The New Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury

Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury 6 Now, Maybachs have never been the prettiest of cars, they sort of look like elongated Mercedes S Classes rather than the uber luxurious transport of the rich and famous. But with the new Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury they are breaking new ground in the world of ugly cars.

The Maybach Vision UL is a high riding luxury SUV with what is trying to be a swooping saloon body but on such a big car just looks stretched. To put it into perspective of how big this car is, its bigger wider and taller than the already gargantuan Bentley Bentayga. The Vision UL rides on 24 inch wheels that look more suitable on Puff Daddys Hummer than they do on a German example of luxury.

Now with such a massive car you might expect a giant engine, V10 or V12 maybe even V16 like the original Phantom concept. But believe it or not this new Maybach monstrosity is fully electric. The output of the UL’s four electric motors is 740BHP giving the big loaf a top speed of 155mph, not bad for a giant electric SUV.

Where Maybach are known for succeeding however is the interior, the new Maybach continues this trend with swathes of white leather and aluminium. Where a Rolls Royce feels like a smoking lounge inside, the Maybach feels like an up to date trendy bar. Its clearly for the UK market at there is a full tea set in the rear centre console.

I’m fine with companies making ‘ultimate luxury’ concepts but at least make them look good. The Maybach Vision UL is hideous on the outside, which really lets down a fantastic interior if Maybach were to ever bring the UL to market (which I doubt) I will forever fear driving behind one, because I may have to burn  my eyes to remove the sight from my mind.

What do you think of the Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury Concept, let us know in the comments.

Please Like, Share and Follow

Follow me on Twitter @jimafred

Advertisements

BMW Mark 100th birthday with the BMW Vision Next 100 concept

 

BMW Vision Next 100

So BMW have marked their 100th birthday this week with a new concept car, the BMW Vision Next 100, quite a mouthful isn’t it. Well the VN100 as I will call it isn’t the best looking car, nor is it the fastest, what it is though is yet another autonomous car that BMW say is designed to retain the personal connection between car and driver. Which believe it or not I think is a good idea, despite the fact that technically a driverless car has no driver.

BMW Vision Next 100 2

BMW have a habit of making great cars, the M2 is fantastic and its big brothers even more so, so I don’t doubt that over the next 100 years BMW will strive to continue to revolutionise the way we drive and the way we feel about cars.

BMW Vision Next 100 4

Whilst the VN100 isn’t the best looking BMW ever particularly in this shade of brown the technology underneath it is incredible. The body actually morphs as you drive along to improve aerodynamics, the VN100 also features two driving settings Ease mode that allows the driver to sit back and relax in the spacious white and brown interior, and boost mode, which allows the drivers input and also allows the car to learn the drivers habits with a ‘companion mode’.

BMW Vision Next 100 3

Overall I don’t like the VN100, but I do like the technology behind it, whilst most companies are trying to build solely driverless cars, BMW are trying to keep the driver involved in the experience rather than excluding them completely. There are certainly exciting times in BMW’s next 100 years.

 

Please Like, Share, Subscribe

Follow me on Twitter @jimafred

Alpine are Back!

Alpine Vision 2

Alpine the long dead sports car manufacturer are back with a brand new car set for release in 2017. The Vision concept is set for a full reveal at next months Geneva Motor show. Now whilst most sports cars are known for monstering the track, Alpine are better known for their rally pedigree, even winning the World Rally Championship in 1967 with an A110 with Bernard Tramont behind the wheel.

Alpine Vision

Now the new Alpine is looking to take on the likes of the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C, with a price tag of around £40,000 they are certainly heading in the right direction. The looks of the new Alpine that are clearly reminiscent of the A110, they are clearly trying to retain some brand recognition for the classic 60’s racer.

Alpine Vision Rear

Renault bought out Alpine in 1997, and are behind the new relaunch that has been rumoured since 2008. A 50 50 deal was made with Caterham to relaunch the brand in 2012 but Renault bought out Caterham in 2014 after financial problems for the British manufacturer. Originally the aimed curb weight for the Alpine was 1000kg but this would have required expensive lightweight body panels made out of carbon fibre.

Alpine Vision side

Renault has planned production to take place at their Dieppe plant, which was actually the original Alpine plant that Renault bought out in 97. The plant currently produces most Renault sport models. Renault have boasted that the new Alpine will have a sub 4.5 second 0-62 time. The engine is understood to be a 1.8 litre turbo charged unit developed from the Clio RS’ 1.6. power is expected to be between 250 and 300BHP. There has been no word on whether the Alpine will return to the WRC.

Images courtesy of Autocar

Please Like, Follow, Share

Follow me on Twitter @jimafred