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.
Designed from the ground up as an electric car, the Maybach 6 stands at almost six metres in length. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp) with energy stored in the 80kwh underfloor battery pack offering a range of over 310miles using the NEDC calculations.
Driven through four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive with performance promising a 0-60mph time of under four seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155mph.
The quick-charge function is also visionary: as a result of DC charging based on the CCS standard, 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 65 miles.
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.
The classic proportions of the show car with an extremely long bonnet, the low roof line and the rearward positioning of the greenhouse – recall the aero coupés of days gone by. An aerodynamically efficient shape without spoilers or clutter to ruin the lines with design cues taken from luxury yachts, both inside and out.
The Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with its fine, vertical struts accentuates the front end. The grille was inspired by a pinstriped suit. The distinctive 24-inch wheels are a development of the aero rim from the Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile). A transparent shield in the vehicle colour provides a view of the aluminium spokes behind it.
A further highlight is provided by the gullwing doors which give access to an elegant interior aiming to embody the ultimate in luxury with padded leather upholstery and an extensive use of elm wood continue the feeling of a yacht.
The front windscreen serves as a transparent display: driving-related data and geographical information is shown across its full width, augmenting the outside world with additional information. This information can be controlled and adjusted by the occupants using gestures with a floating, transparent centre tunnel, which visualises the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the occupants.