This is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, a dramatic looking cabriolet running on Californian roads before its presentation at the Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach. The glorious drop-top comes one year after the 6-meter long coupe version was presented at the same venue.
The alluring and exquisite Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet claims its spot in the center of attention with its grand haute-couture looks. With the proportions of a speed boat floating on a pleasure cruise the French Riviera, with its sweeping tail, the masterpiece of luxury measures almost 6 meters in length (5700/2100/1340 mm). Dressed up in Nautical Blue Metallic and fitted with 24-inch wheels featuring 26 spokes and a rose-gold center lock, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 cabriolet is the open-top variant of last year’s coupe, the longest ever built. At the front, a 25-vertical blades grille proudly stands to recall the history of the brand and confirming a bit of a retro flare, but with no functional role whatsoever. It was inspired by the pinstriped suit, claims Daimler.
Promising to bet it all on eco-friendly high-performance automobiles, the electric race has just started for Mercedes. The Vision 6 Cabriolet is full electric, with four electric motors and batteries mounted under the floor, delivering 750 horsepower and providing a range of 200 miles according to EPA, 500 kilometers according to NEDC. The speed boat on wheels hits 60 mph (100 km/h) in less than four seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h.
A quick-charging system can add 60 miles of range in five minutes, the company claims. The elongated twin-hinged hood of the cabriolet opens like the wings of a butterfly and hides luggage instead of an internal-combustion engine.
Once the fabric soft-top drops, it reveals a sophisticated high-tech interior with a two-spoke steering wheel, a futuristic looking dashboard with physical needles, that Daimler calls “hyperanalog”. Each individual button of the quilting depicts a delicate Mercedes star, backlit in blue. Crystal white Nappa leather in contrast with the nautical blue of the exterior, rose gold trims and an open-pore wood floor to intensify that French Riviera floating feeling.
The floating, transparent center tunnel visualizes the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the passengers by means of blue fiber optics. The main driving functions as well as relevant information are displayed on the windscreen via two head-up displays.
The cabriolet will be on display at the Monterey Car Week between August 15-20th.