CLASSIC THROWBACK: Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Maybach Vision 6 at Pebble Beach. Image: NewsPress
Pebble Beach - Every August classic car fans from around the world converge on Pebble Beach in California for a very special beauty contest.
This gathering of magnificent classic cars is the perfect place to premiere the exclusive Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a sensational luxury-class coupé. The 2+2-seater is a homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future.
The coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity, the German automaker says.
Making a grand debut
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which measures almost six metres in length, is designed as an electric car and is set to make its debut at Monterey Car Week, which will take place on the Monterey Peninsula between August 16 and 21, 2016. The final event on August 21 will be the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elégance.
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Gorden Wagener, head of design at Daimler AG states: "Our glamorous coupé, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury. It is hot and cool. With its intelligent appeal and reduced, technoid look, it perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity and our pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency."
The interior design
The dashboard wing curves across the door trim into the seat landscape, creating a 360° lounge. The new "inside out" spatial design adds a particular touch of finesse, Mercedes-Benz highlights.
In addition to the flowing contours, the material composition produces a luxury experience, says Mercedes. Authentic materials and colours such as rose gold are used to create luxurious accents. The interior, with its high-quality leather trim, has a cool colour scheme which perfectly underlines the digital innovations.
Plenty of space has also been provided for further additions such as picnic accessories or personal items, the automaker adds.
Reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles
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, says Merc.
There is also a striking contrast between the Maybach red paintwork and the chrome strips which sit above the wheel arches and in the centre of the bonnet and boot lid.
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Distinctive 24" wheels fill the arches.
A further highlight is provided by the gullwing doors, a hallmark Mercedes design element which has been brought up to date. They underline the sporty character of the vehicle's silhouette and feature innovatively designed aluminium trim. The exterior mirrors designed as cameras are supported on the wings, says the automaker.
Electric drive system
Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive. The output of the drive system is 550kW. The shallow underfloor battery has a usable capacity of approximately 80kWh.
This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0-100 km/h in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 250km/h), but also a range of over 500 kilometres, according to Mercedes.
A quick-charge function allows for an impressive charging capacity of up to 350kW. In just five minutes enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometres.
The battery can either be charged via a cable connection at a public charging station or a conventional domestic outlet. Or, for even more convenience, it can be charged wirelessly, via an electromagnetic field.