Mercedes-Benz Is Now Selling Luxury Yachts And They Are Spectacular
Posted May 10
Gleaming in the silvery waters of the French Riviera, Mercedes-Benz's highly anticipated first luxury motor yacht, "Arrow460–Granturismo," was an opulent sight to behold when it embarked on its maiden voyage last spring. With an arched roof and an extended hull and foredeck, the sleek 46-foot-long watercraft draws many of its design aesthetics from a classic automobile silhouette. Some in the industry have even called the avant-garde boat the "S-Class of the Seas."
"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,” Gorden Wagener, vice president design Daimler AG, said on the company’s website. “The yacht embodies the Mercedes-Benz's progressive, dynamic design philosophy of sensual purity on the water.”
The interior is lined with elegant eucalyptus wood, and the retractable windows allow guests to enjoy the ocean view while lounging in the plush nubuck-leather seats. The thoughtfully designed space, which comfortably accommodates up to 10 passengers, includes extendable tables and beds, a lavish bathroom, a bonus dressing room, air conditioning, built-in chilled wine storage, an ice-making machine and JBL by Harman and BOSE sound system. Light transmission inside the yacht can be controlled electronically-similar to the MercedesâBenz's Magic Sky technology.
Nicknamed the "Silver Arrow of the Seas," the vessel delivers 960 horsepower (two of Yanmar’s six-cylinder 6LY3-ETP diesel engines) with a top speed of 38 knots (44 mph).
"By virtue of maximum variability, the yacht combines the advantages of an open boat with the generous interior and privacy of a cabin cruiser," Wagener said.
Mercedes-Benz, in conjunction with Silver Arrows Marine, will only produce 10 of these beauties for those who have a cool $1.7 million burning a hole in their pockets. Arrow460–Granturismo's first customers will receive their yacht in the second half of 2017.