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Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet unveiled at Pebble Beach

By swapping its predecessor's fixed-roof for a soft-top, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet has become an open-air marvel.
Justin Hilliard
GoAutoMedia

21 Aug 2017 • 6 min read

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet has broken cover at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, with the two-seat drop-top adopting nearly all of its design cues from the coupe concept revealed at last year's event.

By adding a folding fabric roof alongside other smaller changes, Mercedes-Maybach has attempted to further refine the show car ahead of an expected production run in the coming years.

Aside from the custom-made white top with interwoven gold threads, the Cabriolet has traded in its coupe sibling's red paintwork for a dark 'nautical blue' metallic hue.

One of the Cabriolet's unique traits is a feature line that runs the entire length of the vehicle. One of the Cabriolet's unique traits is a feature line that runs the entire length of the vehicle.

Furthermore, 24-inch alloy wheels with a new multi-spoke design and a rose gold-painted centre lock replace last year's wild-looking seven-spoke red rims.

Inside, changes are less drastic, apart from the more extensive use of 'crystal white' nappa leather around the bootlid area flowing through the door trim towards the dashboard, which was all previously black.

Despite retaining the length (5700mm) and width (2100mm) of its forbear, the Cabriolet is 12mm taller with its 1340mm height, likely due to the soft-top changeover.

Other than that, the Cabriolet is a familiar proposition with its sharp feature line that runs the length of the vehicle, from the long, stretched bonnet through to the yacht-inspired rear's bootlid.

The interior is a technological tour de force with its floating, transparent centre tunnel, and dual head-up displays. The interior is a technological tour de force with its floating, transparent centre tunnel, and dual head-up displays.

The large front grille carries over with its vertical chrome slats, as do the skinny, horizontal headlights and sharply creased bonnet.

At the wedge-shaped rear-end, LED tail-lights stretch around the width of the car in seven sections, which is adorned with a '6 Cabriolet' badge.

Meanwhile, the interior is a technological tour de force with its floating, transparent centre tunnel and dual head-up displays, as well as an open-pore wood floor and extensive rose gold trim.

Motivated by the same pure electric powertrain found in the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 hard-top, the Cabriolet produces 550kW of power and offers more than 500 kilometres of driving range (according to the NEDC).

With four compact electric motors onboard, the Mercedes-Maybach show car features an all-wheel drive set-up and can reach 100km/h in less than four seconds while on the way to an electronically-limited top speed of 250km/h.

Residing in the Cabriolet's underbody, the flat battery pack boasts a quick-charge function that adds 100km of driving range with just five minutes of charging.

According to Daimler AG chief design officer Gorden Wagener, the German car-maker's latest show car is the personification of the luxury-focused Mercedes-Maybach brand.

"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," he said.

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