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).
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”.
“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.
“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.”