The Ultimate In Luxury: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 With 200+ Miles Range

AUG 19 2016 BY MARK KANE 49

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Daimler brought a special concept coupé – the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 on 24-inch wheels to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elégance

To some degree it reminds of the Batmobile…if Batman where into Maroon that is.

It’s truly an extraordinary vision of the future, where “6” – we believe – represents almost six meters in length. Despite all that space it displaces, the interior is compact-luxury for 2+2.

It’s all-electric by the way, with a state-of-the-art battery, power train and charging performance.

Range of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is estimated at over 500 km (310 miles) NEDC or over 200 miles (320 km) of real world/EPA driving.

The battery’s usable capacity stands at 80 kWh.

On the performance side, Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 accelerates from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in less than 4 seconds. The top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). All thanks to four electric motors with a total of 550 kW peak output and all-wheel-drive.

Finally, charging happens at up to 350 kW DC (CCS Combo)! Five minutes replenish energy for 62 miles (100 km). Standard conventional charging or more convenient wireless charging is also included.

Our take away is that is a gorgeous concept car to look at, and that is how it will stay.

If history has taught us anything, it is that cars are getting smaller, but more functional – even in the luxury segment, and that certainly doesn’t describe the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6…although it does offer a nice place to keep our Dom Perignon chilled at the perfect 55 °F.

Full press blast on the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 (and more pictures) can be found below.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Press blast:

Study of an ultra-stylish luxury-class coupé: The ultimate in luxury: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Stuttgart/Pebble Beach. 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. The coupé reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.  

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 is set to make its debut at Monterey Car Week, which will take place on the Monterey Peninsula between 16 and 21 August 2016. The final event on 21 August will be the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elégance.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

With its sensual, emotional design (“hot”) and intelligent details (“cool”), the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 represents the ultimate in luxury. The classic aesthetic proportions of the show car – 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.

“Our glamorous coupé, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury. It is hot and cool”, states Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “With its intelligent appeal and reduced, technoid look, it perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity and our pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency”.

Reinterpretation of classic, aesthetic principles: the exterior design

Clearly defined contours and organically formed wings stand in contrast to the sharply drawn, extended feature line on each side which defines the upper vehicle body from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle to the rear. Below this, the main body has a bulging, muscular look, extending across the entire flank. There is also a striking contrast between the Maybach red paintwork and the chrome strips which sit above the wheel arches and in the centre of the bonnet and boot lid.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

A reinterpretation of the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille with its fine, vertical struts accentuates the front end. The grille was inspired by a pinstriped suit. The radiator grille rests on two aerodynamically shaped supports on the outer right and left of the bumper.

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. Above this sit the two extremely shallow rear windows (“split window”). Further distinctive features at the rear include the diffuser with aluminium frame and the air outlets behind the wheel arches.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Luxurious 360° lounge featuring new materials: the interior design

The interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a synthesis of intelligence and emotion and combines traditional Mercedes-Benz values with a new high-tech experience.

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 addition to the flowing contours, the material composition produces a luxury experience of the highest order. Authentic materials and colours such as rose gold are used to create luxurious accents. The interior, with its high-quality leather trim, has a cool colour scheme which perfectly underlines the digital innovations. The sitting surfaces have a Chesterfield look. In the doors and dashboard the traditional wood trim softens the appearance of the digital control and display interfaces. As a contrast to the digital world of the displays, elm is used in the floor area, creating a refined yachting look. Elm is the palest open-pore wood which Mercedes-Benz is currently working on for series use.

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.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Dipping into the future: a fusion of analogue and digital experience

Ever since Mercedes-Benz invented the car 130 years ago, driving has been a source of enjoyment and delight. With the increase in digitisation comes a simultaneous need for sustainable analogue solutions, the design of which has been emphasised and in places exaggerated in the concept car. In the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 this can be seen above all in the “hyperanalogue” instruments with needles and circular, crystal-look displays.

The classic circular instruments are combined with deep displays and act as a reference to the unique history of Mercedes-Benz. In contrast, other display elements are digitally integrated into a continuous glass trim part. Information about the seat, for example, can be shown on this digital strip. Map information is also shown in the front area of the strip. Menu content is extended along a digital line which extends to the sides as far as the occupants, who can set their own content ergonomically using touch control.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

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.

The luxury padded leather upholstery is a particular highlight. Its traditional look is combined with future technology here – the buttons which would normally be trimmed in leather have been replaced in the upholstered surfaces by miniature “body sensor displays”. These scan the passengers and monitor, for example, their vital functions. As a result, comfort features such as seat climate or the massage function, for example, can be activated or the seat settings adjusted to the passenger. The sensors embedded in the upholstery also record the incidence of light, the colour of the occupant’s clothing and the ambient temperature. This information can be used to trigger new, emotional lighting effects in the interior.

The concept car aims to embody the ultimate in luxury, and this is underlined by the fact that the driver can switch to digital/autonomous mode. Another highlight is offered by the floating, transparent centre tunnel, which visualises the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the occupants.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Emission-free driving: electric drive system generating 550 kW (750 hp)

The side sills, illuminated by LED light strips, clearly underline the fact that the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is designed as an electric car. Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors, it features all-wheel drive. The output of the drive system is 550 kW (750 hp). The shallow underfloor battery has a usable capacity of approx. 80 kWh. This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0‑1 00 km/h in under four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 250 km/h) but also a range of over 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA).

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Vision: add an extra 100 kilometres to the range in just five minutes

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 100 kilometres.

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 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The wow effect: visionary show cars with long-term prospects

With its impressive dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 (length/width/height: 5700/2100/1328 millimetres) is the first luxury coupé in the series of visionary design show cars from Mercedes-Benz. These include the Vision EnerG‑Force (Los Angeles, November 2012), AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Sunnyvale, 2013) and Vision Tokyo (Tokyo, 2015). Thanks to the global nature of the Mercedes-Benz Design function, these concept vehicles take cues from local trends in design, culture and mobility and make these the focal point of the respective mobility concept. At the same time these show cars are looking far into the future.

Mercedes-Maybach: perfection blends with exclusivity

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

Mercedes-Maybach stands for the ultimate in exclusivity and individuality. The target group is made up of status-oriented customers. The current vehicles include the Mercedes-Maybach S 500 and S 600 models, launched in February 2015, which blend the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S‑Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. A special protection version, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, is the world’s first passenger car to meet the highest ballistic protection level for civilian vehicles, VR10.

The most recent model is the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman with face-to-face seating. Launched at the beginning of 2016, it adopted the mantle of absolute top-of-the-line model.

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49 Comments on "The Ultimate In Luxury: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 With 200+ Miles Range"

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I am sorry to say but this looks really ugly!

Not ugly to me, but neither practical nor desirable. While the ridiculously long hood is an obvious sore point, I’m more appalled by the lack of windows. I’ve seen that in a lot of concept cars (the Volt for one), and it’s never attracted me.

Especially fugly front grille … why does an all-electric car have a grille?

That should retail @ $500,000.00 …That’s a lot of ugly hot air For that much money…& Lousy Range to boot!

With over 3 tons, 200+ miles range on 80 kWh is impressive.

Kind of reminds me of the first concept of the Chevy Volt – really long front (storing the batteries?) and then short back.

Wow, that is brutal! But I like it as well. It makes a big statement. I think an 80 kWh pack is too small for such a big car though, 120-150 kWh feels more appropriate. It’s probably very expensive anyway so adding more battery shouldn’t make much of a difference.

Wow – how phallic can a car design get?

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Make 5000 of these a year, sell them for 250,000 each, and you will have a waiting list.

Ridiculous

to correct the writer of the article: maybe luxury cars in general are getting shorter but the benz-o has been getting longer. so the trend at daimler is for luxury cars to get longer.

i’m not a big fan of the design myself. aside from a front section that is way too long, it has too much of a 1930’s appearance to me. i guess you shouldn’t read too much into the layout of a concept car, but this layout makes no sense. first of all, the luggage department is very small, and the beverage cooler is in a useless location – you would have to stop and get out of the vehicle to access your beverages. you want the compartment located so that it is accessible to the back seat passengers.

Yeah, agreed, – back when pricey cars had long hoods, they served a purpose, namely containing the str8-8’s underneath.

The original Chevy Monte Carlo had just about as ridiculous a hood as you could practically get away with – this Maybeck seems to have exceeded that.

As far as a Bat-Mobile goes, the only thing this has over a 1965 thunderbird is that it is battery powered. The t-bird looked as good as this thing, and, in constant dollars, I’m sure is alot cheaper.

I really don’t get the hood.

Given 4 electric motors, each is presumably next to a wheel, and they’d be physically smaller than in a one-motor-per-axle design — what’s actually under that hood?

The best-looking designs are always where form follows function… Not the case here, for sure.

Maybe the entire under-hood/bonnet area is a frunk, and there’s no other carog area?

I remember sketching cars like this in tenth grade, during study hall. The long hood concealed a 32-cylinder, 2,000 horsepower engine displacing 1,000 cubic inches.

I was a true visionary.

hate to burst your bubble, but this is the classic “sports car” design that has been around since the 1930’s.

Maybe you should change your name to No Sense of Humor

YEA POS..

cute – I bet it would run incredibly smoothly, though, with some serious torque! I heard witness of an old V24 from the ’20s that ran so smoothly and quietly that you had to put your hand on the hood to know it was even idling.

I love it when car manufacturers start giving specs on imaginary cars existing only as photoshop images. Why don’t they directly claim that it has a 200kWh battery and a 0-60 time of 2 seconds …

THAT would be newsworthy!

Is so long that it should range 500 miles with all the batteries it can hold

Nice Buick grill….

If ever you wondered whether sports cars were penis extensions… I guess you have your answer. They really jumped the shark with the phallic design on this one.

Can they really charge at 350 KW? That would be an advancement towards a 1000 KW rate and a real 10 minute charge time of by then a standard 150 KWh battery.
I wonder why they don’t already try 500 KW, 350 KW is such a strange number.

500 kW is an enormous amount of power, the insulation on the cables would have to be really thick. 350 kW is probably difficult enough.

You think it comes with a free lead vest?

350 kW is the next stage of CCS

In my locale, the only place I could find a HIGH SPEED 25 kw charger is in Canada. People complaining that the upcoming BOLT can ‘only’ do 50 kw is peevish enough, but now 350 kw isn’t enough because supposedly it isn’t a ’round number’? That’s just stupid.

Ok if 350 make sense to you that’s fine but it doesn’t appear to fit in the Megawatt goal like 250 and 500 do.

You happen to live in a rare area where electricity is prolific, therefore plentiful, and very cheap. Most places in the States are unlike that. While electricity in the states in general is around 2/3rds the cost of most of Europe, there is no way anyone is going to be able to afford charging a car at 350 kw. Busses and large trucks might conceivably need this much charging equipment but one of the points of trying to remain “GREEN” is to utilize existing resources efficiently – something Electric Vehicles CAN DO, but Superchargers and Fast Chargers DO NOT. These use incredible amounts of resources, during the day when electricity is at its most scarce, and the only way it can be justified is it is a necessary evil when people are on vacation. But for purposes of Comparison, the same power level can charge 350 Cadillac ELR’s, mostly after the midnight hour when there are GOBS of electricity available, and it even promotes the lifespan of central stations since they don’t have to throtle back to damaging levels. Thats probably as many ELRS as there are in the entire NY State! And all these resources required to charge only… Read more »
If a car takes 100 KWh in an hour, in 30 minutes or in 10 it is exactly the same 100 KWh of energy. If you fill up a gas car with 10 gallons of fuel using a pressure system like in Formula 1, using a hose at a station or using a dropper overnight, it is still the same amount of gas. Speed of filling or of charging does not change the amount of energy you put in a same battery. Now on power availability, it is pretty clear that you will not have high power at home, at most 22 KW or around that, but at a dedicated supercharger you can have high power life from the grid or if really necessary a local buffer system, that’s really a false problem. Let remind what we are speaking of, if we consider a single modern wind generator, it produces 6 MW of power. That means that a single wind generator in the middle of nowhere can power 12 superchargers running at 500 KW. If you add solar power you can also supply when there is no wind. Better you can use the same buffer battery that allow high charging… Read more »

Well you live I assume in North America, and from your statements, have never seen a commercial or industrial electric bill.

Europe has similar concerns, although there, ‘demand contracted for’ is the largest charge.

In the states, there is rarely any charge for the rate at which any reasonable amount of Natural Gas is consumed, provided there are no additional constructions required.

Electricity here is different. It would be interesting to see you go to some of your local businesses and tell them to install a 6000 kw windmill (I believe that would be almost a world record), or even to put in a bunch of 500 kw fast chargers.

Let me know how many takers you get. You’re in for a rude surprise.

For me this is simply too far removed from any real production intent to be of much interest. I’m neither disgusted nor excited. It gets a tepid “meh” from me.

The car admittedly looks pretty good, but then I’ve actually owned some relatively low priced cars that look better, and one (a VW karman-ghia – which was a BUG with a nice body, but otherwise unchanged – for any young readers here): Buick Riviera Chevy Camaro Kia Amante Cadillac ELR (I’m including the ELR since it didn’t cost me a cent – as a matter of fact, they effectively gave me $7500 to take it!). Anyway, the emphasis here by Daimler seems to be wrong – there are not going to be any 350 kw fast chargers installed in my area, since there aren’t any 50 kw ones even installed yet in the States within 200 miles of here (nearest one is in Ithaca) – other than Tesla’s proprietary SC’s. And as was mentioned, the battery for this surely expensive car is puny. Daimler seems to be doing this “Aura of Greeness” thing that VW is doing – releasing plenty of ‘experimental’ cars but doing no mass production. Tesla, Nissan, and GM are to be congratulated for at least making widely available, practical EV’s that can be driven somewhere. VW I discount since more and more of their engines are… Read more »

Back in the gilded age,yachts were designated by their length in meters. How appropriate.

I hate big cars but that is awsome…
To me most concept cars are way better than the boring appliance cars that offend no one and make it to production…

Would not want to try to park that thing. (Does it come with a harbor pilot?)

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No, but it does come with a couple of Toyotas to tow it into port!?

So, the only thing it can do better than a production Model S85D is charge faster? And keep your wine chilled? Gee-whiz, sign me up…not!

Still, I agree with Yoda above…Concept cars – cool, they are!

If you’re gonna go retro, go all the way and slap a 1928 SSK Body on

Holy blind spots Batman!

Look at the size of that frunk!

Damnit! They stole the Green Hornet’s new ride and painted it red! Bastards!?

Looks like she’s got a lot of ‘junk in the frunk’!?

technoid!… it really is sensually pure, muscularly bulging greenhouse…. yodayoda.. its a bit late for April 1st