Michael Keaton Returns to Gotham in the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept
Fast and Furious may offer plenty of vehicular eye candy, but it’s not the only film franchise with iconic autos. And when it comes to car celebrities, few can rival the star power of the Batmobile. However, while Batman’s had several signature sleds throughout the years, Bruce Wayne needs some wheels, too. And it appears that the upcoming The Flash movie will bring back a beloved Bruce with a city car to match. Hence why Michael Keaton was recently spotted behind the wheel of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept.
The 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept showed off the sub-brand’s new look with electric style
Mercedes’ initial attempts to resurrect Maybach “as a stand-alone Rolls-Royce and Bentley competitor” were rather unsuccessful, Car and Driver explains. But in 2016, the German automaker tried again, relaunching Maybach as a sub-brand like AMG. That relaunch was capped off by the 2016 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept, a sleek electric coupe. And the next year, it was followed up by a convertible, the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept.
Like the coupe, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet is an EV with an underbody-mounted battery pack and four electric motors, The Drive explains. However, while the 2016 concept has 738 hp, the 2017 one has 750 hp. That’s good for a claimed 0-60 mph time of under four seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Plus, Mercedes claims the Vision 6 Cabriolet has a 200-mile driving range.
The electric powertrain, though, arguably plays second fiddle to the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept’s main feature. Or rather, its main features: the interior and exterior design.
This roadster is almost 20’ long even though it’s only a two-seater. There’s rose gold on the 24” wheels’ center caps and woven into the fabric top, MotorTrend says. The interior is covered in Nappa leather, aluminum, fiber-optic lighting, and open-pore wood, and features rose-gold trim pieces. Plus, there’s no infotainment screen; instead, it’s a strip that rings the cabin.
Why is Michael Keaton driving the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet?
Although many concept cars are static displays, the 2017 Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet isn’t one of them. Though it rarely makes on-road appearances, it’s a fully-functioning EV, Motor1 notes. And Michael Keaton indirectly confirmed that recently.
Although some of his most recent superhero work was for Marvel, Michael Keaton is no stranger to Gotham. He played Batman in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, and he’s set to reprise the role in the upcoming The Flash movie. And not as a ‘new’ Batman, but the same one he originally played, The Drive explains.
As of this writing, it’s unknown if Michael Keaton’s original Batmobile will make an appearance in the movie. But based on the on-set photos shown above, the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet Concept will, with Keaton behind the wheel. Likely, the convertible will star as Bruce Wayne’s status-symbol car, like how Christian Bale’s Wayne drove a Lamborghini.
When will we get to see the car on the silver screen? And could there be a production version?
The Flash is set to premiere in theaters on November 4, 2022. So, if you want to see Michael Keaton drive the stylish electric convertible, mark your calendars.
Given that automakers often use movies as product-placement opportunities, does this mean we’ll see a road-going version of the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6? It’s not impossible, MT muses, but not likely, either. It’s worth noting that the first Avengers movie had Robert Downey Jr. drive a convertible Acura NSX. And roughly a decade later, such a car doesn’t exist.
Nevertheless, seeing this Maybach EV prowl through Gotham might be worth the price of a ticket.
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