Ducati takes AMG's place with special edition Cigarette speedboat

Cigarette 42X Ducati Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

To most people, two may be company, but three's a crowd. If you're looking for real performance, though, a little menage-a-trois could be just what the proverbial doctor ordered. Case in point: Mercedes AMG, Ducati and the Cigarette Racing Team. One makes muscle-bound automobiles, the other some of the fastest sport bikes in the business, while the third makes speed boats that'll outrun just about anything on the water. Strange bedfellows? We'd call them kindred spirits, and they've all jumped in to bed together.

AMG and Ducati, as you may recall, shacked up together in Los Angeles last year when they announced their partnership in the MotoGP series. AMG partnered in similar fashion with the Cigarette Racing Team in Miami, where they presented a special liveried offshore racing boat at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show. Now the nautical equivalent of the Detroit Auto Show is coming around again, but this time it's Ducati and Cigarette that are getting wet, and this is their love-child.

In the place of the 2,700-horsepower 46-foot AMG version from last year, the Cigarette 42X Ducati Edition is a 42-foot speed boat with a pair of 1,100hp Mercury Racing engines capable of speeds in excess of 120 miles per hour. That's fast no matter which way you look at it, but on the open water it's insanity in fiberglass. Cigarette says it's included a number of innovative new features in the boat's design, but Ducati's participation seems largely confined to the badass paint scheme. Follow the jump for the full press release, and check out the images in the gallery below.

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Miami, FL (17 February 2011) - Ducati and Cigarette Racing Team unveiled today the new Cigarette Racing 42X Ducati Edition at the Miami International Boat Show; launching a collaboration between two legends of marine and motorcycle performance.

The two performance icons have chosen to unveil the new model on Cigarette Racing Team's home turf in Florida; and the 42X Ducati Edition delivers everything aficionados have come to expect from the performance brands. With literally dozens of championships between the two companies, the 42X Ducati Edition comes from an unmatched performance heritage.

"We are delighted to team up with Cigarette Racing Team, the Ducati of the sea. This new 42X Ducati Edition brings together the two legends of performance, design and racing heritage. I am very excited to announce this exciting boat, and feel we have found an excellent new partner in the team at Cigarette Racing." said Gabriele Del Torchio, President and CEO of Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A.

"We are very proud to announce our partnership with one of the world's greatest high performance, design and lifestyle brands: Ducati. The relationship between Ducati and Cigarette Racing allows two incredible high performance brands to showcase our passions together in complimentary ways. Ducati is the only motorcycle brand that fits the performance and lifestyle expectations of Cigarette's customers." Said Skip Braver, CEO of Cigarette Racing Team.

The 42X Ducati Edition will feature a massive 2,200 horsepower rating from a pair of staggered 1,100hp Mercury Racing engines. The livery of the model is pure Ducati, in white with a Ducati Red racing stripe. A white interior boasting red accents features a specially designed stereo from JL Audio. The 42 foot hull boasts an eight foot beam; completing this astonishing 120+mph package.

The Cigarette Racing Team's "Ménage of Motorsports" display will feature the 42X Ducati Edition throughout the five days of the Miami International Boat Show.

For more information on the 42X Ducati Edition or to purchase this boat, please contact the Cigarette Racing Team at +1.305.931.4564 or visit them online at www.cigaretteracing.com

About Cigarette Racing Team:

Cigarette Racing Team is the icon of performance boating as many people refer to ANY go-fast boat as a CIGARETTE. Cigarette Racing was founded in 1969 by Don Aronow, the notorious "Godfather of Powerboat Racing" who won numerous World Championship titles, and raised the
profile of the company through racing and his association with celebrities, presidents and kings who were customers and friends. In 2002, the company was bought by Skip Braver, who focused on building Cigarettes with top-quality, safety and style. His efforts and a renewed international dealer network have restored Cigarette to its original status as the brand leader in luxury and performance. A Cigarette is not just a powerboat, it is a lifestyle.

About Ducati:

Founded in 1926, Ducati has been producing sport-inspired motorcycles since 1946. Their motorcycles are characterised by "Desmodromic" performance engines, innovative design and avant-garde technology. Covering several market segments, Ducati's range of motorcycles are
divided into model families which include: Desmosedici RR, Hypermotard, Monster, Multistrada, Streetfighter, Superbike and the brand new Diavel. These authentic icons of "made in Italy" are sold in over 80 countries around the world, with concentration on the European, North-American and Japanese markets. Ducati is currently involved in both the World Superbike Championship and, with an official team, the World MotoGP Championship. In Superbike Ducati has won 16 of the last 20 Manufacturers' titles as well as 13 Riders' titles. Ducati have participated in MotoGP since 2003, and took both the Manufacturers' and Riders' titles in 2007.

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