took seventh ahead of Jenson Button after Valtteri Bottas fell back to ninth place on fading tyres in the final laps,

Sergio Perez took the final point ahead of Esteban Gutierrez. The only retirements were Felipe Massa, who was hit by Jolyon Palmer at the start, and Felipe Nasr, whose Sauber stopped in the final laps.

Rosberg takes pole after engine issues

German GP: Rosberg snatches pole despite engine cut-out scareNico Rosberg will start the German Grand Prix from pole position, after beating his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at Hockenheim.

Rosberg was forced to abort his first Q3 run due to an “electronic error” that briefly cut the engine.

But his second lap gave him pole which was “a fantastic lap in the circumstances” according to the pitwall, as he ran with enough fuel for two laps instead of one in case he made a mistake on his first attempt.

It was Rosberg’s fifth pole of the season – 30 years on from his father Keke starting from pole here for McLaren – and came after setting the pace in every practice session all weekend.

It had looked like Hamilton would score his seventh pole of the season, but a scrappy second run, which included a huge lock-up at the hairpin, cos him dearly. He will start second.

Daniel Ricciardo will start third for Red Bull, bemoaning “losing the rear at Turn 8” on his final attack, ahead of teammate Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen outqualified Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, who locked out the third row.

Rosberg stays on top in Germany

Nico Rosberg stuck at the top of the timesheets in Hockenheim ahead of the German Grand Prix.

On a slightly warmer track Rosberg’s best time was a tenth of a second off his quickest from first practice.

Drivers had been told restrictions on track limits would not be enforced in the first practice session that policy changed in the afternoon.

Ahead of the session teams were told each driver could only run wide at turn one a maximum of three times before being reported to the stewards, and some came close to using up all three ‘strikes’.

Lewis Hamilton got within four-tenths of a second of his team mate after locking up at the Spitzkehre on his quickest lap and fighting oversteer at turn ten.

Mercedes’ rivals were closer to them in the second session than in the first. Sebastian Vettel lapped within six-tenths of a second of Rosberg and both Red Bulls were eight-tenths off the pace.

Rosberg fastest in German practice

Photo published for Nico Rosberg edges Lewis Hamilton in German Grand Prix practiceNico Rosberg set the quickest time of the session on super-soft tyres, posting a 1’15.517 which was over a second faster than his pole position time on F1’s last visit to the German circuit. Lewis Hamilton ended up three-tenths of a second off his team mate.

The competition was over a second behind despite every driver in the top ten using super-soft tyres to set their best time. Sebastian Vettel was 1.1 seconds adrift, followed by team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

The McLaren driver ended up seventh quickest, the Red Bulls separating him from his former team. With Button eighth ahead of the two Toro Rossos, the top ten was sorted nearly two-by-two.

Grosjean had a spin late in the session at turn ten and finished in 14th place. Charles Leclerc took over the second Haas from Esteban Gutierrez in this session.

The only other test driver in action was Esteban Ocon, who took over Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, but had to pit after reporting a power steering problem.