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Monumental Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet arrives at Pebble Beach

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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The interior of the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
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The interior of the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
The interior of the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
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The interior of the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
The 2017 Maybach 6 concept featured an extended, round "boat tail" rear treatment reminiscent of a luxury yacht
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The 2017 Maybach 6 concept featured an extended, round "boat tail" rear treatment reminiscent of a luxury yacht
Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors
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Thanks to its four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is the droptop version of  the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016.
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 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).
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 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).
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.
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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.
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (at right) and the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016 (at left)
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The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet (at right) and the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016 (at left)
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
A 1938 Maybach SW38 Disappearing Top Roadster by Spohn.
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A 1938 Maybach SW38 Disappearing Top Roadster by Spohn.
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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.
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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.
The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept featured an extended, round "boat tail" rear treatment reminiscent of a luxury yacht
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The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept featured an extended, round "boat tail" rear treatment reminiscent of a luxury yacht
The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept 
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The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept 
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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.
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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.
The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept  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). 
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The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept  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 interior of the 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept
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The interior of the 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept
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Last year's The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept featured hallmark Mercedes-Benz "gullwing" doors
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Last year's The 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupe concept featured hallmark Mercedes-Benz "gullwing" doors
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 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).
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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 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).

In many ways, the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is a continuation concept, taking the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé presented at Pebble Beach in 2016 and removing the top. It is the same 750 hp electric car as last year, with fearsome acceleration and a range of 500 kilometers (311 mi) but visually, the car achieves so much more. The end result was on show yesterday at Pebble Beach 2017, and as can be seen, it is far grander than most roadsters could hope for.

The hallowed Maybach marque was at its most resplendent during the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s, using architectural proportions to sculpt some of history's most imposing automobiles.

The difference between seeing one of these cars in a picture and in the flesh is stark, and the key to the illusion is scale. In the image, everything looks in proportion but when you stand beside it, it is so large that it intimidates any scene. As can be seen from the debut of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet below, it is an enormous vehicle.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet still incorporates the opulence and elegant lines of last year's Coupe concept, but it is the immense size and that glowing interior that transforms the car from an elegant behemoth to a floating 360° open-air luxury lounge.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey
The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is presented in Monterey

Maybach: Prestige marque returning from exile

The Maybach name might not be recognizable to many of the people who will oggle this concept car, but it is one of supreme gravitas in the world of automobiles and invariably when it is invoked in a concept car, it is a concept worthy of the name.

Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler collaborated to develop the first viable internal combustion engine and Maybach was one of the most influential automotive engineers in history, having designed the world's first sportscar during his stint as technical director of DMG (Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft), the company that would eventually become Mercedes-Benz.

The glorious Maybach marque was resurrected by Mercedes-Benz in 2002 but after disappointing sales, the entire marque was put back on the shelf and has since been reprised once more as a sub brand of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, positioned as a luxury brand in the same way as Mercedes AMG sports brand.

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.
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.

Last year's Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Coupé was the first Mercedes-Maybach concept car. This year's Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet was the second and, we hope, not the last.

2 comments
owlbeyou
Das boot! The body's too big, the interior is over the top and the wheels are too busy, but Maybachs will always be cars that make a big statement, whatever that is, for people who need to flash their success. While reading the article, I clicked the link to the first sports cars, and having read through it, and coming back here, I experienced a future shock. Those first racers were the ultimate statement of modern chariots, in an age where so many exciting breakthroughs were transforming life like never before, from electricity, film, phonographs, telephones, radio, and so much more. And now we've come full circle to this.
Altairtech
It lloks stunning except for that ridiculous gigantic grille at the front. As if two different designers had been tasked to design their own end of the car.