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Be still my beating wallet. This is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet revealed, appropriately, among the rich and beautiful at Monterey Car Week in California. On the face of it this is just a decapitated, repainted version of the obscene Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 shown at Pebble Beach this time last year, but somehow it’s so much more than that…

I mean, just look at it. It really does look like a Riva speedboat that’s sprouted a set of wheels. Or a very expensive pen. But surely Mercedes’ greatest achievement here is to make a car that’s 5.7 meters long and 2.1 meters wide and only find space for two seats. If that’s not excess we don’t know what is.

Like its Coupe sister car, said wheels are center-locking 24in dustbin lids, while 740hp from four electric motors fed by an underfloor battery pack mean four-wheel drive and 0-100kph in sub-four, with an NEDC range of over 498km.

Cartoonish proportions are backed up by headlights that are no more than slits, and a grille Lady Penelope would be proud of. But the real magic happens when you peel back the white fabric roof (with interwoven rose gold threads), exposing crystal white nappa leather, illuminated buttons stitched into the seats, and a full width digital display. The turbine-inspired dials are analogue needles on a digital background, while two heads-up displays keep you briefed on the car’s vitals.

Want more theater? The center tunnel, usually reserved for the transmission in a combustion-engined car, is floating and transparent and used to visualize the car’s energy flow with blue fiber optic lights; at the very least it’ll be a talking point. As will the open-pore wooden floor inlaid with aluminum—a trick borrowed from the world of yachting.

Unfortunately it’s just a Vision for now, but nothing about the technology is beyond the realms of possibility. So, let’s hope enough well-heeled and well-lubricated punters at Pebble Beach tell Mercedes they want to buy one immediately. The world will be a better place with this thing sailing around.

NOTE: This article first appeared on Minor edits have been made.


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