Classic car fans from all around the world converged in Pebble Beach, California for a once in a lifetime experience: The premiere of an exclusively exotic beauty, the epitome of class and luxury defined, set upon a mastery of art and engineering, as the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 gets set to exuberate the style it was made for and the luxury it is designed to offer.
A tangible telltale sign, if there has ever been one, of how far the aesthetic development humankind has undergone through this past century of innovation in technology and engineering, the German luxury coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.
Sensual and deeply emotional design plus intelligently sharp and classy details, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 represents the ultimate in luxury. Its classic aesthetics with an extremely long bonnet, misleadingly low roofline and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse recall the aero coupés of days gone by. But this is not retro design – this is a reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles.
Intelligently aerodynamic – the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is designed with unimaginable aerodynamic efficiency, that use of spoilers or skirts would be redundantly negligible as the airflow hugs the natural contours of the vehicle body and only breaks away very late at the tail end of the vehicle.
Organic lines and sharp features – Clearly defined contours and organically formed wings stand in contrast to the sharply drawn, extended feature line on each side of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 that defines the upper vehicle body from the iconic, pinstripe suit-inspired, soul-engulfing radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle to the rear. The vehicle’s bulging, muscular look that extends across the entire flank gives it a commanding stance and undeniably daunting presence on its distinctive 24-inch aero-rim alloys, from Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile).
The extended, round “boat tail” format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6’s rear recalls a luxury yacht while boarding narrow taillights on the outer edges emphasize the width of the vehicle. Complementary to this can be seen in the form of a Mercedes hallmark design element with aluminum-trimmed gullwing doors, underlining the vehicles sporty character.
As exemplified with the exterior aesthetic of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, the interior of the vehicle is a synthesis of intelligence and emotion and combines traditional Mercedes-Benz values with a new high-tech experience.
Curving round the door trim into the seating landscape, the dashboard wing creates a 360-degree control lounge that seemingly takes its passengers onboard a much updated and a lot more luxurious DMC DeLorean. The smooth swooping contours and seamless surface transitions from horizontal to vertical would leave its passengers with an altered understanding of car interiors and just how intricately smooth they can be laid out.
In addition to the flowing contours, the material finishes and textures produce a luxurious experience of the highest order; authentic materials and colors such as rose gold are used to create luxurious accents, high-quality leather trims with cool color schemes, traditional wood trimmed doors and dashboard surfaces, elm finished floor area (elm is the palest open-pore wood that Mercedes-Benz is currently working on for series use) all of which are complementary to the sleek digital control and display interfaces that holds its own in technological advancement and sophistication in this age of rapid digitization.
In the front luggage area of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a set of two suitcases, exclusively created for the vehicle. Here too the designers have followed the sensual, pure design idiom of Mercedes-Benz. Plenty of space has also been provided for further additions such as picnic accessories or personal items.
Do not let the extraordinary size or the promised other-worldly luxury the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 offers incept an idea of a gas-guzzling nature fool you as the German luxury coupe would do you wrong, thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive. The output of the drive system is 550 kilowatts (750 horsepower). The shallow underfloor battery has a usable capacity of approximately 80 kWh. This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0-100 kph in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 250 kph) but also a range of over 500 kilometers.
Vision is the system allows an impressive charging capacity of up to 350 kW. In just five minutes, enough power can be charged to achieve an additional range of around 100 kilometers. 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.
Mercedes-Maybach stands for the ultimate in exclusivity and individuality. The degree of designing finesse the Vision Mercedes-Maybach has been treated with does justice (and so much more) to all expectations of the German exclusive luxury coupé.