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
2+2 seater coupe.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6,
which measures almost six metres in length, is designed as an electric car. The
drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery
allows a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles
according to EPA).
The large coupé made its debut
at Monterey Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula being held between 16 and 21
August 2016. The final event on 21 August will be the Pebble Beach Concours
The extremely long bonnet, the
low roof line 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.
At the same time the design is
something unexpectedly new – cool, technoid and reduced. This is exemplified by
the aerodynamically intelligent basic shape. Even without aids such as
spoilers, the airflow hugs the contours of the vehicle body and only breaks
away very late at the tail end of the vehicle. Then there is the surprisingly
technoid character of the narrow lights, the partially transparent rims and the
split rear window.
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, 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.
The extended, round "boat
tail" format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6's rear recalls a luxury
yacht, and narrow tail lights which emphasise the width of the vehicle are
integrated in its outer edges.
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. The
sitting surface forms a horizontal, which transitions into the vertical of the
doors and finally becomes the underside of the dashboard wing.
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.
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