Gawkers and yacht watchers around the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the French Riviera may have caught a glimpse of something rather unusual recently. A vessel that seems like a cross between a sleek sports car and a luxury yacht that just drove – or cruised – off the set of a James Bond movie.
However, what they were seeing was no movie prop but the 46 feet long, Arrow 460 Granturismo. And, if they thought that this awe inspiring new luxury yacht looked strikingly like a fine automobile, that is because the Granturismo is the first luxury yacht to be designed by Mercedes-Benz. The vessel takes its name from the championship racing cars designed by Mercedes in the 1930s.
The selling price for the Arrow 460 Granturismo starts at $1.7 million. Besides its unique style, it’s distinctive luxury features include an interior that features nubuck leather and eucalyptus wood paneling. There will also be windows that will automatically adjust with sun light, as well as other luxurious features such as a wine cellar and a premium audio system.
Other Features of the First Mercedes-Benz motor yacht
The Arrow 460 Granturismo is a joint project between the German automaker, and UK Yacht builder, Silver Arrow Marine. According to the builder, the yacht can accommodate up to ten people, and is powered by two Yanmar diesel engines, which produce a combined output of 706kW with a top speed of over 40 knots. The design team with Mercedes said that the Arrow was created to be a “crossover” 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,” all with a style and profile that one would expect from the name Mercedes.
Speaking to the press, 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 yacht embodies the Mercedes-Benz’s progressive, dynamic design philosophy of sensual purity on the water…”
Is it a car, or a yacht?
“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,” added Silver Arrows Marine chairman, Ron Gibbs.
Collaborations between upscale car designers and yacht builders seems to be something of a growing trend. We recently reported on the collaboration between Fisker Auto and Benetti Yachts, and the launch of the Mercedes 460 Granturismo comes on the heels of Quintessence Yachts AM37 luxury powerboat that was built in cooperation with Aston Martin.
Other Unique Luxury Motor Yachts
If you are an auto enthusiast that is as excited as we are about these collaborations between designers of fine automobiles and yacht builders, we would be happy to see if we could “put you behind the wheel” of one of these incredible new machines!
If a more traditional, but equally luxurious motor yacht is more your speed, we can certainly help you there as well. Feel free to contact us about any motor yacht in our new or pre-owned listings.
It’s not always easy to stay on top of what’s new in motor yachts. If you would like to benefit from our expertise in these areas, or if you have any questions or comments about this blog post, do not hesitate to contact our Sales Specialists, or call us at 954-900-9988.