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