The fact that every time we come across this car its name seems to have a new structure notwithstanding, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 has now been officially unveiled as an almost six-meter, 750 horsepower electric car. Now that’s an interesting twist.
When we first saw the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 we thought it an absolutely stupid idea because it just seemed to be a huge, ungainly, old-fashioned barge with nothing that would appeal to a modern car enthusiast. But you see, back then we were still under the impression that the 6 is a V12 road yacht. But as it turns out the car is a futuristic, sort of, electric road train.
We still maintain that the Vision 6 is rather a silly thing, if only for the fact that it’s a six-meter 2+2 coupe. That’s just a waste of space. Also, the car concept does not have a very interesting design and one could easily mistake it for a Cadillac, or worse, for a Lincoln. But as a test bed for Mercedes’ new generation of high-power electric powertrains this thing is worthy of a stiff salute.
The drivetrain in the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 is an interesting one, consisting of four compact permanent magnet synchronous electric motors which make the vehicle four-wheel-drive, and a shallow underfloor battery pack. The system is good for 550 kW (750 hp), 0 to 100 km/h in four seconds, and a limited top speed of 250 kmh, and it has a claimed range of 500 kilometres according to the NEDC (over 200 miles according to EPA). The system also has a quick charging capability which can give the car enough juice in five minutes to cover a 100 km.