Say what you will about Tesla or Fisker, it is my belief that Mercedes-Benz, “>through its Maybach sub-brand, is the undisputed master of EV design at the moment. To back up that wild claim, I present the following masterclass in automotive styling: the Vision 6 Mercedes Maybach Cabriolet.
As both a coupe and the all-new cabrio, the long hood and short deck design of the Vision 6 concept echo prewar Mercedes classics like the SSK while the rounded, almost-but-not-quite boat tail design at the rear recalls some of the better-looking Auto Union racers, as well. This, not the Tesla Roadster or Fisker Karma, is the car you show to people who say electric cars are ugly. This, not the Tesla Model 3 or the Nissan Leaf, is the car that you show to people who think the electric future is going to be boring. This car, kids, is the high water mark of automotive design, circa 2017.
You could also argue that the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet is the car you would show to someone- if there is still anyone left- who thinks the electric future will be slow. Thanks to four powerful, axle-mounted electric motors, the Vision 6 puts nearly 740HP to the ground via all four wheels. That’s enough power to catapult the massive roadster from zero to sixty in less than four seconds on the way to a top speed of more than 200 MPH. And all that is done on those ridiculous turbofan wheels!
Mercedes has the Vision Cabriolet on display now at Monterey Car Week- one of the many automotive events that surround the famous Concours d’Elegance– and it will be there through tomorrow, August 20th. If you’re in the area, snap a few pictures for us. We’ll publish them and ask what you thought of the big roadster up close. If you’re not nearby, feel free to complain about my insinuation that Ol’ Musky and his Tesla cars may not be the best things ever in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Mercedes Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet | Gallery
Source | Images: Mercedes-Benz, via AutoExpress UK.