Watch footage of the first ever motor yacht from Mercedes Benz and Silver Arrow Marine, as a series of experience days for potential owners is announced.
8 December 2016
It is an offer few could resist – to spend time on board the Mercedes-Benz ARROW460-Granturismo.
Built by the Monaco-based Silver Arrow Marine, the motor yacht has a price tag of €2.5 million, plus taxes.
And now those lucky enough to be considering buying this 14 metre yacht are being given the chance to taste life on board.
The Granturismo Experience, which starts in 2017 in Monte Carlo, takes invited guests on a “truly gran turismo journey”, on land by Mercedes-Benz cars and on sea by Mercedes, the first Silver Arrows Marine motor yacht.
According to Silver Arrow, “it is a day being seduced by emotive design, exquisite materials, and a completely fresh approach to lifestyle living on board a 14m yacht.”
The announcement comes as Silver Arrows Marine made its US debut at the My Yacht Miami event, which ran from 1-4 December 2016.
See more pictures of the ARROW460-Granturismo below
This is one of a series of invitation-only luxury brand events held around the world on superyachts.
The first ARROW460-Granturismo, which is aptly named Mercedes, was warmly welcomed at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
Silver Arrows Marine’s chief executive officer, Jacopo Spadolini, said: “ARROW460-Granturismo has had a rapturous reception but like all truly innovative products the yacht needs to be experienced first-hand to be fully understood.”
“The Granturismo Experience days will allow people to really get to know about “Mercedes” the yacht, but also who we are and how we put the customer first in everything we do,” he added.
The ARROW460-Granturismo is launching with an Edition 1 run of 10 fully-specified models.
18 April 2016
The ARROW460-Granturismo is described as the “mould breaking first model” from the partnership between Mercedes Benz and Silver Arrows Marine.
Nicknamed the ‘Silver Arrow of the Seas’ after the legendary Mercedes Silver Arrows racing cars, the 706 kW (960 hp) yacht is embarking on sea trials out of Nice, France.
This is ahead of the final commissioning of the interior due in May, when full technical and commercial details will be released.
Unveiled on the Côte d’Azur during the launch of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet, the first pre-production yacht is named Mercedes.
The Silver Arrows Marine Chairman, Ron Gibbs said: “Almost everything about ARROW460-Granturismo is unique, from its concept to the smallest bespoke detail. 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 Mercedes-Benz.”
“By merging marine and automotive worlds, with their respective design language, technologies and ideas, we have created a new standard of motor yacht, unlike all others,” he stated.
The power yacht has a long foredeck, a flowing, arched roofline and a slightly descending rear, giving it classic automobile proportions. It has an open-plan layout, and is rated for up to 10 passengers.
The design allows free-flowing access from stem to stern, while the cabin is able to transform into luxury overnight accommodation for two if required. Innovative features include a class-first retractable ‘terrace by the sea’ in the stern, built-in sun deck and double-console cockpit.
Electronically-dimming ‘smart’ glass is used for the windows and roof of the cabin, the smoothly arching design of which clearly links ARROW460-Granturismo with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars.
Just as in a luxury car, the side windows open at the press of a button, as does the large ‘windscreen’: the glass rises up to create a ‘pergola’ effect that opens the dining and lounge area to sea breezes while retaining UV protection.
A smooth, seamless decking finish is achieved throughout the yacht thanks to an innovative new composite material.
Just as with a car, a system of prototyping was adopted during development. The state-of-the-art hull design has been shaped as much for comfort and ease of handling as speed by hydrodynamicists from the renowned naval architects Van Oossanen.
Powered by two Yanmar diesel engines of 353 kW (480 hp) each, ARROW460-Granturismo is designed to achieve a top speed of 40 knots in light load conditions, with a cruising speed of 26 knots (figures to be confirmed).
The yacht is equipped with an array of the latest technology, including, as standard, the Twin Disc Express Joystick System.
The Vice President Design Daimler AG, Gorden Wagener said: “Together with Silver Arrows Marine we have managed to develop a totally new boat concept. The ‘Silver Arrow of the Seas’ embodies Mercedes-Benz’s progressive, dynamic design idiom of sensual purity on the water and weds it to perfect functionality. ARROW460-Granturismo is sure to cause a stir on the seas and at marinas throughout the world.”
The first ARROW460-Granturismo has been constructed by Decision SA, a Groupe Carboman company near Lausanne in Switzerland.
Following its unveiling in the South of France, the first ARROW460-Granturismo will be starring at selected yachting events over the coming months prior to the start of production later this year.
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