The project was first announced in September 2012 and was recently on display at a design exhibition in Porto Montenegro, along with other products from the studio’s portfolio.
Now Mercedes-Benz Style – the product- and industrial design- focused subsidiary fo the German carmaker – has presented the final interior and exterior images of the luxury motor yacht, named “ARROW460 – Granturismo”.
The aesthetic influences from the automotive world are particularly evident in the design of the profiles and glazed areas, with a descending shoulder line matched by the coupé-inspired DLO contour and a large, sloped windshield seamlessly flowing into the panoramic roof.
The final renderings along with a 2-meter design model have been revealed at the Premiering at the Monaco Yacht Show (25-28 September 2013).
Below we report the official comments and details on the design.
From the official Press Release:
“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.”
“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 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.
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-meter 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 compartmentalized 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.
ARROW460 – Granturismo – Technical specifications
- Overall length 14.14 metres
- Hull length 13.85 metres
- Draft 0.93 metres
- Maximum beam 3.97 metres
- Maximum displacement 13.58 tonnes
- Fuel tank capacity 1200 litres
- Water tank capacity 500 litres
- Engines 2 Yanmar 6LY3-ETP diesel engines each developing 353 kW (480 hp)
- Cruising speed 28 to 30 knots (in calm seas)
- Top speed 40+ knots (in light ship conditions)
- Design category Class B
Mercedes-Benz Style line-up
The first design project, the Eurocopter EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style, was launched in 2011, and accounts for four deliveries to date. Production of the fifth order has already begun.
Other products on display include the comprehensive furniture collection created by designers of Mercedes-Benz together with the Formitalia Luxury Group.
These highly attractive furniture items have been on sale since their world premiere at the Milan Furniture Show in April 2013.
An essential feature of the furniture collection is the unique design, which is characterized by its individuality. Ideal proportions and the use of shapes and surfaces in a way which is typical for Mercedes-Benz Style, illustrates modern ease and avant-garde.
All models display the hallmark Mercedes lines and combine the unmistakable look with the innovative surfaces, colours and structures of select materials.
The all new Mercedes-Benz Style Leather and Luggage Collecion produced by the French TWC-L’Amy Group is displayed on preview and will celebrate its market premiere at the end of 2013.
(Source: Mercedes-Benz Style)