The first Maybach convertible in almost 80 years!

Revived for the second time in 2014, this time around as Mercedes-Maybach, Stuttgart’s super premium firm is on a roll, now offering no fewer than five different models. There are the S500 and S600 sedans, the longer S600 Pullman, the G650 Landaulet SUV, and the S650 Cabriolet. Maybach is also doing well as far as concept cars go, with the stunning Vision 6 getting everyone excited about a big luxury coupe we might see in showrooms in a few years. Now, Mercedes-Maybach turned the Vision 6 into a convertible, signaling that this concept is moving closer to becoming a production model.

Unveiled at the 2017 Monterey Car Week, the Vision 6 Cabriolet was previewed by a coupe of teasers that made everyone think of something entirely different. While most speculated that Mercedes is launching a brand-new concept, it turned out that Maybach simply chopped the roof off the Vision 6. But while it may sound a bit disappointing, it’s proof that the Germans have big plans for the Vision 6. This could also mean that Maybach may get a standalone model that’s larger and more luxurious than theS-Class Coupe. Just like in the good old days when Maybach was an independent firm and competed against the likes of Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, and Duesenberg. But, until that happens, let’s see what the Vision 6 Cabriolet brings to the table.

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

Official video

Exterior

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Just like the name suggests, this concept car is the first Vision 6 without a roof.

Just like the name suggests, this concept car is the first Vision 6 without a roof. Mercedes didn’t bother to change too many details for the convertible version, but it’s not something I can complain about. The Vision 6 is darn sexy design-wise and it’s six-meter-long, sleek bodywork brilliantly with the convertible layout. All told, we’re looking at the same design features, including the long, arched engine hood, a rear section that blends both fastback and boat-tail designs, and extremely long doors.

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The front end is dominated by the big chrome grille with vertical slats and "Maybach" lettering at the top. The very slim headlamps with three individual LED elements are identical to the coupe, as is the sporty bumper with aggressive side vents.

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The rear is also identical to the coupe, but the boat-tail, V-shaped decklid works great with the drop-top configuration.

Moving onto the sides, we can see the same chrome strips that run along the beltline, a feature that’s reminiscent of the pre-World War II era. More chrome can be found in the side strake and the side skirts, further highlight Maybach’s pre-War roots. Here where we can see the only detail that Maybach changed below the beltline. Whereas the coupe has strange, red-painted covers over the wheels, the cabriolet sports a more conventional design with multiple chrome spokes. This could be a throwback to the pre-War wire-wheel designs, but the rims look as modern as they get.

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The rear is also identical to the coupe, and as I said, the boat-tail, V-shaped decklid works great with the drop-top configuration. This design was very popular back in the 1930s, being used by a large number of luxury automakers, including Cadillac, Duesenberg, and Auburn. But as much as I like it, I have strong doubts that we’ll ever see a production model with a boat-tail rear end. Unless Maybach wants to go wild and produce something unique, the production version will probably have a more conventional rear fascia.

Interior

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While the exterior of the Vision 6 Cabriolet is identical to the coupe save for the wheels and the roof, the cabin boasts several modifications.

While the exterior of the Vision 6 Cabriolet is identical to the coupe save for the wheels and the roof, the cabin boasts several modifications. For instance, the transparent, floating section of the center console that showcases the drivetrain’s electrical energy flow is shorter in this car. This is due to the revised dashboard, which covers some of that area just under what seem to be three A/C vents. These vents are also unique to this car, as they are nowhere to be found in the coupe.

The dashboard is also significantly different. While it stil has the massive, wrap-around display that extends into the door panels and then behind the seats, the center section is thinner and looks less futuristic. To be honest, I like this layout more, as it gives the car a more elegant look. The steering wheel appears to be same save for the chrome rim, while the instrument dials look like airplate turbines when not in use.

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The floor looks more like that of a luxury yacht, with wooden boards separated by aluminum trim.

The floor has also been redesigned. While the coupe had a simple layout that blended in with the lower dashboard, the cabriolet looks more like a luxury yacht, with wooden boards separated by aluminum trim. Pretty fancy. Naturally, the convertible layout also brings a new decklid, which in this case is wrapped in the same material as the door panels. The white upholstery and the blue ambient lighting and detailing provide a striking contrast.

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Speaking of materials, Maybach used quilted Nappa leather made with a special luxury technique, open-pore wood, and aluminum. When it comes to technology, it has touch-only controls and intelligent navigation linked to an appointment calendar, as well as "the latest generation of biometric sensors record the state of mind and health status of the passengers.

Drivetrain

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The drivetrain is all-electric, combining four permanent magnet synchronous electric motors and a flat battery in the underbody.

Not surprisingly, the Vision 6 Cabriolet uses the same drivetrain as the coupe. The drivetrain is all electric, combining four permanent magnet synchronous electric motors and a flat battery in the underbody.

Output is rated at a whopping 550 kW (737 horsepower / 750 PS), travels to all four wheels, and enables the convertible to hit 62 mph from a standing starts in "under four seconds." Top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph, the norm for performance German cars. Mercedes claims that the Vision 6 Cabriolet is able to cover "over 200 miles" on a single charge on the EPA cycle and more than 500 km on the European NEDC cycle. That’s comparable to what Tesla offers nowadays.

The concept car also features a quick-charge function that Mercedes-Benz describes as "visionary".

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. This means that 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.

Sounds good, but only as long as it makes it into production in the company’s upcoming models.

Conclusion

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As I said in the beginning, it’s a bit surprising that this new concept is actually the first Vision 6 without a top, but this could mean many things. And the most important is that Maybach is likely planning to launch a couple of flagship two-door vehicles very soon. With the brand already offering its own take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, a larger, fancier grand tourer is the next logical step. Sure, there’s a chance that the Vision 6 will remain just a study, but it doesn’t make much sense to showcase two body styles and then throw them in a museum. Much like the coupe, this convertible is also some kind of milestone for Maybach, being its first convertible in a very, very long time (that’s not based on a Mercedes, of course). Specifically, the last drop-top Maybach was the SW42, which was launched in 1939, so we’re talking about a whopping 78 years as of 2017.

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References

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Read our full review on the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6.

Press release

At this year’s gathering of the most magnificent classic cars at Pebble Beach in California, Mercedes-Benz is once again set to present a highlight: the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a car which, with its sensual, emotionally appealing design and innovative technical concept solutions, defines the ultimate in luxury of the future. At the same time the two-seater model pays homage to the glorious "automotive haute couture" of hand-finished, exclusive cabriolets.The glamorous cabriolet reinterprets classic, emotional design principles in an extravagant way and combines intelligent beauty with classic, aesthetic proportions and a reduced, technoid appearance – a perfect embodiment of the design philosophy of Sensual Purity.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet 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 elegant cabriolet is set to make its debut at the Monterey Car Week, which will take place on the Monterey Peninsula in California between 15 and 20 August 2017. The final event will be the traditional Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which this year takes place on 20 August.

"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. Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious "haute couture" interior help to create the ultimate experience," explains Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG.

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Exterior: powerful structural elements with sharp feature line

Measuring almost six metres in length, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet incorporates the classic proportions of art deco design with its extremely long bonnet and puristic, flowing lines, and at the same time completely reinterprets these aesthetic principles. The curved basic body boasts a sporty, stretched design which is characterised by powerful structural elements in conjunction with the sharp feature line. This side feature line defines the upper vehicle body, from the radiator grille across the entire length of the vehicle through to the rear.

The strong contrast between the dark blue paintwork in "nautical blue metallic" and the chrome highlights increases the fascinating relationship between the clearly defined areas with organically shaped wings and the chrome trim elements, which sit at the top on the edge of the wing as well as in the middle on the boot lid, where they also incorporate the vertical brake lights. This benefits the interpretation of the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille, which 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 newly designed 24-inch light-alloy wheels feature a centre lock. This is painted in rose gold and as such reflects the colour shade used on all electric vehicle studies from Mercedes-Benz.

The extended, round "boat tail" format of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet’s rear recalls a luxury yacht, and narrow tail lights which emphasise the width of the vehicle are integrated in its outer edges. Further distinctive features at the rear include the diffuser with aluminium frame and the air outlets behind the wheel arches.

The transition between the vehicle rear, the area of the boot lid and the interior boasts a flowing design. Crystal white high-quality nappa leather creates an exciting contrast to the dark paint finish. The custom-made fabric top with interwoven rose gold threads has been perfectly coordinated with the look of the vehicle.

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Interior: 360° open-air luxury lounge

With the luxurious interior of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, Mercedes-Benz demonstrates a new synthesis of intelligence and emotion. At the same time, the designers have combined the unique tradition of the brand with a hitherto unknown high-tech experience.

The generous, flowing design idiom brings exterior and interior together in a holistic design. The formal flow of the areas from the rear into the interior gives rise to a typical yacht feeling. A light wing flows in a curve across the door trim and the centre tunnel into the seat landscape, creating a 360° open-air luxury lounge.

The new "inside out" spatial design adds a particularly special feature. The sitting surface forms a horizontal plane, transitions into the vertical plane 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. Here, too, the interplay of the contrasts is both hot and cool. The brand’s hallmark authentic materials and colours are used, such as rose gold on the trim elements, or the surfaces which come into contact with the skin, featuring a lavish, quilted crystal white nappa leather finish. In this luxury technique, familiar among other things from Chesterfield furniture, the leather is put into folds in a diamond pattern and secured to the frame with buttons. In the case of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet, this traditional seat upholstery boasts a futuristic interpretation: each individual button of the quilting depicts a delicate Mercedes star, backlit in blue. The open-pore wood floor with inlaid aluminium underscores the lounge sensation and the connection to yachting.

Above the 360° luxury lounge, the display strip links doors, dashboard and the rear area. All display elements are integrated into the continuous glass trim part. By way of contrast, classic round dials, such as the instrument cluster, are positioned prominently. The combination of digital displays with real needles is also totally on trend. By using "hyperanalogue" elements, the designers are responding to the need of people to experience analogue luxury in what is an increasingly digital world. As a classic borrowing from aviation, three air vents are positioned beneath the wing which appear to float like engines.

Another highlight comes courtesy of the floating, transparent centre tunnel, which visualises the drive system’s electrical energy flow for the passengers by means of blue fibre optics.

The main driving functions as well as information relevant to the location (e.g. restaurant recommendations or information on points of interest) are shown on the windscreen via two head-up displays.

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User experience: intuitive communication

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is designed to anticipate the needs of its passengers and to provide the required information and solutions in real time. The user experience also combines ultimate luxury with intelligence. In addition to the touch-only control and intelligent navigation linked to the appointment calendar, another example is the Concierge function, it is possible to talk to the concierge like talking to a friend, i.e. freely, without using predefined voice commands. This enables full concentration of the tasks of driving.

The latest generation of biometric sensors record the state of mind and health status of the passengers.

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

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 flat battery sits in the underbody. The drive system has an output of 550 kW (750 hp). This not only allows performance characteristics typical of a sports car (acceleration from 0‑100 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 quick-charge function is also visionary: as a result of DC charging based on the CCS standard, the system allows a 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.

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

With its generous dimensions, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (length/width/height: 5700/2100/1340 mm) continues the series of visionary design show cars from Mercedes-Benz. So far these include the Vision EnerG‑Force (Los Angeles, November 2012), AMG Vision Gran Turismo (Sunnyvale, 2013), Vision Tokyo (Tokyo 2015) and Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé (Pebble Beach 2016). 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 includes customers who place value on exquisite luxury, perfect workmanship and exceptional appointments. The latest vehicles include models launched in July 2017, namely the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 4MATIC, (fuel consumption combined: 9.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 209 g/km) and the S 650 (fuel consumption combined: 12.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 289 g/km), which blends the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S‑Class with the exclusivity of Maybach.

Limited to 300 examples, the Mercedes-Maybach S‑Class Cabriolet (fuel consumption combined: 12.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 272 g/km) is the first open-top Maybach for decades and a homage to open-top automotive refinement.

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