Six-metre long coupé features gullwing doors and could hint at a more sporting future for Maybach or more one-off models

Pictures of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 concept have been leaked onto the internet ahead of its official reveal at the Pebble Beach Concours later this week.

The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 has now been officially unveiled. Read more about the concept here.

The leaked images, shown on Carscoops, reveal the car's exterior and interior in full, showing its curvacious body and gullwing doors, as well as a hi-tech cabin that features a full-width head-up display system.

No technical specifications have been revealed, however Mercedes-Maybach has confirmed that the concept car's body is almost six metres long, making it close to 1.5 metres longer than an AMG GT and 80cm longer than an S-Class. It features a large front grille that suggests a large petrol powertrain could be under the bonnet.

The Pebble Beach model is a pure design concept so won’t directly spawn a production car, but its two-door coupé body suggests that the Mercedes-Maybach division will one day start to produce more sporting vehicles.

Currently, the Mercedes-Maybach line-up consists of a single S-Class-based model, the S 600.

Mercedes has been tight-lipped about its plans for Maybach’s future, but sales boss Ola Källenius suggested to Autocar earlier this year that the brand would follow its parent company in the pursuit of a zero-emission future.

He said: “Mercedes is focused on investing tremendous resources into the path towards zero emissions. It’s something that will affect the whole portfolio.”

This suggests that Maybach's concept could point towards future models that mix classic sports car styling with electrified Mercedes drivetrains. Autocar sources think there's a strong chance the concept features a hybrid drivetrain to signify this.

Conversely, inside sources have told Autocar that Mercedes is interested in creating a bespoke car business like its rivals Rolls-Royce and Bentley. This concept could, therefore, be used to demonstrate the ability of Maybach’s designers when tasked with producing a one-off model. This was the case with Maybach's last coupé concept, the 2005 Exelero.

More information will be released ahead of the car’s reveal, which will take place at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on the 21 August.

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Mercedes-Maybach S 600

Exceptional in many ways and never less than good in others; a £165,700 bargain, of sorts

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10 August 2016
"...Mercedes is interested in creating a bespoke car business like its rivals Rolls-Royce and Bentley." Wasn't that what the 57 and 62 models were intended to do, before these were abandoned and Maybach was reduced to an S-Class trim level? Those who previously bought Maybach models are unlikely to be so easily convinced second time around.

10 August 2016
I agree but i think persistence pays off..I think Mercedes-Benz want to take on Bentley, RR and beat them at their own game.They certainly have the technical ability,resources and know how. Maybach was a flop the exterior was dull but certain aspects of the interior were really special, pity buyers didnt think so, however they wont lie down until they put things right and the new S is a great platform on which to build on. I think stuttgart is on a roll though, new E,C AMG,S are knocking things out of the park.

11 August 2016
A 6-metre long coupe! In a car that sits 2, or at most 4! Has it got a straight-12 under the bonnet? But no, the article says this model is to be developed as an electric car.
So what's this long-bonnet fetish about (AMG GT, C & E class saloons)?
Sounds to me like this once engineering-led company is now market- and ego- driven, trying to outdo BMW (RR) & VW (Bentley & Bugatti). If Mercedes can't beat them in style and heritage, at least outdo them in length ...

19 August 2016
abkq wrote:

A 6-metre long coupe! In a car that sits 2, or at most 4! Has it got a straight-12 under the bonnet? But no, the article says this model is to be developed as an electric car.
So what's this long-bonnet fetish about (AMG GT, C & E class saloons)?
Sounds to me like this once engineering-led company is now market- and ego- driven, trying to outdo BMW (RR) & VW (Bentley & Bugatti). If Mercedes can't beat them in style and heritage, at least outdo them in length ...

Works for Ron Jeremy....

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

11 August 2016
Rolls Royce and Bentleys are awful overweight rectangles.

www.KOOOLcr.com

 

11 August 2016
That looks effing stupid.

11 August 2016
There was also a coupe version of the original Maybach built by Xenatec with some level of blessing by MB.

14 August 2016
Mercedes have the same problem as ford, who wants to pay the same money for a merc as a rr or Bentley? The maybach looked funny and had the same switch gear and look as an s class which didn't set you apart. If they are going to make it work the maybach brand needs to be different from all other mercs. Otherwise they are kidding themselves the same as ford are if they think a Vignale can compete with bmw/merc and is somehow different to a mondeo with better leather.

15 August 2016
From the side - Wow! From the front - Urghhh!

Whatever happened to elegance in luxury cars? (Dare I say something so subjective as taste, even classiness). Is there no space in modern car design for some of the beauty of for example a Talbot-Lago, Bugatti Type 57 or Alfa Romeo 8c, even a Mercedes SL Pagoda?

Do luxury car buyers today really only want aggressive car designs?

15 August 2016
From the side also urghhh! Right from the first CLS, I have actively disliked the drooping banana look.

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