Nope, this isn’t a new Batmobile — but you could be easily be forgiven for imagining the Caped Crusader behind the wheel. This is actually Mercedes-Benz’s new Aesthetics Progressive Luxury concept, which previews the kind of designs we can expect to see from the company’s forthcoming EQ line of electric vehicles. That said? It’s also more proof the Germans are coming to eat Tesla’s lunch.
Looking over the lines, gearheads will immediately see a resemblance to Mercedes’ famed W125 Silver Arrow, which took to the Autobahn and managed to hit a record-setting 268 mph. Now, that speed is still ridiculously impressive today, but when race driver Rudolf Caracciola set it back in 1938, it was completely insane. The terminal velocity was so far beyond what other automakers were doing at the time, the Silver Arrow remained king of the top-speed mountain for a whopping 80 years.
Things have changed a lot over the last eight decades, but keeping a low drag coefficient remains key for speed and efficiency, which is why many elements of the Silver Arrow’s design are still crucial today. Of course, along with making the machine super slippery, the streamlining also made it look the business, which never hurts.
At this point, this concept is just a render, though our friends at Motor1 say we’ll be able to see a physical version next month at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California. How close that will look to the vehicle in these images is anyone’s guess, but the same story noted that there will be a one-off creation to serve as the new line’s halo. We’re going to keep our fingers crossed and hope it’s built for speed.
We’ll keep you posted on any news about Mercedes’ new EQ vehicles, but in the meantime, you can check out everything the company at your local AutoNation-affiliated Mercedes-Benz dealer. Just do everyone a favor and don’t try to set any speed records on the way there.