Last year, Mercedes wowed us all with an electric coupe concept it called the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. While the name was a bit of a clunker, everything else about it was pure elegance. It was nearly 19 feet long, almost all hood, and rode in silence thanks to its electric powertrain. The Vision 6 is back at Pebble Beach this year, this time without its roof.
In cabriolet form, the Vision 6 is still impossibly long, wide, and low. Only now, the peasants can get a better look at who’s driving. Instead of last year’s red, it’s been painted blue and rides on new 24-inch alloy wheels.
Rims that size would look massive on most other cars, but the Vision 6 Cabriolet is so impossibly long, it actually makes 2 feet of wheel look appropriate. Of course, since this is a Maybach concept we’re talking about, the center lock is painted in rose gold. That’s not the only gold decorating the exterior, either. The fabric top also has rose gold threads woven in to match.
Inside, the driver is treated to what Mercedes calls a “360° open-air luxury lounge.” As you can see, the cabin is designed to flow around the occupants, wrapping them in luxury. There aren’t even really separate seats. Instead, the driver’s door panel almost seamlessly transitions into the seat bottom, then into the armrest, the passenger seat, and finally the passenger door panel.
And there’s no infotainment screen integrated into the dash, either. Instead, the display is part of a strip that encircles the cabin. The dials and air conditioning vents contrast with the rest of the futuristic interior, using analog needles and classic design cues.
There’s also a sea of white Nappa leather covering almost every surface you might touch. The buttons used to secure the leather to the seats, for example, each have a Mercedes star on them backlit in blue. Oh, and of course the trim pieces are made from rose gold.
The floor is covered in open-pore wood and inlaid aluminum to continue the boat theme that the car’s massive length and shape started. The transparent center tunnel, meanwhile, uses blue fiber optics to remind occupants that they’re in an electric land yacht from the future.
Speaking of the Vision 6 Cabriolet’s electric powertrain, it’s even more powerful than the coupe. Instead of 738 hp, it now makes a full 750 hp. Despite the car’s incredible size, Mercedes says that’s enough to hit 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. It also has a claimed range of more than 200 miles and supposedly gains 60 miles of range on only a five-minute charge.
If you were worried the cabriolet had lost the coupe’s custom-fit luggage and picnic supplies under the hood, don’t worry. It’s all still there. What do you think this is, a car for farmers?
Lewis Hamilton Seals Fifth F1 World Title
Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth Formula 1 title at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday night, with two races to spare.
Despite finishing fourth in Sunday’s race, it was good enough to see the British driver claim the world championship to draw level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the Formula 1 record books, with Max Verstappen victorious.
The 33-year-old Briton’s only remaining championship rival, Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, needed a victory to keep his hopes alive, but could only finish second.
Hamilton’s success also sees him just two titles shy of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher.
He added his 2018 crown to his championship wins in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Volkswagen Arteon (2018): What you need to know about the newcomer
The striking Volkswagen Arteon has landed in South Africa and we have specifications and pricing for this model. Here’s what you need to know about the newcomer.
Volkswagen calls its new Arteon, which replaces the outgoing Passat CC, a 5-door grand tourer, which pitches the newcomer against the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A5 Sportback and a slew of other business class sedans, including the upcoming Kia Stinger.
Built on Volkswagen’s lauded Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, the Arteon boasts a wheelbase of 2 841 mm, is 1 871 mm wide and 1 427 mm tall. The range comprises 4-cylinder engines only, with one turbodiesel and one turbopetrol motor, both of which are mated with a Volkswagen (DSG) dual-clutch transmission.
The 2.0 TDI DSG is available in Elegance and R-line trim lines. Its 2.0-litre turbodiesel has peak outputs of 130 kW and 350 Nm, with power going to the front wheels via a 6-speed DSG. It’ll be the most frugal of the motors, with a claimed consumption figure of just 5.6 L/100 km.
The petrol engine, meanwhile, is a 2.0-litre turbocharged unit, which delivers 206 kW/350 Nm and is mated with a 7-speed DSG. The motor powers the top-of-the-range all-wheel-driven Arteon derivative that is claimed to complete the 0-100 kph sprint in 5.6 seconds before going on to a limited top speed of 250 kph. It’s a little thirstier than its diesel sibling at 7.3 L/100 km.
- Chrome wing mirror caps
- LED tail lights with dynamic indicator light function
- 18-inch ‘Muscat’ alloy wheels
- Continuous chrome trim strip on lower bodywork
- Heated windscreen washer jets
- Chrome strips on side windows
- LED tail lights
- LED headlights with LED daytime running lights
- Alloy wheels (from 18-inch)
- Keyless Go locking system
- Aluminium pedals
- Instruments, dashboard and door panels with individualised look and trim in brushed aluminium
- Contrast stitching on seat covers and floor mats
- Seat covers in Nappa leather
- Stainless steel door tread plates, front and rear
- Composition Media infotainment system, including eight loudspeakers, AUX-IN and USB (Apple-compatible)
- 3-zone electronically controlled air conditioning system
- Multifunction steering wheel in leather (with shift paddles on DSG models)
- Driver Alert System
- Progressive steering
- ‘C’-signature of the front air intakes in high-gloss black
- 19-inch ‘Montevideo’ alloy wheels
- Heated windscreen washer jets
- Unique R-Line bumpers
- Continuous chrome trim strip on lower-bodywork
- Chrome-plated exhaust system tailpipes
- Black boot lid spoiler
- Privacy glass
- Power folding mirrors
- Leather sports multi-function steering wheel in R-Line design
- Aluminium pedals
- Roof liner in ‘Titanium Black’
- Stainless steel door tread plates front and rear with R-Line logo on front plates
- Nappa Leather/Carbon Style seats with R-Line logo
- Front seat heating
Volkswagen Arteon Price in South Africa
The new Arteon comes standard with a 5-year/90 000 km maintenance plan, 3-year/120 000 km warranty, 12-year anti-corrosion warranty and space saver spare wheel. Service Interval is 15 000 km.
2.0 TDI 130 kW Elegance DSG R599 900
2.0 TDI 130 kW R-Line DSG R649 900
2.0 TSI 206 kW R-Line 4MOTION DSG R699 900
FIRST LOOK: Here’s the rundown on the new Audi A6
Stop us if you’ve seen this one before. In case you missed the news on the latest Audi A8 and A7, though, here’s the rundown on the new A6.
As you’ve already guessed, the least expensive of Audi’s medium and large sedan triumvirate borrows, as always, heavily from the long-tail A7 and coddling A8 luxury sedans. At the front, it’s identical to the A7 and mostly the same from the side, save the roofline. The rear end is the A6’s calling card, clearly related to the other two but uniquely executed.
The interior is like the nose, identical to its near-twin, the A7. Its showpiece is the latest Audi MMI touch response system featuring a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen at the top of the dash and an 8.6-inch touchscreen with haptic feedback below that controls the climate and accepts text inputs drawn with a finger. A fully loaded car with both the optional 10.1-inch screen and navigation also includes the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit digital gauges and a full-color head-up display.
Driving-related tech features include everything from active safety systems to driver aides such as adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assistance and Audi’s Parking Pilot/Garage Pilot, which allows you to pull the car into or out of a garage or parking space from outside the car with an app on your phone. As with the A7, the A8’s Level 3 autonomous driving technology is not on offer.
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The theme continues unabated beneath the hood, where again like the A7, the only likely engine for the U.S. market is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V-6 with a 48-volt belt alternator starter mild-hybrid system. Adding an electric motor/generator to the serpentine belt allows for quicker, smoother automatic engine start/stop as well as regenerative braking, torque fill when the engine isn’t making full power, and the ability to coast with the engine off between 34 and 99 mph. When auto-stopped, which can happen when the car drops below 14 mph coasting to a stop, the engine automatically restarts when the car ahead moves.
That engine is connected exclusively to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a variant of Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive, which decouples the rear axle when not needed to save gas. A rear-wheel steering system is optional and improves both agility and the turning radius.
As the wheels are driven and turned, they’re corralled by independent suspension all around with one of four spring and shock combinations: springs and fixed dampers, springs and electronically adjustable dampers, air suspension and electronically adjustable dampers, and a sport suspension with stiffer springs and fixed dampers.
Slightly larger on the outside, noticeably larger on the inside, and fully revamped, the A6 will go on sale in Europe in June with U.S. sales likely to follow by the end of the year.
|2019 Audi A6|
|BASE PRICE||ZAR587,441.40 (est)|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan|
|ENGINE||3.0L/340-hp/369-lb-ft turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|TRANSMISSION||7-speed twin-clutch auto|
|CURB WEIGHT||4,000 lb (mfr)|
|WHEELBASE||114.7 in (est)|
|LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT||194.5 x 74.3 x 57.4 in|
|0-60 MPH||5.3 sec (MT est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON||Not yet rated|
|ON SALE IN U.S.||Winter 2018|