It’s All Happening in Monterey
18th August 2017
Last week, Mercedes-Maybach launched its new concept vehicle, the Vision 6 Cabriolet, at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in California. This all-electric concept car is a luxury convertible with the equivalent of 750 horsepower and can go more than 320 km (200 miles) on a single charge.
The new Vision 6 Cabriolet is a follow-up to last year’s Vision 6 Coupe reported here on AlphaLuxe [CLICK to Read].
Both models have a boat tail end and are almost 6 meters (20 feet) long with swooshy yacht-like lines.
“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,” explained Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Daimler AG.
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 luxury bit is all about recalling glorious automotive haute couture of hand-finished, exclusive cabriolets. The classic proportions of art deco design with its extremely long bonnet and purist flowing lines, captures the old spirit and at the same time reinterprets those aesthetic principles.
Like a yacht, the strong contrast between the dark blue paintwork in “nautical blue metallic” and the chrome highlights the organic shapes. Particularly prominent is the Mercedes-Maybach radiator grille; the fine, vertical struts were inspired by a pinstriped suit and the whole affair accentuates the front end.
Crystal white, luxurious nappa leather creates an exciting contrast to the dark paint. The custom-made fabric top with interwoven rose gold threads is perfectly coordinated with the ambience of the vehicle.
360° Open-air Luxury Lounge
The generous, flowing design brings exterior and interior together in a holistic design for that typical yacht feeling. Inside, the blue door trim curves into the dashboard ‘wing’ and the centre tunnel flowing into the seats, create a 360° open-air luxury lounge.
Above the 360° luxury lounge, the blue display strip links doors, dashboard and the rear area. All display elements are integrated into the continuous glass trim. The classic round dials are positioned prominently to remind us of the Jetsons’ flying car. As a classic adaptation from aviation, three air vents are positioned beneath the dashboard wing and appear to float like engines.
The leather upholstery follows classic Maybach rules: authentic materials and colours are used, such as rose gold on the trim elements, or the surfaces, which come into contact with the skin, feature a lavish, quilted crystal white nappa leather finish. Like the finest furniture, the leather is gathered in a diamond pattern and secured to the frame with buttons.
Traditional Upholstery and Futuristic Interpretation
For the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet, traditional seat upholstery boasts a futuristic interpretation: each individual button of the quilting depicts a Mercedes star, backlit in blue.
The open-pore wood floor with inlaid aluminium reinforces the lounge ambience and the connection to yachting.
Finally, everybody askes about the floating, transparent centre tunnel, which depicts the drive system’s electrical energy flow with blue fibre-optics.
A bit ‘Hollywoodesque’ but probably acceptable for a concept car in California
VIDEO Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet
You can’t actually buy one yet but the concept is proven and certainly brings an uber-luxury challenge to the likes of the Common or Garden variety of Tesla electric vehicle.
I’d give it a chance….
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).