For a pure electric car, it certainly doesn’t come across as the luxury coupe to save the planet. The proportions are extreme to say the least. The vast bonnet and big upright “radiator” grille say stonking great V12, but with synchronous motors within each wheel and the batteries tucked away under the floor, under-bonnet space is given over to nothing more than that essential Maybach extra: the fitted luggage.
Mercedes says the look is a reinterpretation of classic principles and recalls “aero coupes of days gone by”. You can certainly see retro influences in its free-flowing form with its clearly defined contours, absence of wings and rounded boat-tail with split rear windows. Then there’s the body trim – lots of it, including the chrome feature line that goes from nose to tail. All this lives with hi-tech details like rear-view cameras for mirrors and narrow slits of LED lights.
The cabin, sorry “lounge”, is rather more sci-fi with plenty of trick technology on show alongside the conventional dials and traditional luxury of elm wood “decking” and Chesterfield-style buttoned leather. The seat buttons in fact have a very hi-tech twist: they are actually body sensors that scan passengers for their vital signs, so that seat climate and massage functions – even the colour of interior lighting – can be tailored to suit.