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Mercedes and Cigarette Racing make a splash with GT3-inspired boat

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The 41-foot (12.5-m) SD GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG car that inspired it
The 41-foot (12.5-m) SD GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG car that inspired it
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The Cigarette Racing Team 41' SD GT3 was designed under Gorden Wagener
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The Cigarette Racing Team 41' SD GT3 was designed under Gorden Wagener
Cigarette calls the new boat its most powerful "open performance" boat ever
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Cigarette calls the new boat its most powerful "open performance" boat ever
The teak flooring gives the boat a classic look
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The teak flooring gives the boat a classic look
Dual 1,100 hp Mercury Racing engines power the stern drives
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Dual 1,100 hp Mercury Racing engines power the stern drives
Leather seats and AMG badges
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Leather seats and AMG badges
The cockpit features three 17-in HD displays
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The cockpit features three 17-in HD displays
On board the SD GT3
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On board the SD GT3
At the wheel
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At the wheel
The boat features AMG inspiration on deck and on all over the hull
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The boat features AMG inspiration on deck and on all over the hull
On board the SD GT3
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On board the SD GT3
The SD GT3 debuts at the Miami International Boat Show
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The SD GT3 debuts at the Miami International Boat Show
The 41-foot (12.5-m) SD GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG car that inspired it
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The 41-foot (12.5-m) SD GT3 and the Mercedes-AMG car that inspired it
Horsepower for land and sea
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Horsepower for land and sea
SD GT3 weight: 22,500 lb
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SD GT3 weight: 22,500 lb
The SD GT3 has an 11-foot (3.4-m) beam
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The SD GT3 has an 11-foot (3.4-m) beam
Mercedes-AMG GT3
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Mercedes-AMG GT3
Mercedes-AMG GT3
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Mercedes-AMG GT3
The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 derived from the engine from the SLS AMG GT3
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The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is powered by a 6.3-liter V8 derived from the engine from the SLS AMG GT3
The SD GT3 boat may be way more powerful, but the Mercedes GT3 car is faster
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The SD GT3 boat may be way more powerful, but the Mercedes GT3 car is faster
With its dual Mercury Racing drives, the Cigarette boat is capable of more than 100 mph
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With its dual Mercury Racing drives, the Cigarette boat is capable of more than 100 mph
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The Miami International Boat Show started this week, and that means there's an all-new powerboat dressed up like a high-performance Mercedes. The Cigarette Racing Team and Mercedes have teamed up once again, picking up where they left off with last year's GT S-inspired boat to create a GT3 boat. If this 2,200-hp (1,640 kW) open-top harpoon doesn't bring the thrill of car racing to the open seas, few vessels have a chance.

For the better part of a decade, Mercedes and Cigarette Racing have been partnering on high-powered, high-speed boats that showcase the best of both brands. In the past, their efforts have resulted in impressive designs like the "world's most powerful electric boat" and the five-engine Huntress.

Their latest effort, the Cigarette Racing Team 41' SD GT3, follows last year's GT S boat the way the actual Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car followed the GT S. The "racy" 22,500-lb (10,200-kg) boat was designed under the direction of Daimler's design chief Gorden Wagener. It features AMG racing livery to match the GT3 car, a complete teak floor, a full marine grade leather interior and matte components. The cockpit includes three HD 17-in displays, computerized controls, Bluetooth, and next-gen navigation and audio.

The cockpit features three 17-in HD displays
The cockpit features three 17-in HD displays

While the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is plenty potent on the track, its 6.3-liter V8 looks rather puny compared to the SD GT3's layout of dual 1,100-hp Mercury Racing engines powering NXT6 racing drives. That setup gives the captain a good deal more speed than he's likely to need on the average outing – up to over 100 mph (161 km/h).

The annual Mercedes-Cigarette boats tend to be designed more for show and joint advertising than for actual production value, but Cigarette Racing does invite interested buyers to request pricing for the SD GT3. Before you pick up the phone, you should know that last year's boat wore a US$1.2 million price tag.

You don't have to buy it to check it out, though. The Miami boat show runs through Monday.

Source: Daimler, Cigarette Racing

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2 comments
Stephen N Russell
Love to rent one for sure, for Miami, Honolulu, Hilo, San Juan PR. Tampa , FL Keys.
Island Architect
Great design for shearing heads off!
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