Haute Drive

Re­defin­ing au­to­mo­tive haute cou­ture, the Mercedes-May­bach 6 Cabri­o­let rein­ter­prets clas­sic de­sign prin­ci­ples in a dra­matic man­ner to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence

MillionaireAsia India - - Contents - By Pallavi Singh

–MercedesMay bach 6 Cabri­o­let rein­ter­prets clas­sic de­sign prin­ci­ples in a dra­matic man­ner

Mercedes-May­bach fol­lows up the Mercedes-May­bach 6 Con­cept with an even more dra­matic cabri­o­let ver­sion. Stretch­ing some 236 inches in length, this May­bach is grandly pro­por­tioned. The swoop­ing con­cept car, un­veiled at the Peb­ble Beach Con­cours d’El­e­gance, is built around aes­thet­ics. In many ways, the 2017 Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 Cabri­o­let is a con­tin­u­a­tion con­cept, taking the Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 Coupé pre­sented at Peb­ble Beach in 2016 and re­mov­ing the top. Pow­ered by a 738-hp fully elec­tric pow­er­train, the Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 cabri­o­let is said to be able to travel more than 200 miles on a charge while a quick-charg­ing sys­tem can add 60 miles of range in five min­utes. There are four elec­tric mo­tors, one for each wheel, al­low­ing for all-wheel drive and torque-vec­tor­ing func­tion­al­ity. Per­for­mance claims in­clude zero to 60 mph in less than four sec­onds and a top speed gov­erned at 155 mph. It mea­sures nearly 18.7 feet long and 6.9 feet wide, yet of­fers just two seats. The wheels stand 24 inches tall. Al­though the 6 Cabri­o­let runs on bat­tery power (its soli­tary nod to the fu­ture) and there­fore lacks an en­gine,

The 2017 Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 Cabri­o­let is a car, which, with its sen­sual, emo­tion­ally apeal­ing de­sign and in­no­va­tive tech­ni­cal solutions, de­fines the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury

the hood makes up about half the car’s length. Ex­e­cuted in Nau­ti­cal Blue Metal­lic and fit­ted with 24-inch wheels fea­tur­ing 26 spokes and a rose-gold cen­ter lock, the Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 cabri­o­let is the open-top ver­sion of last year’s coupe con­cept that took Peb­ble Beach by sur­prise.

Up front, a grille with 25 ver­ti­cal slats rep­re­sents the new face of the brand. The Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 Cabri­o­let still in­cor­po­rates the op­u­lence and el­e­gant lines of the pre­vi­ous year’s Coupe con­cept, but it is the im­mense size and that glow­ing in­te­rior that trans­forms car from an el­e­gant be­he­moth to a float­ing 360° open-air lux­ury lounge. The ves­ti­gial ra­di­a­tor grille was in­spired by a pin­stripe suit.

rear end brings to mind a yacht, a theme ap­par­ently cho­sen to keep any­one from thinking the car draws ideas from some­thing use­ful, like a con­tainer ship.

The fab­ric top fea­tures rose gold threads, and it opens to re­veal an in­cred­i­bly so­phis­ti­cated in­te­rior with a clas­sic two-spoke steer­ing wheel, fu­tur­is­tic light­ing ef­fects, quilted leather in­spired by Ch­ester­field so­fas, and open-pore wood with alu­minum ac­cents. The dig­i­tal in­stru­men­ta­tion in­cor­po­rates phys­i­cal nee­dles— el­e­ments that Daim­ler de­scribes as “hy­per­ana­log.” The planked wooden floor plays up a mar­itime theme.

The Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 Cabri­o­let is a car which, with its sen­sual, emo­tion­ally ap­peal­ing de­sign and in­no­va­tive tech­ni­cal con­cept solutions, de­fines the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury of the fu­ture. At the same time, the two-seater model pays homage to the glo­ri­ous au­to­mo­tive haute cou­ture of hand-fin­ished, ex­clu­sive cabri­o­lets. The glam­orous cabri­o­let rein­ter­prets clas­sic, emo­tional de­sign prin­ci­ples in a dra­matic man­ner and com­bines in­tel­li­gent beauty with clas­sic, aes­thetic pro­por­tions and a re­duced, tech­noid ap­pear­ance – a per­fect em­bod­i­ment of the de­sign phi­los­o­phy of Sen­sual Pu­rity.

“The Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 Cabri­o­let takes mod­ern lux­ury into the realms of the ul­ti­mate in lux­ury, and is the per­fect em­bod­i­ment our de­sign strat­egy. Breath­tak­ing pro­por­tions com­bined with a lux­u­ri­ous haute cou­ture in­te­rior help to cre­ate the ul­ti­mate ex­pe­ri­ence,” ex­plains Gor­den Wa­gener, Chief De­sign Of­fi­cer of Daim­ler AG. Mea­sur­ing al­most six me­tres in length, the Vi­sion Mercedes-May­bach 6 Cabri­o­let in­cor­po­rates clas­sic pro­por­tions of art deco de­sign with its ex­tremely long bon­net and puris­tic, flow­ing lines, and at the same time com­pletely rein­ter­prets these aes­thetic prin­ci­ples.

With its gen­er­ous di­men­sions, the Vi­sion MercedesMay­bach 6 Cabri­o­let con­tin­ues se­ries of vi­sion­ary de­sign show cars from Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to the global na­ture of the Mercedes-Benz De­sign func­tion, these con­cept ve­hi­cles take cues from lo­cal trends in de­sign, cul­ture and mo­bil­ity and make these the fo­cal point of the re­spec­tive mo­bil­ity con­cept. At the same time, these show cars are look­ing far into the fu­ture.

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