Premiering at the Monaco Yacht Show from 25 to 28 September 2013, one year after the presentation of the first design drafts, Mercedes-Benz Style and Silver Arrows Marine are presenting the final exterior and interior design of their new luxury motor yacht – the ARROW460 – Granturismo.
The motor yacht combines hallmark design features of Mercedes-Benz automobiles with unrivalled innovations in the boat building industry. The result is a fascinating luxury yacht offering a new dimension in aesthetics and comfort. At the Monaco Yacht Show Mercedes-Benz Style and Silver Arrows Marine will present a two-metre long model and detailed renderings of the 14-metre long ‘Granturismo of the seas’. Silver Arrows Marine is also opening its order book for the Edition 1, a special limited-numbers launch edition to mark the arrival of the ARROW460 – Granturismo. In addition to the model yacht, Mercedes-Benz Style is showing its entire product portfolio at the Upper Deck Lounge of the Monaco Yacht Show.
“This new motor yacht with its emotional and high-tech features embodies our Mercedes-Benz design philosophy of sensual purity and is a perfect expression of modern luxury,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design at Daimler AG. “Under the label Mercedes-Benz Style we develop highly exclusive design products beyond the automobile, thereby bringing our sensual, clear and progressive design idiom, into other spheres of life.”
Exterior design: expressive surfaces perfectly harmonise with dynamic lines for a striking and progressive overall appeal
“We have created something unique with the ARROW460 – Granturismo. I am convinced that for many years to come the yacht will be an eye-catching addition to the seas and yacht marinas of the world,” says Ron Gibbs, Chairman of Silver Arrows Marine Ltd.
The final design impresses with its clear contours and smooth surfaces as an expression of refined sportiness. The muscular, stretched hull symbolises the sensual purity of the design: dynamic but not aggressive, sophisticated but not subject to fashion. With its long foredeck, a flowing, arched roofline and a slightly descending rear, the design is inspired by classic automobile proportions.
A feature line descending gently towards the stern distinguishes the yacht’s profile in just the same way the hallmark Mercedes “dropping line” distinguishes the cars. The concave and convex interaction along the entire flank creates a hull that conveys both dynamism and serenity. Underlining the yacht’s design uniqueness, the bow section is upright and emphatically three-dimensional. The overall composition is accentuated by elegantly styled yet functional fittings while attention to detail is second to none. The handrails, for example are perfectly integrated into the exterior.
Interior design: innovative space concept with exquisite materials
The guiding hand of the automobile designers is also evident in the interior. The hallmark values of a Mercedes-Benz automobile predominate here: comfort and a familiar feeling of a Mercedes-Benz interior. Complementing exquisite materials such as nubuck leather and eucalyptus wood panelling, as well as sophisticated colour combinations. Mercedes-Benz designers have developed an innovative space concept for up to ten passengers. The concept combines the characteristics of an open boat, with its close connection to the sea and the sky, with those of a cabin cruiser with a generous interior space and more private areas.
The 14-metre long Granturismo is therefore suitable for both day trips and overnight excursions. The yacht offers outstanding versatility. The large side windows slide open and the front window can be raised, allowing passengers to sit comfortably inside, but still enjoy an all-round view and the feeling of being outside. The glazing automatically controls light penetration depending on the intensity of the sun. The yacht decking is made out of a high-tech synthetic material which enabled the designers to create an entirely new look.
The generously dimensioned interior dispenses with a traditional motor yacht’s compartmentalisied layout and instead features a multifunctional and largely open-plan area. Dining table and bed slide into position as and when they are required. Superior comfort and total privacy are assured by a luxurious bathroom unit and separate utility-room. The special Edition 1 version comes with every feature an owner could wish for as standard. Apart from air conditioning and a premium audio system, the yacht will be equipped with a wine “cellar” and an ice-making machine.
The ARROW460 – Granturismo is powered by two diesel engines developing 353 kW (480 hp) each. The yacht is being launched with the Edition 1 model which will be built as a limited edition of ten units. This exclusive version of the “Granturismo of the seas” can be ordered directly from Silver Arrows Marine at a price of € 1.25 million (plus VAT). The first units will be delivered to customers in early 2015.