We've been telling you about the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 and well after numerous teaser images and sketches, the company has finally revealed the car that is all set to make its debut at the Monterey Peninsula which culminates at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a 'sensational luxury-class coupe' and the 2+2-seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupes. The design of this coupe reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 measures over 18.5-feet (nearly six meters) in length and is designed as an electric car. The drive system has an output of 738hp. The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500km.
The one thing that you'll notice in this design is that the car is very aerodynamic even with its basic shape. This means that there are no aids such as spoilers, the airflow hugs the contours of the vehicle body and breaks away very late at the tail end of the vehicle. Then there is the surprisingly technoid character of the narrow lights, partially transparent rims and split rear window.
"Our sensational coupe, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury. It is hot and cool", states Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. "With its intelligent appeal and reduced, technoid look, it perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity and our pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency."
A reinterpretation of the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with the vertical struts accentuates the front end. The radiator grille rests on two aerodynamically shaped supports on the outer right and left of the bumper. The massive 24-inch wheels are a development of the aero rim from the Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile).
But the highlight of it all are the gullwing doors, a hallmark Mercedes design element which has been brought up to date. They underline the sporty character of the vehicle's silhouette and feature innovatively designed aluminum trim.
The extended, round "boat tail" format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6's rear reminds us of a luxury yatch and beside this, the distinctive features at the rear include the diffuser with an aluminum frame and the air outlets behind the wheel arches.
The exterior might scream retro but the cabin of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is built to provide a high-tech experience. The dashboard wing curves across the door trim into the seat, creating a 360 degree lounge. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 comes with "hyperanalogue" instruments with needles and circular, crystal-look displays. The classic circular instruments are combined with deep displays and act as a reference to the unique history of Mercedes-Benz.
Information about the seat, for example, can be shown on this digital strip. Map information is also shown in the front area of the strip. Menu content is extended along a digital line which extends to the sides as far as the occupants, who can set their own content ergonomically using touch control.
The front windscreen serves as a transparent display: driving-related data and geographical information is shown across its full width, augmenting the outside world with additional information. This information can be controlled and adjusted by the occupants using gestures.
The side sills are illuminated by LED light strips and this gives character to the 'all-electric' badge that the Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 wears. Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive. The output of the drive system, which is currently in series development, is 738 hp. The shallow underfloor battery has a usable capacity of approx. 80 kWh and the power helps the car go from 0-100km/h in less than four seconds before topping out at an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h.
So, it looks brilliant and is a standing example of the direction in which Mercedes is heading with its products.