For quite a while, I’ve been contemplating adding a current Mercedes 1/18 to my lineup, but often opted not to because of the prices they go for.
Thankfully, my lucky day came last weekend when Amazon included a Cote d’Azur Blue Norev 1/18 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Cabriolet in my recommended items. I was considering a V222 facelifted S560 AMG-Line in Selenite Gray, but it was still pushing $120 all-in.
Just as my luck would have it, Amazon UK had one last S 650 in stock, being sold at the discounted price of $75 with $14 shipping. After a $64 Amazon gift card I had on my account, I paid only $25 or so for this lovely Mercedes.
I must say I’m thoroughly pleased with this purchase. It’s certainly a step in the right direction in expanding my 1/18 collection. I previously teased two of my three newest 1/18s, but the third will be arriving tomorrow.
The S 650 Cabriolet is Mercedes’ Maybach S65 AMG rendition sporting a 621 hp 6.0 twin-turbo V12. The real one costs just north of $350k, so I’m thankful I didn’t have to spend that much on this Norev.
This specific S 650 Cabriolet is finished in Cote d’Azur Blue, one of three colors available on this model. The other two were Zircon Red and Diamond White. The color names alone indicate the clientele this car was aimed at. My S 650 also has the Porcelain/Yacht Blue interior.
I can’t fathom how Norev made a 1/18 look so luxurious and opulent. Just by looking at it, your credit score begins to skyrocket. It really doesn’t compare to my M850i or the LC500.
The profile of the S 650 looks more reminiscent of a yacht than car, especially in such a color combination. On top of that, you have the delicious chrome faced wheels with as many spokes as digits in the owner’s Swiss bank account.
Everywhere you look, this thing looks more like it belongs parked in the harbor at Monaco instead of the parking lot of your local Nordstrom.
Norev continues to impress with the attention to detail up front, although I’ll assume there are no Swarovski crystals in the lights, unlike the real one.
The Maybach and S 650 badges on the rear look much nicer than you’d expect for the price.
I can’t explain how nice these wheels are in person, but they certainly have such a reflective and high-end look to them.
If you look closely, it even has the tiny Maybach name spelled out in one of the bars on the grille.
As you’d expect in a modern Mercedes, the engine isn’t visible, but the lovely V12 plastic engine cover is there to keep you satisfied during the single time you’ll ever bother to look at the engine.
What’s more, if you open the trunk, you’ll find the bespoke Maybach luggage that comes with the car.
But wait, isn’t this an S 650 Cabriolet?
Yes, yes it is. Thank you for your observation. It’s time to take the top off.
The top is a single piece of plastic that feels nice and solid with good paint. Fun fact: it has a dome light in the middle of the convertible top.
As nice as it looked before, it takes a quick removal of the top to make this car shine.
One look with the top off and it’s clear that this is a few steps above any Norev I’ve previously shown you guys.
It went from looking like a nice S-Class Cabriolet to looking like it has an 8 digit price tag and has enough room to throw a party in the Monaco harbor with all your billionaire buddies.
The long doors open pretty far to let your passengers (or show dogs) in the back.
I’m certainly not one for light interiors in real cars, but the Porcelain and Yacht Blue with the striped wood trim look exquisite.
Four sumptuous leather seats with heating and massaging so you and your friends can look down upon the poors in the utmost comfort.
If you look closely, you’ll find that it’s very well detailed right down to the 1 of 300 on the cupholder cover. Not only that, but since it’s based on an S65 AMG, you’ll find paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for the 7G-Tronic.
The striped wood and Burmester sound system add to the luxurious image.
The diamond quilted seats have Mercedes’ proprietary Airscarf system to blow warm air on the back of your neck on a cool fall evening while you drive away from the middle class.
Since this is an S-Class after all, the back seats are luxuriously appointed and have several amenities you’d find in the front such as a center console and cupholder tray.
You’ll always find something new when looking at it, but I did notice the Maybach emblem behind the rear seats.
Naturally, I took advantage of a delicious Florida afternoon to take a picture with the top down outside. This is where and how you’ll see most of these out in the wild.
Overall, this is about as luxurious of a model you can find for the price. Although it usually goes for $150 or so, you’ll occasionally get lucky on finding one at a much lower price.
Would I recommend it? If you like luxury cars and enjoy the finer things in life, of course I would. This is about as good as Norev’s quality gets in terms of models. They make few cars better than they made this one, and I’d struggle to think of a reason to not add it to your collection.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a bottle of Dom Perignon waiting for me at my penthouse apartment overlooking Miami Beach.