When Mercedes and Maybach got together, you knew something special was about to happen. And, officially unveiled at the Los Angeles and Guangzhou, China auto shows back in 2014, a new level of luxury and style was revealed, putting all other Mercedes into the merely stylish category. This luxury, craftmanship and opulence ran all the way through the S-Class range, up to the bullet and blast proof Guard model, ideal for diplomats and business leaders touring the world's trouble spots.
Having had a few years to think about where to go next, the new Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 concept will drive the super-rich firmly into the future. The Vision 6 Maybach concept was unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, California in a lustrous red paint job with jaw-dropping super-narrow lighting bars and a lighting strip all the way down the elongated tear drop rear. No inch of the car is unloved, with amazing wheel trim on the 24-inch rims and pinstripe styling features. The gull-wing coupe offers a 700 horsepower electric drive train that can recharge wirelessly, with a remote control and ultimately a self-driving option. It might only have a 65 mile range for now, but with battery technology development flying along, that could easily be 150-200 miles by the time of any real world launch.
Inside, there's a futuristic spacecraft feel with sculpted seats that fit into a light-speed cockpit. The dashboard digital display is narrow and stretches around the sides to provide an immersive space for passengers. Embedded in the leather seats are body sensor monitors to track vital functions that will tweak the airflow, temperature or even provide a massage as you drive, or alerts if you nod off. With its futuristic styling, the Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 actually has a fair degree of retro, with a classic steering wheel, running boards and a long wheel base that imposes the car on roads, unlike those other electric cars that squeak by unnoticed.