It's 18.5-feet long (six meters), can achieve 750 horsepower, hit 60 mph in under four seconds and it's electric. Mercedes has just unveiled The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 which also has an automatic driving function. "But this is a car you want to drive yourself," said Gorden Wagener, head of design at Mercedes' parent company Daimler AG, during the launch event in Carmel, California.
The car is supposedly built to represent "the ultimate in luxury" and evoke emotion and intelligence, hot passion and cool rationality all at once. "The key is to combine them," Wagener said. It has an enormous grille on the front, 24-inch rims, a split rear window and distinctive Gullwing doors (which open upwards). If the strongest charger is used the vehicle can reportedly power up to a range of 62 miles in just five minutes. Inside is a giant touch screen and the upholstered surfaces contain miniature "body sensor displays" that scan the passengers and track their vital functions etc.
The padded leather seats have massage functions and sensors embedded in the upholstery also record internal light, the color of the occupants' clothing and the ambient temperature. "This information can be used to trigger new, emotional lighting effects in the interior," say the makers. Previous Maybach drivers include rapper/ husband of Beyonce Jay-Z and his fellow musician Swizz Beatz.