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Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing unveil stronger, lighter "41’ AMG Carbon Edition"

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Cigarette Racing has been designing boats inspired by AMG cars for more than a decade now
Cigarette Racing has been designing boats inspired by AMG cars for more than a decade now
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"Cigarette Cool" upholstery keeps passengers' butts some 30% cooler by reflecting heat away
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"Cigarette Cool" upholstery keeps passengers' butts some 30% cooler by reflecting heat away
In cruise mode, this 41-footer takes 20 passengers
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In cruise mode, this 41-footer takes 20 passengers
Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, the AMG Carbon Edition is a lightweight 1600-horsepower speedboat
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Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, the AMG Carbon Edition is a lightweight 1600-horsepower speedboat
This is one of many machines Cigarette Racing has produced in its 12-year collaboration with AMG
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This is one of many machines Cigarette Racing has produced in its 12-year collaboration with AMG
A top speed of just 83 mph makes this one of the company's less extreme concepts
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A top speed of just 83 mph makes this one of the company's less extreme concepts
Cigarette Racing has been designing boats inspired by AMG cars for more than a decade now
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Cigarette Racing has been designing boats inspired by AMG cars for more than a decade now
A pair of high-end luxury toys
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A pair of high-end luxury toys
Lightweight carbon composites and a sandwich structure frame help keep the boat's weight down
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Lightweight carbon composites and a sandwich structure frame help keep the boat's weight down
View from the rear deck
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View from the rear deck
The cabin features no less than three 17-inch Garmin HD touch screens
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The cabin features no less than three 17-inch Garmin HD touch screens
On display this week at the Miami International boat show
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On display this week at the Miami International boat show

It's Miami International Boat Show time again, which means it's time to take a look at the latest collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing. This year's 41-foot AMG Carbon Edition is a four-motor, 1,600-horsepower, 83 mph ocean rocket with a carbon fiber sandwich construction.

Once beloved of drug runners, bootleggers, smugglers and ne'er-do-wells who used them to out-run the US Coast Guard on dodgy missions between Columbia and the Florida Keys, go-fast cigarette boats are now more of a high performance status symbol for the well-heeled horsepower junkie.

There's no official line on why exactly these things are called cigarette boats – perhaps it's because they're long, thin and bad for your health when too much air gets under their lightweight hulls at high speeds. But Cigarette Racing has owned the name since its inception in the mid-60s and is now America's leading brand in the category. 2019 marks 12 years of collaboration between Cigarette and Mercedes-AMG as a joint marketing exercise, which has resulted in the creation of some ferociously fast and impressive machines.

Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, the AMG Carbon Edition is a lightweight 1600-horsepower speedboat
Inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S, the AMG Carbon Edition is a lightweight 1600-horsepower speedboat

This year's boat is "inspired by" the AMG GT 4-door Coupe – essentially a fast, classy family car rather than anything more unhinged like the Project One supercar, which spawned last year's 3,100-horsepower, 140 mph widowmaker. So by the company's own standards, the 41-foot AMG Carbon Edition is a little on the tame side.

It uses four Mercury Racing 400 hp outboard motors to produce its 1,600-horsepower peak output. It's got a lightweight sandwich-structure laminated frame, and liberal application of carbon fiber including the entire deck, rudder, roof lining and hardtop, which reduces the weight by some 500 pounds (226.8 kg) compared to Cigarette's 2017 GT R performance boat.

"Cigarette Cool" upholstery keeps passengers' butts some 30% cooler by reflecting heat away
"Cigarette Cool" upholstery keeps passengers' butts some 30% cooler by reflecting heat away

Top speed is 83 mph (134 km/h), and at that speed the AMG Carbon Edition can carry 8 passengers. Back it off to a cruising speed and you can squeeze 20 people onto the "Cigarette Cool" seats, which are designed to reflect as much as 30 percent of the absorbed heat as a way of preventing too many rosy cheeks down below.

The cockpit is as excessive as you'd expect, with no less than three 17-inch HD Garmin displays handling everything from dash and navigation duties to full control over the onboard mood lighting.

The cabin features no less than three 17-inch Garmin HD touch screens
The cabin features no less than three 17-inch Garmin HD touch screens

The boat, and its matching car, are on display this week in Miami. It's probably best considered a concept boat, but Cigarette will probably make one for you if you want it.

Source: Mercedes-AMG

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