At this year’s gathering of marvelous classic cars in pebble beach, California, Mercedes-Benz has showcased its ‘vision Mercedes-Maybach 6’ concept, a sensational luxury-class cabriolet. the two seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. the convertible reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way. the ‘vision mercedes-maybach 6’, which measures almost six metres in length, is designed as an electric automobile. the drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). the shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA).
with its sensual emotional design, and intelligent details, the electric ‘mercedes-maybach 6 cabriolet concept’ represents the ultimate in luxury. the classic aesthetic proportions of the show car – the extremely long bonnet, the low roof line and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse — recall the aero coupés of days gone by. but this is not retro design — this is mercedes’ reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles.
At the same time the design is something unexpectedly new: cool, technoid and understated. this is exemplified by the aerodynamically intelligent basic shape. even without spoilers, the airflow hugs the contours of the vehicle body and only breaks away very late at the tail end of the vehicle. then there is the surprisingly functional character of the narrow lights, and the rose gold rims. clearly defined contours and organically formed wings stand in contrast to the sharply drawn, extended feature line on each side which defines the upper vehicle body from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle to the rear. below this, the main body has a bulging, muscular look, extending across the entire flank. there is also a striking contrast between the maybach, dark ‘nautical blue metallic’ paintwork, and the chrome strips which sit above the wheel arches and in the centre of the bonnet and boot lid.