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The Australian - Wish Magazine - - MOTORING - STORY STEPHEN CORBY

Mercedes-May­bach Vi­sion 6 Cabri­o­let

While there are plenty of supercar de­signs so an­gry and an­gu­lar they look like they’ve been drawn by teenage boys us­ing thick crayons on coloured card­board, the Mercedes-May­bach Vi­sion 6 Cabri­o­let is so achingly beau­ti­ful it looks like it has been penned us­ing a quill dipped in uni­corn tears.

As one Aus­tralian col­league said, “I’m sup­port­ing gay mar­riage, so I can marry this car.”

OK, so you can’t ac­tu­ally buy the Vi­sion 6 Cabri­o­let – well, not all of it, all at once – but its stun­ning de­sign lan­guage and the all-elec­tric wiz­ardry un­der its skin will feed plenty of future Mercedes and May­bach prod­uct.

May­bach is the uber-lux­ury arm of Mercedes-Benz, and so the Vi­sion 6 de­sign con­cept is swim­ming in lu­di­crously lush fea­tures, like a fab­ric roof in­ter­wo­ven with rose gold threads and Ch­ester­field-ri­valling crys­tal-quilted nappa leather seats.

If you’re think­ing it looks like some­thing that would be more at home sail­ing the French Riviera than driv­ing along­side it, you’re not mis­taken. The Vi­sion 6 Cabri­o­let is unashamedly nau­ti­cal, from its “boat tail” rear end that’s sup­posed to evoke im­ages of a yacht, to its twop­er­son cabin with moulded seats that ape the cap­tain’s chair on a lux­ury cruiser.

But the real high­light here is what’s un­der the bon­net. Let’s start with what’s miss­ing; a tra­di­tional engine. In­stead, floor-mounted bat­ter­ies power an elec­tric motor that will pro­duce 550kW. And that means a 100km/h sprint in less than four sec­onds, and a range of about 500km be­tween recharges.

Even bet­ter, the Vi­sion 6 de­buts a clever quick-charge sys­tem that will de­liver an ex­tra 100km of range in just five minutes of charg­ing, so there’s no hang­ing around for hours wait­ing for the bat­ter­ies to re­fill.

But all that bon­net has to be used for some­thing, and in the Vi­sion 6 Cabri­o­let it is used to hide a fully cus­tomis­able stor­age area (think hunting, fish­ing, pic­nic or spe­cial­ist equip­ment), as well as a rather fetch­ing per­son­alised lug­gage set.

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