Each year, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing present a high-performance, automotive-inspired boat at the Miami Boat Show. Past creations have included the world's fastest electric boat and last year's Vision Gran Turismo boat. For this year's Miami show, the parties followed the precedent of crafting a boat version of the hottest contemporary Mercedes, presenting the US$1.2 million Cigarette Racing 50 Marauder GT S Concept.
As the 50-foot (15.2-m) concept boat's name makes no secret of, its inspiration is the all-new Mercedes-AMG GT S, which made its world premiere at last year's Paris Motor Show. That inspiration shines through quite brightly in the boat's AMG Solarbeam Yellow and matte black paint job, brushed to match the AMG GT S car that appeared by its side in Miami. Like the car, the boat also includes a fast, powerful V8 powertrain.
A 50-ft boat requires a little more juice than a sports coupe, and the 50 Marauder carries it by way of twin 1,550-hp Mercury Racing V8 engines. When dropped in the engine room of a boat that's lightweight construction leaves around 1,000 lbs (450 kg) of excess fat at the factory, that virile set of twins sends the boat soaring to speeds up to 135 mph (217 km/h). Not a bad seaworthy partner for a 503-hp V8 sports car that hits 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in a 3.7 seconds. In fact, it seems like the perfect candidate for a blockbuster movie's supervillain escape scene.
"We are thrilled to partner with the Mercedes-Benz high-performance brand again this year to design our fastest powerboat yet," says Skip Braver, Cigarette Racing's president and CEO. "Featuring the all new AMG-inspired Mercury racing engine, the 50 Marauder GT S Concept embodies our brand's commitment to innovation and craftsmanship."
On board, the focus is on occupant interfacing and comfort, which includes a next-generation Garmin and Cigarette navigation and audio system, computerized controls, Bluetooth connectivity and four HD displays. The color scheme of the handcrafted interior matches the exterior with Solarbeam yellow and black paint and marine grade black Alcantara trim.
Though the two partners call the boat a concept, they slap a $1.2 million price tag on the one-of-a-kind vessel. You might want to take a closer look at it, and the car that inspired it, in our gallery before committing to being the guy or gal to put that kind of money down.
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