Mercedes-Benz decided to go back to the 1930s for its latest concept car, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet concept. With its imposing grille and long, sensuous curves, this stunning car may be inspired by the art deco movement dating back to France before World War I, but it has a 21st century powertrain with four electric motors.
Incorporating vintage aesthetics with next-generation technology seems to be the new trend nowadays for automakers of classic cars. We’ve recently seen the Nissan INFINITI Prototype 9 concept car unveiled at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance automotive event.
Mercedes-Benz showcased its exclusive, cabriolet model design at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event in California. The latest Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 fuses vintage “automotive haute couture” with futuristic technology and emission-free driving system. As well as its classic and futuristic features, the exclusive cabriolet has also been designed to perform as a sports car that can rev up from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4 seconds. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 500 kilometers.
Quick-charging is also deemed to be one of the Mercedes-Maybach 6’s impressive attributes. The cabriolet can be plugged in and charge up for five minutes to gain an extra range of about 100km. Apart from the luxurious aesthetics and interior, the emission-free driving aspect of the Mercedes-Maybach 6 makes it an impressive and sustainable collectible.
Despite its vintage aesthetic design, the Mercedes-Maybach 6 is built with an intelligent system that can predict the needs of passengers and subsequently offers information and solutions in real-time. A Concierge function is also available, which allows passengers to naturally engage in a conversation without having to use predefined voice commands. Biometric sensors have been incorporated within the smart system to monitor the mental and physical health status of the people onboard the cabriolet.
Inside, there’s only room for two passengers, but the yacht theme continues with an open-pore wood floor with inlaid aluminum. The spacious interior features a flowing aesthetic that brings exterior and interior together, a holistic design that highlights a floating, transparent center tunnel visualizing the drive system’s electrical energy flow with blue fiber optics.
The extended, round “boat tail” format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet’s rear recalls a luxury yacht, and narrow tail lights which emphasise the width of the vehicle are integrated in its outer edges. The boat tail design has also recently been prominently been featured in the world’s most expensive one off car: the Rolls-Royce Sweptail.
With its sensual emotional design, and intelligent details, the electric Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept represents the ultimate in luxury. The classic aesthetic proportions of the show car – the extremely long bonnet, the low roofline and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse — recall the beauty of automotive design of days long gone by. But this is not retro design — this is Mercedes’ reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles.
The two seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupés and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. the convertible reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way.