MONACO. In the lead up to the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix, which was held on 29 May, the Mercedes AMG Pertronas Formula 1 Team, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, took to Monaco’s waters to showcase the speed and style of Mercedes’ Cigarette Racing speedboat and a Mercedes-Benz Style motoryacht respectively.

The Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder AMG Monaco Concept, inspired by the current Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 car, epitomises speed and performance. Whereas, the Mercedes-Benz style Arrow460-Granturismo is designed to echo the class and elegance of Mercedes’ road vehicles.

“The Cigarette Racing speedboat and our Mercedes-Benz style luxury yacht, Arrow460-Granturismo, represent a coming together of two design icons. Each of them is hot & cool as their design is both attractive and surprisingly new, making both boats perfect embodiments of emotion and intelligence,” comments Gorden Wagener, head of design at Daimler.

Mercedes’ high-performance Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder AMG Monaco concept boasts two Mercury Racing V8 engines, the most powerful series-production twin engines available in the Cigarette portfolio. Each engine produces 1550hp and enables the vessel to reach a top speed of more than 123knots – as a chase boat there would be no fear of keeping pace. Mercedes-Benz designers were responsible for the exterior design.

“The Arrows460-Granturismo carries our Mercedes genes throughout. We have transferred an automotive design idiom to a yacht – and this design statement far outside the usual mainstream in the boat industry allows us to create a totally original aesthetic,” continues Wagener.

Designed by Mercedes-Benz Style and developed with Silver Arrow Marine, the luxury Arrow460-Granturismo is a 14m vessel that borrows its proportions from the automotive world and combines the advantages of an open boat with those of a hull cabin cruiser.