Mercedes-Benz and Cigarette Racing reveal SLS AMG-inspired racing boat

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 29, 2010

The AMG Cigarette Racing Boat was introduced at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show held recently, according to a report from AMG Private Lounge.

In the past three years, AMG (Mercedes-Benz' performance arm) and the Cigarette Racing team have been in several collaborations.

This racing boat, which was developed in a two-year period offers 2,700hp, the result of the two Mercury Racing twin-turbocharged 552 cubic-inch engines attached to the boat. A Cigarette company official revealed that the boat has more than 100 technical innovations.

There is of course, the enhanced shape and weight reduction. The official said that while horsepower is the driving force, you have to look at the complete package.

The 46-foot boat has a top speed of over 130 mph (208 km/h) and boasts to have hand-applied AMG Alubem silver paint, which was used as well on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.

Designo Mystic Whyte metallic paint stripes complete the look. Passengers will surely be amazed at the marine-grade upholstery, inspired from the SLS AMG's white napa leather and AMG Design porcelain. During this event, a car -- Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG for the first time took part in the boat show.

Press Release

SLS AMG Inspires New Cigarette Racing Boat

Two legendary performance brands – Mercedes AMG and Cigarette Racing – unveiled a custom Cigarette Racing boat and the SLS AMG, which inspired its design, at a special preview at the Miami International Boat Show on Thursday, February 11. Both the Cigarette Boat and SLS AMG are on display at the boat show until Monday, February 15, 2010.

While each brand's playground is as different as asphalt and water, both AMG and Cigarette use their racing expertise to develop high performance machines for passionate enthusiasts.

Available this May, the 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG was developed exclusively by Mercedes-AMG, the high performance and motorsports division of Mercedes-Benz. Featuring a lightweight aluminum spaceframe chassis, hand built 563-hp AMG V8 engine and signature "Gullwing" doors, the SLS AMG is sure to quicken the pulse of high-performance enthusiasts.

Founded upon mutual respect and product admiration, Mercedes-AMG and Cigarette Racing have developed a long-standing professional relationship, allowing Mercedes-AMG to provide manufacturing expertise and materials to enhance one of Cigarette Racing's top models, the 46' Rider.

The new Cigarette 46' Rider features hand-applied AMG ALUBEAM silver paintwork also available on the SLS AMG. This process, used exclusively by AMG, covers body surfaces like a metallic skin, targeting light reflections to further emphasize exterior character lines and design details. Showcasing the state of the art nanotechnology, this unique finish imbeds tiny pigments of color measuring just 30 to 50 nanometres. The ALUBEAM silver is contrasted with AMG Designo Mystic White metallic in a bold design echoing the Mercedes-AMG logo. Inside, the boat features marine-grade upholstery that resembles the two-tone AMG Designo porcelain and white Nappa leather offered on the SLS AMG.

While many of the influences of the SLS AMG can be seen in the exterior paint work and interior, the true benefits of the inspiration can be found below the surface. With more than 100 innovations on display, the all new 46' Rider serves as a technology showcase for Cigarette.

From the propulsion system to the rigging, a clean sheet approach was utilized to build the all new 46' Cigarette.

Powered by a pair of revolutionary twin-turbocharged 552 ci, 1350 HP Mercury Racing engines, the 46' Cigarette is estimated to have a top speed in excess of 130 MPH.

More details on the Cigarette Racing "Inspired by AMG" 46' Rider can be found online at

About Cigarette Racing

Since 1969, Cigarette Racing Team has left an everlasting mark on the worldwide luxury powerboating industry. Its logo and iconic shapes are recognized throughout the world as the definition of custom high performance powerboating. The brand is renowned for its custom approach to building high performance luxury powerboats in which every customer's personal touch can be seen. Cigarette's long history and dedication to quality are on display all around the world being driven by presidents and enthusiasts alike. From 38' to 50' Cigarette Racing defines the industry of High Performance powerboating. More information can be found on Cigarette Racing at

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA, headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. For more than 40 years, MBUSA has taken pride in its commitment to the customer by providing superior quality luxury vehicles coupled with outstanding customer support. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at and

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