Love it or loathe it, there’s no denying that Mercedes’ latest creation will turn heads wherever it goes.
It’s called the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet and it combines the luxury of a superyacht with dazzling super-coupe looks and a drop-top roof.
The four-wheeled cruise-liner concept was revealed this weekend at Pebble Beach as part of this year’s Monterey Car Week in California.
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A Vision: The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet was showcased for the first time at the weekend – but what is it?
The concept car is a blend of superyacht and luxury car with a high-performance pure-electric powertrain driving it
For those of you who are clued-up on your Mercedes concepts, it might look a little familiar. That’s because it’s a roofless version of the Vision Maybach 6 luxury coupe concept launched at the same event last year.
Like it’s roofed sibling, it will be propelled by an immensely powerful electric powertrain producing enough grunt for this four-wheeled barge to out-sprint most lightweight sports cars in a drag race from a set of traffic lights.
The German car maker described it as a ‘sensual, emotionally appealing design with “innovative technical concept solutions” that “defines the ultimate in luxury of the future”‘.
We think it looks an updated version of Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 from Thunderbirds.
What it undoubtedly is – looking at the dazzling images of the concept car – is inexplicably enormous.
Under the winged bonnet is a storage unit that holds dinner plates, flasks, cutlery, umbrellas and trolley bags
The new concept (right) closely resembles the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 luxury coupe (left) that was revealed at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Chief design officer Gordon Wagener (pictured) unveiled the stunning vehicle in California at the weekend
Measuring in at 5.7 metres long and 2.1 metres wide, you’d struggle to find a parking space to put it in, let alone a garage. And despite the immensity of it, there’s still only room for just two seats.
The massive body is incredibly sleek, though, featuring the same delightfully elegant lines as the original Maybach 6 concept.
The new Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet also shares a similar chrome-finished grille and a set of glimmering 24-inch multi-spoke wheels.
Top up or top down? Unlike Mercedes-Maybach’s earlier luxury concept car, this one would give the occupants the choice between sheltered and wind-through-your-hair driving
At 5.7 metres long and 2.1 metres wide you can forget about looking for a parking space and start considering where to dock it
The vehicle stunned onlookers during Monterey Car Week – one of the biggest motoring events on the US calendar
But the big difference is the custom-made fabric top that – according to Mercedes – is interwoven with gold threads to epitomise the outlandishness of this boat-like concept.
It’s complimented by a new sloped rear-end design that’s been crafted to look like the deck of a superyacht. It’s certainly succeeded in that task, producing a car that looks as though you’d need to dock somewhere instead of pull over at the side of the road.
Mercedes says the 740bhp electric powertrain – made up of four compact electric motors powering each wheel – can sail to 62mph in under four seconds but only has range of 310 miles.
That enormous bonnet looks like it would easily contain a V12 engine, but instead the Vision Maybach 6 Cabriolet has an all-electric powertrain with two electric motors on the front axle and another two at the rear
By European economy tests – which tend to be optimistic, especially for electric vehicles – the Visoins 6 can cover 310 miles on a full charge
The batteries can be fast-charged in five minutes to give an additional 60 miles of range, Mercedes said
That’s 70 miles short of the Tesla Model S P100D that you can buy today, though the Maybach 6 Cabriolet can be anchored to a DC fast charger that will boost the range by 60 miles in just five minutes.
Inside, the cabin is lathered in crystal white nappa leather that’s shaped in the same way as high-end Chesterfield furniture, while the wooden floor is another hint to its yachting inspiration.
Interior pictures also show a minimalist dashboard that contains three air vents and a blue fibre optics wrap-around panel with the sat-nav visuals incorporated into it.
The interior is lavished in white leather that’s crafted in the same way as high-end furniture and a blue fibre-optic panel that wraps around the entire cabin of the car
The dashboard has a minimal design and there are barely any buttons in sight. Much of the features are controlled via voice recognition and the driving information is projected onto the windscreen
Despite the massive dimensions of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept, there is only room for two people
The driver gets an instrument cluster made up of two round dials, though much of the information is fed via a pair of head-up displays that are projected onto the windscreen.
The eagle-eyed among you will spot the lack of buttons to adjust the temperature, radio and other setting inside the vehicle – that’s because most of the features will be activated using a Concierge voice control system designed to understand natural speech.
And as a final flurry of extravagance, the double-hinged bonnet opens like a pair of wings and reveals a decked storage unit that holds a variety of items, from dinner plates, flasks and cutlery to a pair of umbrellas and a luggage set.
The car has a 0-to-62mph time of less than four seconds – that’s better than most lightweight sports cars you can buy today
The massive chrome-plated grille is similar to that of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 coupe showcased 12 months earlier
The fold-down roof is interwoven with gold threads, according to Mercedes’ official statement on the car
Being a concept, it’s highly unlikely that the car will ever be put into production. Were it to go on sale, it would easily eclipse the £260,000 starting price for the Maybach S 650 Cabriolet launched last year.
Despite this, the electric powertrain and some of the design cues hint towards what Mercedes and Maybach models could be like in the future.
Are you taken by the boat-like looks? Or does the design make you feel sea sick? Let us know in the comments section below.
With its elongated rear section and swooping lines, we think the Vision Maybach 6 Cabriolet looks like a modern-day take on Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 from Thunderbirds (right)
The back end has been designed to look like the rear deck of a yacht – you can certainly see the resemblance
Want one? You’re highly unlikely to be offered the opportunity to own the Mercedes-Maybach Cabriolet anytime soon