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22 August 2017

750 HP All-Electric ‘Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6’ Cabriolet Drops Jaws At Pebble Beach


750 HP All-Electric ‘Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6’ Cabriolet Drops Jaws At Pebble Beach

The 750-horsepower Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet on display at the 2017 Monterey Car Week is another ultimate electric car showing what the German automaker can do.

As a convertible version of a concept shown last year, the all-wheel-drive drop-top oozes with style while four permanent magnet electric motors promise 0-60 mph in the four second range and an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.

Mercedes-Maybach says the teeth-achingly beautiful roadster has a range of over 200 miles on a single charge when measured on the notoriously generous New European Driving Cycle.

The company is using the concept as a test bed for electric technology which may show up in production vehicles. For example, its very fast DC charging based on the CCS standard is said to add nearly 60 miles of range in just five minutes.

Proving the future of the electric automobile need not be mired in beige cars shaped like a cough drop lozenge, the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet has style – a lot of it.

“The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury into the realms of the ultimate in luxury, and is the perfect embodiment of our design strategy,” said Gorden Wagener, chief design officer of Daimler AG. “Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious haute couture interior help to create the ultimate experience.”

Measuring nearly 19 feet in length, the body boasts a sporty, stretched design characterized by powerful structural elements in conjunction with a sharp feature line running the length of the car.

An extended, round “boat tail” recalls a luxury yacht, while narrow tail lights integrated in its outer edge emphasize the vehicle’s width, already sitting at an immense seven feet. Further distinctive features at the rear include a diffuser with an aluminum frame and air outlets behind the wheel arches.

Newly designed 24-inch light-alloy wheels feature a center lock. Don’t expect them to make production but their rose gold hue reflects the color shade to be used on all future electric vehicle studies from Mercedes-Benz.

The cabin boasts touch-only controls and an intelligent navigation linked to an appointment calendar. Also on board is the latest generation of biometric sensors that record the state of mind and health status of the passengers, so don’t go thinking ill off the Vision 6’s driver if you’re riding shotgun.

No plans for production were announced but this fabulous all-electric machine makes it clear that zero-emissions and jaw-dropping design needn’t be mutually exclusive.

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