Mercedes-Benz Built a Beautiful Yacht for the 0.1 Percent
There are a few places you might expect to find a super-luxe Mercedes-Benz. The open ocean is however not one of them, at least, it wasn’t before now. Meet the Arrow460-Granturismo, the result of a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz Style and Monaco-based shipyard Silver Arrows Marine. While technically still a concept, the Granturismo yacht is what Mercedes views as a grand touring car for the water, complete with avant-garde styling and all the latest in technology—a “Silver Arrow of the Seas,” if you will. According to Mercedes, the project was first conceived in 2010 and underwent a long design process before production commended in 2014. Fast forward to April of this year, and the yacht recently completed its maiden voyage off the coast of Nice, France. RELATED: See More Photos of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Arrow460 Concept
Befitting its Mercedes-Benz name, the Arrow460-Granturismo is certainly not short on luxury, as compared to its road-going relatives. When building the yacht, Silver Arrows Marine equipped the 46-foot craft with an exotic eucalyptus wood interior, seating hewn from Nubuck leather, and an array of automated onboard systems, allowing whoever is at the helm to focus solely on the vast blue horizon.
Inside, the yacht’s furniture can be adapted to fit a number of functions—from overnight cruises to day trip parties for up to 10 passengers—and amenities like a separate bathroom and changing room, a JBL sound system, and a wine cooler have been included. And like its automotive siblings, the yacht’s side windows can be electronically raised and lowered, creating an open air cabin cruiser feel in sunny weather.
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As its Mercedes-Benz badge would suggest, it’s not short on performance either. Beneath its sleek lines reside a pair of Yanmar marine diesel engines, which contribute a total of 960 horsepower and allow the yacht to cruise at 28 knots (32 mph), and up to a top speed of 38 knots (44 mph) on calm seas. A 200 gallon fuel tank ensures the high-powered engines have enough diesel to drink.
“We wanted to create something special,” says Gorden Wagener, head of Mercedes-Benz design, “and what we have come up with is indeed unique. The Silver Arrow of the Seas embodies pure emotion and stands for luxury, style and pleasure.”
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The price for one of these crafts? Mercedes-Benz Style has yet to officially announce a figure, but it has revealed the company’s other non-automotive projects. Beginning in 2015, Mercedes-Benz Style began designing a number of high-end apartments in London and Singapore, and now engineers are working with German airline Lufthansa to create a new cabin arrangement for short and medium-range airplanes.
Today, yachts, planes, and apartments. Tomorrow, the world.
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