Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Is A Gorgeous Top-Down EV

4 weeks ago by Jake Holmes 16

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Mercedes Maybach 6

Peeling back the wrapper on last year’s beautiful coupe.

Mercedes wasn’t kidding around when it promised a “big surprise” at this year’s Monterey Car Week. An open-top, all-electric stunner, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a convertible in the vein of the hardtop by the same name that was shown at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Vision 6 Cabriolet is, like its predecessor, an art-deco-inspired, neck-snappingly attractive car. Nineteen feet long and riding on 24-inch wheels, its hood appears to go on forever. An enormous chrome grille defines the car’s face, with tiny slits for headlights. The car’s rear is described as a “boat tail,” going hand-in-hand with the Nautical Blue Metallic name for this paint color.

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Mercedes Maybach 6

Move inside and things are equally fabulous. The Vision Cabriolet 6 has two seats, and the interior is designed on a “flowing” design mantra. That means a wing-like center console, wrap-around ambient-lighting elements, and door panels that appear to blend into the seats themselves. Each of those blue lights you see in the cabin? It’s a small backlit Mercedes pointed-star logo.

Instead of the digital displays in most modern Mercedes cars, there are retro, analog touches, like the twin round instrument binnacles perched atop the steering column. After all, the company says, “the designers are responding to the need of people to experience analogue luxury in what is an increasingly digital world.” For those drivers and passengers who still need more information, “main driving functions” and navigation information are projected via two head-up displays onto the windshield.

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Mercedes Maybach 6

There are four synchronous electric motors, one at each wheel, to provide 750 horsepower (550 kilowatts) of locomotion. Beneath the car’s floor is a massive battery pack that, when connected to a 350-kw CCS fast-charger, can add 60 miles (100 kilometers) of driving range in just five minutes.

Thanks to that battery pack, total driving range is over 200 miles (322 kilometers) – or as much as 500 km (311 miles) under the slightly more optimistic New European Driving Cycle test. Either way, it’s no slouch: the company says that the sprint to 60 miles per hour happens in “under” four seconds, while the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. Those figures match what Mercedes claimed of last year’s Vision 6 coupe.

Like last year’s coupe, this Vision 6 Cabriolet is merely a concept but offers a thought-provoking take on how the Maybach model range could expand in the coming years. Take a closer look at the car in our full photo gallery below.

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16 responses to "Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Is A Gorgeous Top-Down EV"

  1. Someone out there says:

    I like the red one more but it is a fabulous car!

  2. jim stack says:

    Looks heavy in the front for an electric. What range and battery size does it have? How safe is a convertible?

  3. Terawatt says:

    Gorgeous? It’s like silicone boobs the size of basketballs: obscene, horrible, devoid of all taste, crude, and disgusting! Intimidating? Sure, but only in the bad ways. Sexy? Not in a million years.

    1. William says:

      This “intimidating” intimidator MB Maybach 6 EV, even as a concept car, would be fun to show up, and plug in at the Beverly Hills Public Library. The “looks” that one would get being seen with this 0Bscene top down EV, would definitely be worth the price of admission.

    2. wavelet says:

      ++
      Everything about this car is ugly, overdone and appeals to nouveau-riche people, from the huge silly size, to the Benz-logo lights. Even the brand it’s named under, Maybach, is one resurrected for conspicuous consumption only.

      Boo to MB for spending a single Euro of designer or engineer time on this, insteadof on real cars.

    3. trololo says:

      I totally agree with you.
      It looks like the inside design has been taken from the Valerian movie.

  4. CDAVIS says:

    I’ve for a long while stubbornly believed that Mercedes will soon get serious about production EVs.

    I have believed this to be obviously true because in my mind there is no way that Mercedes would allow Tesla Model S to continue outselling Mercedes S-Class in Mercedes’s own back yard of Western Europe. I further believed this to be true because it’s certain that Model 3 will soon compete against Mercedes’s higher volume E-Class & C-Class.

    As I read this article this Sunday morning over a cup of coffee… the:

    “Like last year’s coupe, this Vision 6 Cabriolet is merely a concept…”

    the:

    @Mercedes said: “the designers are responding to the need of people to experience analogue luxury in what is an increasingly digital world…”

    I very reluctantly this Sunday morning have abandoned my position and have joined the camp of those that believe Mercedes is not capable of anytime soon responding to Tesla with production EVs that can compete against Tesla.

    Mercedes is a great brand that has a long history of engineering and making excellent ICE cars some of which I’ve enjoyed to own. But Mercedes needs to abandon the old-school tradition of tying up valuable resources charged with creating fantasy “concept cars” that are never intended to be built and that today serve only to discredit Mercedes in the eyes of “digital world” consumers such as myself.

  5. Eco says:

    The Retro Grille is absurd.

  6. super390 says:

    Many concept cars will be EVs in the future, because they kill 2 birds with 1 stone.

    1. It’s much easier to whip up a rolling mockup using electric motors. That’s pretty much what concept cars are.

    2. It’s greenwashing. Creating the illusion that you’re moving forward on mass-market EVs, which are in fact governed by manufacturing factors. Don’t show me your concept, show me your battery supply contract.

  7. Jack Lifton says:

    Most of the commenters seem to not know much about marketing. A Maybach BEV would be a logical point of entry for the tiny market now held by the original Tesla “luxury” class sedan. Then new EB, CB, and GB classes could be introduced on a common powertrain to see what would fly. BMW, and I think Jaguar are doing this also. Tesla will either be a niche brand, if it survives, by 2022, or someone ()probably Chinese) will buy it to save time on entering the US and European markets. Tesla-BYD sounds about right.

    1. trololo says:

      Tesla and Maybach have clearly not the same market.
      Tesla is not a luxury brand.
      I do not think the US government will allow another country to buy Tesla, their energy champion.

  8. Bill Howland says:

    So is Diamler trying to come up with More concept cars than Volkswagen?

    Their most serious product is the Smart ED. Apparently the car had too much driving range since they’re lowering it by 10 miles.

    So now their only serious product is even more out of the question for me, unless they started giving them away.

    Maybe the SMART ED embarrassed the expensive PHEV’s that would only go around 15 miles, so they DECREASED the battery size in the new model so they don’t have to be as red-faced.

    Sooner or later, you’d think these companies would start building something remotely that someone would actually want or use.

  9. trololo says:

    Get rid of those grids, seriously !
    The inside lighting may be great for show room but totally unpractical when driving, and could prove to be quickly boring and useless.

  10. speculawyer says:

    Kinda ugly, IMHO.

    And WTF is with that MASSIVE grille in front? The ICE automakers just can’t let ICE go!

    1. CDAVIS says:

      @speculawyer asked:
      And WTF is with that MASSIVE grille in front?
      ——-

      Anaswer:
      According to Mercedes its there because “the need of people to experience analogue luxury in what is an increasingly digital world.”

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