Mercedes unveils Maybach concept that harks back to classic aero coupes
MONTEREY, California -- Mercedes-Benz revealed a Maybach gullwing 2+2 concept that is heavily influenced by the "aero coupes" of yesteryear but with a modern electric motor and high-tech interior.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 was created "to represent the ultimate in luxury," Mercedes said in a statement.
A striking feature is its very long hood. "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," the company said.
The concept was unveiled at Monterey Car Week on Thursday.
Mercedes sees the design more as reinterpretation of a classic rather as a retro throwback. "The Vision Mercedes Maybach 6 represents the ultimate in contemporary luxury," said Gorden Wagener, head of design at Daimler. "It is hot and cool."
The cool part is embodied by the technoid character of its narrow headlights, partially transparent rims and split rear window, the company said.
The rear view of the car, however, does look distinctively retro with a tiny window slat on each side and sharply sloping rear end. Mercedes said the extended round "boat tail" is meant to conjure a luxury yacht.
Other design elements include gull-wing doors, a grinning, slatted front grill that Mercedes said was inspired by a pinstripe suit and a high-tech cabin.
The interior is minimalistic in the extreme with door padding swooping into the front seats and across the center console for an integrated look. The entire front part of the cabin looks like a semi-circular pod with a head-up display across the windshield.
The all-wheel drive coupe is designed to hold a shallow underfloor battery powering four compact electric motors. The output of the drive system is 750 hp (550 kW) for a range of over 500 km according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA), Mercedes said.
The car would accelerate from 0 to 100 kph (62mph) in under 4 seconds in the company’s current vision for the concept, which for now is just a design exercise.
In Mercedes parlance, Vision stands for concept car and the 6 stands for the car’s length in meters.