21 Aug The Unveiling of Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6
The Pebble Beach Concours is the car event for classic cars, as well as high end and ultra luxurious rides, and Monterey Car Week has proven to be a huge event for car enthusiasts from around the world. In recent years manufactures have taken notice and started unveiling new high end and exclusive models at this show. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 was revealed to the public this weekend after several tease images recently took the Internet by storm. The car is being dubbed a luxury coupe with a 2+2 seating arrangement. The looks are paying homage to the age of aero coupes, many of which are on display at Pebble Beach this weekend.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 measures six meters long (hence the name), or 19.6 feet. My first reaction was that this is a crazy length for a car – especially a two door coupe! The car’s statistics get even crazier. It’s designed as an electric car with an output of 750 hp and a range of just over 200 miles per charge.
Gordon Wagener, the Head of Design for Daimler AG, had this to say about the Mercedes-Maybach 6:
“Our glamorous coupé, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury. It is hot and cool…With its intelligent appeal and reduced, technoid look, it perfectly embodies our design philosophy of sensual purity and our pursuit of aerodynamic efficiency.”
Here are a few of the design highlights, as described by the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 team:
“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.
“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.
“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.”
No doubt about it, the car is stunning. As with other Vision cars from Mercedes, it shows what will soon be possible with technology and where design language for other Mercedes-Maybach projects may be heading. This particular car may never be built but elements from it will surely find their way into other models. Of all the Vision cars unveiled over the past decade or so, I think this one is by far the best looking and should be seriously considered for production.
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