$1.7m Mercedes-Benz yacht is a thing of beauty
IMAGES: The Arrow460-Granturismo hits 40 knots with an S-Class load of luxuries onboard.Neil Churchill April 28, 2016
Over the last 12 months, the car world has been doing something a bit strange. Strange, but awesome.
It’s been making not just supercars, but superboats. First it was Aston Martin with its simple but stunning AM37 in July last year. Then Bugatti followed suit with its menacing Niniette line of sport yachts, in partnership with high-end boat builder Palmer Johnson.
And now we have this, Mercedes-Benz's Arrow460-Granturismo. Built in collaboration with yacht manufacturer Silver Arrows Marine, the concept was first announced back in 2012, and earlier this month the first real floating example was spotted off the Côte d'Azur.
Of course it looks like a floating Mercedes S-Class, which is no bad thing. Just look at the pictures and tell us it’s not beautiful.
But it’s also what’s inside that justifies the $1.7 million price tag. The interior is lined with Nubuck leather and eucalyptus wood trim with tables and beds that hide away when not in use. There’s also a bathroom and separate dressing room, all of which are air con controlled.
There’s a built-in audio system, an ice machine and even a wine cellar. That’s a lot of stuff for what doesn’t appear to be a huge yacht, although it does fit 10 people.
Its power is also impressive, as you would expect from a Damiler product. Two Yanmar diesel engines produce a combined 947 horsepower, with a top speed of 40 knots – about 75 km/h. That means you could get from Cannes to Monaco in half an hour, perfect for that last minute dinner reservation.
The chairman of Silver Arrows Marine, Ron Gibbs, has described the Arrow460-Granturismo as being completely unique “from its concept to the smallest bespoke detail.” Given that only 10 will be made, he's not wrong.