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 vehicle which, with its sensual, emotionally appealing design and innovative technical concept solutions, defines the ultimate in luxury of the future. The stunning Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet pays homage to custom built cabriolets from the past, but also looks to the future with its fully electric powertrain.
But you won't be able to buy it.
With its generous dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (length/width/height: 18.7/6.9/4.4 ft) continues the series of visionary design show cars from Mercedes-Benz. This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports auto (acceleration from 0-60 mph in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 155 mph) but also a range of over 200 miles (500 kilometers according to the NEDC). A five-minute charge could allow the luxury auto to run for up to 60 miles, which suggests that it would take 30 minutes to completely charge the vehicle.
All of that would make it the most luxurious, grandest electric auto on the planet.
"The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury, and is the ideal embodiment of our design strategy", Gorden Wagener, chief design officer for Daimler AG, said in a statement. The luxury electric vehicle is on display at Monterey auto Week at Pebble Beach in California. However, it's the design which makes it stand out with the full sized open top, the true Mercedes Maybach type unlike the S variants, that the company has designed in years. So-named for the zeppelin engines Maybach made before World War I, it was a massive hulk of a machine, weighing more than 6,000 pounds with a V12 engine. A radiator-style grille across the front is inspired by the pinstriped suit.
The maritime theme is apparent in the round "boat tail" that apparently recalls a luxury yacht - Sweptail, anyone? - as well as the nautical blue metallic paint. The wooden floor with aluminium inlays, minimalistic cock-pit with blue surround (what the Mercedes calls a 360degree lounge) and the exotic materials further add to the nobility of the yacht-themed vehicle.
The chic two-seater, described by Mercedes-Benz as "automotive haute couture", boasts "crystal white" leather seats interwoven with rose gold threads. The navigation system is linked to touchscreen displays, while an intelligent concierge system uses voice commands to provide information based on location and time of day. The two seats are connected with long, flowing lines from the car's center console, via the dash, and around the back of the seats. It was so long it wouldn't all fit into one iPhone frame.