Four electric motors and an 80-kilowatt-hour battery offer power and range to match the beautiful look.

Debuting during Monterey Car Week, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept takes clear inspiration from streamlined exterior designs from the 1930s, like on pre-war Bugattis and Talbot-Lagos. The classic look should fit in perfectly with the many classic vehicles on hand for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Vision 6 looks best in profile, where you can admire its flowing lines and see the coupe’s immense size. Chrome strips also accentuate the curvaceous body. The gullwing doors are a fantastic reference to Mercedes’ past, too. A massive chrome grille with vertical slats dominates the front end, and just a narrow line of LEDs flank each side. At the rear, there are two, tiny split windows with a small fin between them, and the designers beautifully sculpt the tail and diffuser into a sophisticated curve.

The Vision 6’s gargantuan footprint is very imposing, and we’d love to see how it looks in a darker color. Measuring 222 inches (5.6 meters) long, the vehicle is about an inch larger than a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe. The Maybach appears even bigger, though, because being just 52.3 inches (1,328 millimeters) tall accentuates the flowing lines across the body. For reference, a Phantom Coupe has a height of 62.9 inches (1,598 mm).

Maybach's designers used similar proportions with a long nose and rear-biased cabin on the Exelero in 2004. However, they trade the earlier coupe's sharper edges for more graceful curves on this concept.

Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept
Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept
Mercedes-Maybach Vision 6 Concept

Inside, Maybach eschews the exterior’s classic inspiration for something more futuristic. The Vision 6 is technically a 2+2, but the occupants in front have things the best. They sit in deeply sculpted seats and look out through an augmented reality windshield. The materials are top class, too, including rose gold trim and elm floors.

The concept’s powertrain shows Maybach’s eye to what’s next because the Vision 6 uses four electric motors for a total system output of 738 horsepower (550 kilowatts). This all-wheel-drive powertrain could get the coupe to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in less than four seconds. An 80 kilowatt-hour battery under the floor would allow for over a range over 200-miles (322-kilometer) in the Environmental Protection Agency’s test or over 500 km (311 miles) with the New European Driving Cycle evaluation.

Motor1 has a team attending Monterey Car Week, so look for complete coverage of the many automotive events there. We should have more photos of the Vision 6 soon, too.

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