If Mercedes and Aston Martin Got in a Yacht Fight, Who'd Win?

The luxury carmakers’ ridiculous new boats, by the numbers

By The Editors

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19 April 2016

Although Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz have partnered up in the recent past, the longtime luxury automakers are still competitors at heart.

If a pair of recently announced yachts is any measure, that competitive spirit extends to the seas as well as the roads.

After Aston Martin and Quintessence Yachts announced they’d teamed up to launch the new AM37 powerboat, it surfaced that the Arrow460–Granturismo luxury motor yacht from Mercedes and Silver Arrows Marine had made its maiden voyage off the coast of Nice.

Here’s the tale of the tape:


Images via Aston Martin/Mercedes-Benz

SpecAston Martin AM37Mercedes Arrow460–Granturismo
Length37 feet long46.5 feet long
Engine typeDual gas or diesel enginesDual diesel engines
Color schemeWood paneling over royal blueBladerunner chrome
Horsepower1,140, 860 and 740 HP versions960 HP
Max speed52 knots38 knots
AmenitiesAir conditioning, generator, underwater lights, cocktail bar, sun beds, sliding deck systemAir conditioning, generator, JBL and BOSE sound system, built-in chilled wine storage
Most innovative featureA fingerprint recognition system ensures only authorized users can sailRetractable windows and windscreens provide 360° views
Max capacityMaximum capacity of eightMaximum capacity of 10
PricePricing information unavailableAnticipated price of at least $1.7m
In their own words“The boat represents the ideal combination of luxurious and technical materials, generating a powerful yet understated finished product. A beautiful shape is critical to a product’s success but it must also have drama.”- Aston Martin creative officer Marek Reichman“The yacht embodies the Mercedes-Benz’s progressive, dynamic design philosophy of sensual purity on the water. Or, to put it another way, it is hot and cool in one, and stands for emotion and intelligence.”- Daimler AG design VP Gorden Wagener

Winner: Although the Mercedes will be more rarefied (they plan on making just 50), we’ll take the Aston. Its timeless wood-over-blue color scheme beats out the sci-fi silhouette of its adversary, and the fact that it can be equipped with enough horsepower to push 60 knots (the S version can be customized with dual 600-horsepower engines) makes it one of the most powerful luxury yachts to hit the water. And when you’re talking Aston Martin v. Mercedes, power matters.

Main and social image via Mercedes-Benz

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