In Pebble Beach prior to last year’s Concours d’Elegance, Mercedes-Benz introduced the stunning Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept vehicle. At the time it seemed like the stunning car would be tough to top, but Mercedes achieved that by removing said top. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet wowed the invited crowd at its world debut during a special event on August 19 in Pebble Beach, California.
VIDEO: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Debuts
Measuring almost 20 feet in length, the Vision concept makes a bold statement, built in the spirit of classic ultra-luxurious open-top cars. “The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury, and is the perfect embodiment of our design strategy. Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious “haute couture” interior help to create the ultimate experience,” asserts explains Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG Gorden Wagener.
With the top down, the Maybach’s length gets accentuated by clean, sleek lines. The steeply-raked windshield gives a feeling of momentum, while the immense size is further enhanced by 24-inch light alloy wheels at each corner.
Up front a modern interpretation of the Mercedes-Maybach grille has narrow horizontal struts, and its chrome finish plays well of Nautical Blue metallic paint. Mercedes reps say the grille was inspired by a pinstripe suite.
Since the Maybach approaches the size of a boat, it’s only natural that the concept’s rear looks like a boattail speedster, designed with a luxury yacht in mind. Narrow taillamps further emphasize the width of this bold concept vehicle.
The interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is just as elegant as it is futuristic, evoking the feel of a luxury lounge. The electronic display screen wraps around the dashboard and continues into the doors for a fully immersive experience. This high-tech environment gets offset by classic round analog gauges behind the steering wheel.
The two seats are wrapped in white Nappa leather trim, folded and buttoned in a diamond pattern similar to Chesterfield furniture. Each button is backlit in blue with a small Mercedes logo. The floor is finished in open-pore wood with inlaid aluminum, which further supports the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet’s yachting theme.
Not only is the Vision concept indeed a vision; beneath its beautiful skin lurks a modern marvel. Power comes from four compact electric motors — one at each wheel to provide full-time all-wheel drive. Total output from the four motors is 750 horsepower, providing impressive acceleration. Mercedes says the range would exceed 200 miles.
No Plans for Production
Mercedes has made no announcements regarding production of this amazing vehicle; however, we wouldn’t be surprised to discover some of the Vision’s styling cues on future Maybach luxury automobiles.