Mercedes-Benz has established a new tradition for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, unveiling its second Mercedes-Maybach concept on the Monterey Peninsula with the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet.
The 6 Cabriolet follows last year’s Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe, and, like last year's concept, this latest dramatic design exercise has been built to showcase how the prestige automaker’s mega-luxury division intends to lure buyers from brands like Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
More than just an imposing expanse of elegantly-shaped sheet metal, the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet also houses an equally indulgent two seater interior. Perhaps most surprising of all is the powertrain, which doesn’t feature the 12-cylinder engine you might expect, with an electric motor at each wheel proving the grand drop-top’s motive force.
The new concept seemingly doesn’t know the meaning of the word subtle, with a 5700mm length, and monstrous 2100mm width the new Maybach concept is a considerable 671mm longer, 201mm wider than a regular S-Class Cabriolet, but at only 1340mm tall is a svelte 71mm lower than its production cousin.
With a long and lean look that harks back to the grand touring style of luxury cars from the early 1900s, the Maybach 6 Cabriolet features almost comical cab-rearward proportions behind a massive expanse of butterfly-hinged bonnet. Striking oversized 24-inch centre lock wheels and an extended boat tail style rear only serve to exaggerate the proportions even further.
The hedonistic experience isn’t just limited to the exterior either, with quilted Nappa leather lining the interior, a dash filled with touch sensitive controls, and digital displays featuring traditional analogue needles. The folding top also gets a unique finish, thanks to gold threads woven into the white fabric.
Although the 6 concept itself isn’t slated for production, the styling exercise points to the upmarket touches that will grace future Maybach branded variants of existing Mercedes-Benz models to help give them a clearer differentiation from the ‘regular’ models they are based upon.
“The Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the embodiment of our design strategy,” Mercedes-Benz head of design, Gorden Wagener, said.
“Breathtaking proportions combined with a luxurious haute couture interior help to create the ultimate experience.”
Packed into the sweeping future-forward lines is an equally future-ready drivetrain, with a four compact electric motors producing a combined 550kW output, taking its inspiration from the similar system used in the earlier Mercedes-AMG SLS E-Drive.
With a motor at each wheel, the all-wheel drive 6 Cabriolet is capable of a simulated 4.0 second 0-100 km/h sprint with its top speed limited to 205 km/h. The lithium-ion battery array mounted under the floor is claimed to be sufficient for up to 500km on the existing European test cycle.
The Mercedes-Maybach concept also packs in fast-charging capabilities perfect for a grand tourer, with up to 100km of range replenished in just five minutes of charging meaning a quick caffe latte stop along the Côte d'Azur could replenish enough charge to get you from Monaco from Marseille.