The Longest Coupè in the World: Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept

With its sensual, emotional design and intelligent details, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 represents the ultimate in luxury

The large coupé Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept made its debut at Monterey Car Week, which took place on the Monterey Peninsula between 16 and 21 August 2016. With its impressive dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is the first luxury coupé in the series of visionary design show cars from Mercedes-Benz.

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-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity.

Ultimate in luxury

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Vision Mercedes Benz Maybach at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance via facebook.com

Named for its 6-meter length, the Mercedes-Maybach 6 is totally electric, with a massive battery pack located along the bottom of the car. The classic aesthetic proportions of the  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.

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.

The design of Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6

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.

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Luxury pinstripes on Vision’s grille via facebook.com

The grille on the front is made to look like the pinstripes on a suit; the 24-inch rims, dual rear window, narrow side “mirrors” and spine-like divide along the back make the car extremely distinctive.

Mercedes executives said it is meant to evoke emotion and intelligence, hot passion and cool rationality.

The key was to combine them.

There is also a striking contrast between the Maybach red paintwork and the chrome strips which sit above the wheel arches and in the center of the bonnet and boot lid.

The extended, round “boat tail” format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6’s rear recalls a luxury yacht.

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The luxury tail via facebook.com

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.

Overall, the car’s long nose and short deck are reminiscent of the Mercedes-AMG GT, and the long, tapering tail and lights are similar to that of the Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo concept from a few years ago.

Power and luxury

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.

Mercedes says that will be enough to get the car to 62 mph from a standstill in under 4 seconds. The motors are backed by an 80 kWh battery that the company says can propel the car up to 200 miles. Perhaps more interesting than its range is the fact that the Mercedes-Maybach 6 can pick up a charge worth 62 miles in just 5 minutes, assuming you’ve got the right charger.

It’s hard to say what the production odds are for this mega concept, but Mercedes executives wouldn’t comment on if, or when, they might produce the Mercedes-Maybach 6, but they certainly picked the right time to introduce such a statuesque car.

So perhaps someone with enough money and desire can convince Mercedes, there could be a road-legal version of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept.

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