Does the idea of a floating S-Class float your boat? If the answer is yes, you will be pleased to know Mercedes has announced a 14-metre seafaring machine.
The Mercedes Arrow 460 Granturismo is the German’s answer to the Aston Martin AM37 powerboat. It features 947bhp of wave-conquering muscle and a crossover design that lets it be an open boat one moment and closed the next.
Measuring 14 metres (46 feet) in size, Mercedes says the motor yacht can accommodate up to 10 people, all of whom can enjoy a fine grain eucalyptus floor, retractable windows, pop-out beds, air conditioning, sound system and extendable tables.
It also has a separate dressing room, wine storage, ice-making machines and a proper bathroom. Basically a floating hotel, then. The folks at Mercedes Style are responsible for the interior, while Silver Arrows Marine helped Mercedes create the boat.
All of that power comes from not one but two Yanmar 6LY3 ETP engines, which together allow the Arrow460 Granturismo to reach a top speed of ─ wait for it ─ 46mph. Bit of an anti-climax, especially when Mercedes says cruising at 35mph is a better idea.
That’s considerably slower than the aforementioned AM37 1,040bhp in its top spec, which can manage just shy of 60mph at full tilt. But it’s smaller and less luxurious so swings and roundabouts.
At least the fuel tank is so big you should consider buying shares in Shell or BP before filling up. The capacity is a whopping 1,200 litres, making the 60-litre capacity of a 2.0-litre Ford Focus diesel seem insignificant.
Mercedes actually first revealed the Arrow460 Granturismo in 2012, so it’s been a bit of a wait between then and when it first hit the waters of Cote d’Azur on the 18th of April, 2016. Prices are said to start from US$1.7-million (roughly £1.2-million).