FOR DESIGN SMARTS, POWER, SPEED AND SHEER OGLE-WORTHINESS, THESE 2018 SUPERCARS ARE THE BEST THAT (LOTS OF) MONEY CAN BUY.
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.