Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a study of an ultra-stylish luxury-class cabriolet that is a revelation in luxury.
At this year's gathering of the most magnificent classic cars at Pebble Beach in California, Mercedes-Benz is once again set to present a highlight: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a car which, with its sensual, emotionally appealing design and innovative technical concept solutions, defines the ultimate in luxury of the future. At the same time, the two-seater model pays homage to the glorious "automotive haute couture" of hand-finished, exclusive cabriolets. The glamorous cabriolet reinterprets classic, emotional design principles extravagantly. It combines intelligent beauty with classic, aesthetic proportions and a reduced, technoid appearance - a perfect embodiment of the design philosophy of Sensual Purity.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is designed as an electric car. Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features an all-wheel drive. The flat battery sits in the underbody. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0‑100 km/h in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 250 km/h) but also a range of over 500 kilometers according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA).
The quick-charge function is also visionary: due to DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a charging capacity of up to 350 kW. Enough power can be charged in five minutes to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometers.
Powerful structural elements with the sharp feature line
Measuring almost six meters long, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet incorporates the classic proportions of Art Deco design with its extremely long bonnet and puristic, flowing lines while completely reinterpreting these aesthetic principles. The curved primary body boasts a sporty, stretched design characterized by powerful structural elements in conjunction with the sharp feature line. This side feature line defines the upper vehicle body, from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle through to the rear.
The strong contrast between the dark blue paintwork in "nautical blue metallic" and the chrome highlights increases the fascinating relationship between the clearly defined areas with organically shaped wings and the chrome trim elements, which sit at the top on the edge of the wing as well as in the middle on the boot lid, where they also incorporate the vertical brake lights. This benefits the interpretation of the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille, which accentuates the front end with its fine vertical struts. A pinstriped suit inspired the grille. The radiator grille rests on two aerodynamically shaped supports on the extreme right and left of the bumper.
The newly designed 24-inch light-alloy wheels feature a center lock. This is painted in rose gold and reflects the color shade used on all-electric vehicle studies from Mercedes-Benz.
The extended, round "boat tail" format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet's rear recalls a luxury yacht, and narrow tail lights, which emphasize the vehicle's width, are integrated into its outer edges. Further distinctive features at the rear include the diffuser with an aluminum frame and the air outlets behind the wheel arches.
The transition between the vehicle's rear, the area of the boot lid, and the interior boasts a flowing design. Crystal white high-quality Nappa leather creates an exciting contrast to the dark paint finish. The custom-made fabric top with interwoven rose gold threads has been perfectly coordinated with the vehicle's look.
Visionary show cars with long-term prospects
With its generous dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (length/width/height: 5700/2100/1340 mm) continues the series of visionary design show cars from Mercedes-Benz. So far, these include the Vision EnerG‑Force (Los Angeles, November 2012), AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Sunnyvale, 2013), Vision Tokyo (Tokyo, 2015), and Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé (Pebble Beach, 2016). Thanks to the global nature of the Mercedes-Benz Design function, these concept vehicles take cues from local trends in design, culture, and mobility and make these the focal point of the respective mobility concept. At the same time, these show cars are looking far into the future.