Cigarette Racing Boat Inspired by AMG – Click above for high-res image

There have been a lot of non-auto vehicles that have graced the pages of Autoblog. We regularly cover bikes, and occasionally other modes of transportation as well. We even cover the occasional boat, especially if it has ties to the automotive industry. We've seen amphibious cars, catamarans, yachts, sailboats, and even wooden boats that look like cars. None of those, however, capture our attention as much as speed boats. Whether inspired by Chevrolet, Jaguar, Ferrari, Spyker, Porsche, Audi or Lancia, they set our hearts aflutter just as much as their landbound dopplegangers. Now we can add Mercedes-Benz to the mix.

Set to launch at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show in February is this sleek Cigarette Racing boat. The new craft is said to be inspired by the 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, although the concept sketch they've provided us doesn't show any gullwing hatches. We're not sure if it will be powered by AMG engines, but the 42-plus-foot boat is expected to be good for 120 mph with its twin staggered powerplants. Cigarette says their newest offshore racer "will feature more than 100 innovations included in the design, development and rigging of the boat."

We can't wait to see the real thing in the water early next year. Until then, you can read the full press release after the jump and click above for a larger image.

[Source: Mercedes-Benz]


PRESS RELEASE

MERCEDES AMG AND CIGARETTE RACING JOIN FORCES

New Cigarette Racing Boat Inspired by AMG – Set to Launch at 2010 Miami Boat Show


MONTVALE – Two legendary performance brands -- Mercedes AMG and Cigarette Racing -- have joined forces to create a custom Cigarette Racing boat that will be unveiled with its inspiration, the SLS AMG, on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at the Miami International Boat Show. Both the Cigarette Boat and SLS AMG will be on display until Monday, February 15, 2010 at the boat show.

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. Taking direct inspiration from the all-new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG super sports car, the new Cigarette AMG offshore racer will feature more than 100 innovations included in the design, development and rigging of the boat.

The lightweight design – To maximize performance, safety and efficiency, innovative building techniques were employed to ensure the hull is as strong and light as possible.

Innovative Hull design - Cigarette Racing has incorporated lessons learned from its 170+ MPH race boat into the hull design to offer a fast and smooth ride in the most demanding conditions.

Technology Advancements – Revolutionary technology will be on display in the Inspired by AMG Cigarette Boat. From the boats paint to its electronics to its power plants, every component of this boat has been chosen specifically to enhance the driving experience.

Efficiency - With a lightweight design and special attention being paid to aerodynamics and power plants, this boat will be the most efficient ever produced in its class

Length - More than 42'
Top speed - 120+ MPH
Power - Twin Staggered Engines HP-TBA

The countdown to the unveiling can be found at: www.cigaretteracing.com/legendary
For additional details on Cigarette Racing visit: www.cigaretteracing.com


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.


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 www.mbusa.com and www.maybachusa.com.