Mercedes-Benz designers are no strangers to high performance boats. In fact, muscle car fast, Mercedes-AMG “inspired” Cigarette power boats have been around for a while. And come to think of it, futuristically-styled “concept yachts” that look amazing (but never get built) are pretty common too. But that’s what makes the brand new the Arrow460-Granturismo that was designed by Mercedes-Benz in house “style” studio, built by Silver Arrows Marine, and was just launched in the South of France so special. It exists. It’s advanced. It’s very silver. And it represents an entirely new genre of yacht.
The first real-life example of this new breed of yacht (just launched on the waters off Nice in the South of France) is aptly-named Mercedes. And as you can see in the photos, it has classically elegant proportions that Mercedes-Benz automobiles are known for. It also uniquely combines the advantages of an open cockpit with an enclosed-cabin that makes it suitable for day trips and overnight stays on board—in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous.
And quite honestly, I’m hardly surprised. Mercedes-Benz designers have worked with selected partners to develop luxury products outside the automobile industry since 2010, and it could be argued that there are no better examples of luxury products than yachts.
“In developing this new motor yacht, we have transferred our expertise to the marine industry, creating something never seen before in the process,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG. “The yacht embodies Mercedes-Benz’s progressive, dynamic design philosophy of sensual purity on the water. Or, to put it another way, it is hot and cool in one, and stands for emotion and intelligence.”
Silver Arrows Marine Chairman Ron Gibbs adds, “Almost everything about the Arrow460-Granturismo is unique from its concept to the smallest bespoke detail. It is a motor yacht with a personality that truly embraces life, combining the best marine engineering with the inspired innovations and elegance that the world associates with the Mercedes-Benz name. By merging marine and automotive worlds, with their respective design language, technologies and ideas, we have created a new standard of motor yacht, unlike all others.”
This 46-foot luxury motor yacht has speed to burn thanks to it’s 960 horsepower engine and can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably. In addition, its large side windows and windshield are fully retractable so passengers can sit comfortably in the interior while enjoying an airy, all-round view.
Elegant woodwork lines the entire interior while the floor is covered in an industrial, sustainable composite material.
And the slickest feature of all is the fact that the luminous transmittance of the windows can be controlled electronically (along the same lines as the Mercedes-Benz Magic Sky technology). This allows the yacht’s distinctive silver-shimmering windows to blend seamlessly into the overall profile just like it does on Mercedes-Benz concept vehicles F015 and Concept IAA.
Would you expect anything less?