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A new luxury motor yacht designed by Mercedes-Benz has embarked on its maiden voyage off the coast of Nice this week.

Called the “Arrow460-Granturismo”, the yacht, built by Silver Arrow Marine, measures 14 metres long and four metres wide – and the first example of the new range is fittingly named “Mercedes”.

The yacht can accommodate up to ten people, and its two Yanmar diesel engines produce a combined output of 706kW with a top speed of over 40 knots (74km/h).

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Mercedes says the Arrow460-Granturismo features a crossover design that combines the advantages of an open boat with those of a hull cabin cruiser, resulting in a vessel that is suitable for both day trips and overnight stays on board.

In typical Mercedes-Benz fashion, wood lines the entire cabin, while the retractable side windows lend the yacht a coupe-like design. The Arrow460-Granturismo also features a “high-quality” audio system, wine cellar and an ice-making machine.

Gorden Wagener, vice president for design at Daimler AG, said: “In developing the new motor yacht, we have transferred our expertise to the marine industry, creating something never seen before in the process”.

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“The ‘Silver Arrow of the Seas’ stands for modern luxury, avant-garde style and comfortable elegance.”

“The yacht embodies the Mercedes-Benz’s progressive, dynamic design philosophy of sensual purity on the water,” he added.

Silver Arrows Marine chairman, Ron Gibbs, emphasised the uniqueness of the yacht’s Mercedes-sourced design.

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“Almost everything about [the] Arrow460-Granturismo is unique, from its concept to the smallest bespoke detail,” he said.

“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.”

The Arrow460-Granturismo comes less than a week after Dutch boat builders Quintessence Yachts revealed their AM37 powerboat, which was made in collaboration with British marque Aston Martin.

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