The first Maybach two-door coupe since the Exelero

The 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was packed with numerous new products from various automakers, mostly in concept form. Among them is Mercedes-Benz, which showcased a brand-new concept car wearing the "Maybach" badge. It goes by the name Vision 6 and it’s the wildest vehicle to feature the Maybach name in the modern era. Not only spectacular on the outside, the German coupe sports the latest technology Mercedes-Benz has to brag about. It’s also pretty massive for a two-door coupe. And by "massive" we mean it’s nearly six meters (18.5 feet) long, or about as long as the extended wheelbase version of the Rolls-Royce Phantom. For reference, the Mercedes-Maybach S500/S600 is "only" 5.5 meters (18 feet).

In many ways, including size, the Vision 6 is a spiritual successor to the Maybach Exelero one-off that the German brand built for Fulda tires back in 2004. As you’d expect from a Mercedes-badged concept car, the Vision 6 features a massive amount of new technology to go with the wild design, as well as a fuel-efficient drivetrain built around at least one electric motor. Don’t get your hopes up for a production version, but a two-door Maybach based on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe isn’t out of the question.

Updated 08/22/2016: We added a series of images taken during the concept’s official debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Check them out in the picture gallery.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6.

Exterior

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The fact that the vehicle is nearly six meters long (18.5 feet) long is evident from the profile view, which shows an arched engine hood that’s nearly as long as the roof. The latter has a fastback-like rear section which seems to give the vehicle a classic "boat-tail" style appearance, especially due to the way the rear fenders are arched toward the bumper and the almost V-shaped rear fascia. While the red-painted wheels and the front fender grille are massive, the roof sits very low and gives the coupe a sleek stance. There are thin cameras instead of the traditional side mirrors.

Moving over to the car’s front end, the Mercedes badge on the hood and the "Maybach" script on the grille are the only features this concept has in common with modern Benz products. The grille, for instance, is a massive waterfall-style element in polished chrome. Granted, we’ve seen a similar style on previous Maybach sedans, but it also appears to be some sort of tribute to vehicles the company built in the 1930s. Mercedes says the grille was inspired by a pinstriped suit. The chrome strips that run on each side of the hood are also reminiscent of the pre-World War II era, but the links to vintage Maybach models stop here. The headlamps, on the other hand, are extremely thin strips of LEDs, a feature we have yet to see on any other Mercedes-Benz. Down below, there’s a big chrome piece for a splitter, two big intakes just below the grille, and two additional, smaller outlets toward the sides of the bumper.

Needless to say, as far as exterior details go, the Vision 6 is as conceptual as they get

Around back, the styling is equally simple and equally styling. The LED treatment has been applied here too, with thin taillights stretching across the entire fascia. The red light bar is mirrored by a chrome strip in the bumper, which also has small intakes similar to those seen up front. The two chrome strips that begin on the front hood run across the coupe’s beltline and nearly into the taillights, emphasizing the car’s neo-retro styling. A center fin descends from the roof toward the rear Mercedes emblem, splitting the rear window in two for yet another feature inspired by the 1930s and its glorious Art Deco era. The concept is rounded off by a pair of massive, gullwing doors, another first for a Maybach, and a set of massive, 24-inch wheels. These are a development of the aero rim from the Concept IAA (Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile) and feature a body-colored, transparent shield that provides a view of the aluminum spokes behind it.

Needless to say, as far as exterior details go, the Vision 6 is as conceptual as they get.

Interior

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Not surprisingly, especially given recent Mercedes-Benz concepts, the Vision 6 sports a futuristic cockpit. The cabin emphasizes on the comfort that comes with the Maybach badge and pairs it with state-of-the-art technology that, at some point, will make it into production models.

The massive driver and passenger seats seems comfortable, while legroom is more than generous. The whole cabin is an array of displays and touchscreens, including the door panels, the windshield, and the dashboard. The dash itself has a very intriguing design. There’s a wrap-around background display that runs into the door panels and gives all sorts of information.

The floating, transparent center tunnel showcases the drive system’s electrical energy flow

The more traditional dashboard unit is thinner than usual and houses two digital gauges behind the steering wheel. These are combined with deep displays and act as a reference to the unique history of Mercedes-Benz. Its center section is illuminated in blue, just like the background screen and instrument cluster, and also runs into the door panels, blending in with the upper screen layer at some point.

The windshield also acts as a massive display, giving the driver vital information about the car’s performance, as well as a detailed navigation map. This information can be controlled and adjusted by the occupants using gestures.

Much like the seats, the floor is rather simple, while the center tunnel and the steering column are transparent. The floating, transparent center tunnel showcases the drive system’s electrical energy flow. Not surprisingly, the concept features autonomous drive.

Moving over to materials, the cabin is wrapped in high-quality with a Chesterfield look for the seating surfaces and Rose Gold for accents. The door panels and dashboard feature authentic wood trim, while the floor area is finished in elm, the palest open-pore wood which Mercedes-Benz is currently working on for use in production models. In the front luggage area of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is a set of two suitcases, exclusively created for the vehicle. Fancy!

Drivetrain

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We wouldn’t blame you for thinking "boy, that sleek, long body deserves a massive V-12 with enough horsepower to put the Ferrari F12berlinetta to shame," but the Mercedes-Maybach 6 is being kept away from gasoline power. The drivetrain is all electric, using four motors, a flat battery in the floor, and all-wheel-drive.

Output is rated at a whooping 550 kW (737 horsepower / 750 PS), which is enough to push the concept car from 0 to 60 mph in "less than four seconds." Top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph, which puts it on par with other high-performance Mercedes-Benz models. Not just incredibly powerful, the concept also boasts a range comparable to the Tesla Model S. The massive coupe is able to cover "over 200 miles" miles on a single charge, a figure that has already been confirmed by the EPA, according to the manufacturer. On the European NEDC cycle, it’s rated at more than 500 km.

The concept car also features a quick-charge function that Mercedes-Benz describes as visionary. Specifically, 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 62 miles. The battery can either be charged via a cable connection at a public charging station or a conventional domestic outlet. Also, it can be charged wirelessly via an electromagnetic field. Hopefully this drivetrain will make it into a production car pretty soon.

Conclusion

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Needless to say, the Maybach Vision 6 is spectacular concept car in just about any department. A tribute to the massive coupes of the pre-WWII era, the Vision 6 also showcases a lot of state-of-the-art technology, as well as previews some of the gadgets that will go into future Mercedes-Benz production cars. Speaking of production, the Vision 6 will most likely remain a concept, but something similar could hit the streets in a few years.

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Updated History

Updated 08/17/2016: With just one day before its official debut at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Eleganc, Mercedes dropped a new teaser video for its upcoming Vision 6 concept car. While the video reveals pretty much nothing on the car, it shows one thing: the concept comes with gullwing doors. Also, a first series of photos leaked online giving us the very first look on the concept.

Press Release

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 coupe. The 2+2-seater pays homage to the glorious age of the aero coupes and consciously carries this tradition forward into the future. The coupe reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extreme way, following the Mercedes design philosophy of sensual purity.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, which measures over 18.5-feet (nearly six meters) in length, is designed as an electric car. The drive system has an output of 738 SAE hp (550 kW or 750 European hp). The shallow underfloor battery allows a range of over 200 miles according to EPA (over 500 kilometers according to the NEDC.)

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

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 - an extremely long hood, low roof line and rearward positioning of the greenhouse - recall the aero coupes 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 breaks away very late at the tail end of the vehicle. Then there is the surprisingly technoid character of the narrow lights, partially transparent rims and split rear window.

"Our sensational coupe, 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 fenders 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 center of the hood and trunk lid.

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 color provides a view of the aluminum 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 aluminum trim. The exterior mirrors designed as cameras are supported on the fenders.

The extended, round "boat tail" format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6’s rear recalls a luxury yacht, and narrow tail lamps which emphasize 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 aluminum frame and the air outlets behind the wheel arches.

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 colors such as rose gold are used to create luxurious accents. The interior, with its high-quality leather trim, has a cool color 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.

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 digitization comes a simultaneous need for sustainable analogue solutions, the design of which has been emphasized 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 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 color 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 center tunnel, which visualizes the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the occupants.

Emission-free driving: electric drive system generating 738 hp (550 kW)

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, which is currently in series development, is 738 hp (550 kW or 750 European 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 0-62 mph in less than four seconds, top speed electronically governed at 155 mph (250 km/h) but also a range of over 200 miles according to EPA (over 500 kilometers according to the NEDC).

Vision: add an extra 62 miles (100 kilometers) 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 62 miles (100 kilometers).
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 wow effect: visionary show cars with long-term prospects

With its impressive dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 (length/width/height: 224.4/82.7/52.3 inches; 5700/2100/1328 millimeters) is the first luxury coupe 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

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 S600 model (launched in spring 2015 in the US), and the Mercedes-Maybach S550 4MATIC (launches in fall 2016 in the US), which blend the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. A special protection version, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard (not available in North America), 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 S600 Pullman (not available in North America) with face-to-face seating. Launched at the beginning of 2016 in Europe and other markets, it adopted the mantle of absolute top-of-the-line model.

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