Mercedes-Benz And Cigarette Racing Unveil New Collaboration
Their third collaboration was unveiled at the Miami Boat Show.
For Florida-based Cigarette Racing, undisputed kings of the go-fast powerboat world, going big meant featuring their newest flagship, the 18-metre Tirranna centre console. And powering it with six, yes six, of the latest 450-hp supercharged Mercury Racing 450R V8 outboards.
You do the math. That’s a combined 2,700 horsepower or 2013kW. Enough to punch this 18,000-kilogram, wave-pounding rocketship to a top speed of nearly 130km/h.
For Mercedes-Benz, nothing else would do for this, the 12th AMG-Cigarette special edition, than the big-box-on-wheels Mercedes-AMG G 63 sport-ute; the mighty G-Class. It packs 430kW from its thundering 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, with an exhaust that sounds like Godzilla.
To keep a visual connection, both Cigarette editions—Tirranna and G 63—share similar exterior colouring. That means menacing black metallic paint with a glitzy-gold AMG hache-tag design along the lower sections, and for the G, thin gold bands around the massive 22-inch forged rims.
And for the first time, both the Cigarette and G 63 share a similar interior design, with both cabins sumptuously-upholstered in glove-soft macchiato beige leather with dark blue leather inserts.
See the Tirranna at the dock and it looks huge. 18-metres from pointy bow to broad stern, 4.2-metres across the beam. That means enough space to party hard with up to 28 of your closest friends.
Launched last year to coincide with Cigarette’s 50th anniversary, the Tirranna gets its name from the Australian aboriginal translation for “running water.”
While the boat’s fully-loaded 18,000kg dry weight might sound on the hefty side, its advanced construction uses the latest weight-saving and stiffening techniques. That means plenty of carbon fibre in the superstructure, the swept-back hardtop and the hull stringers.
And to ensure the hull can handle those six hard-charging Merc V8s hanging off the stern, the entire transom is made from carbon fibre.
“Without a doubt this is the most exciting, most technically-advanced AMG Cigarette we’ve developed,” says Skip Braver, CEO of Cigarette Racing Team.
While the Tirranna AMG Edition is designed to be a speed demon, it’s also big on creature comforts.
“A buyer for this boat is likely to be a family guy who likes enjoying life with friends and family, and will use it more like a day boat for heading to lunch, or hanging on the hook at the sandbar,” explains Braver.
So there’s a huge open bow with seating and loungers for up to a dozen thrill-seekers; a big open back deck with space for another 10, and behind the console there are individual seats for eight.
Below decks there’s a forward settee that converts to a queen bed, a spacious head compartment with a separate shower. And everything is upholstered in classy Italian Poltrona Frau leather.
Time to fire-up the sextet of Mercs. Cigarette chief test driver Jim Secord has his hands on the throttles as we ease out of the tight Miami Boat Show dock.
“It may be 59 feet but this is probably the easiest boat in our range to maneuver,” says Secord giving quick bursts of the bow and stern thrusters to spin the Tirranna around on its axis.
Even though the swells are rolling in, the Seakeeper 9 giro stabilizer keeps the Cigarette level. Perfect for ensuring no margaritas ever spill.
As with previous AMG-Cigarette Editions, Skip Braver plans to build just one Tirranna AMG Edition. And right now the show boat is still for sale, for a cool $3 million.
As for the stunning, one-off AMG G 63 Cigarette Edition sport-ute parked alongside the Tirranna at Cigarette’s Miami show dock, Braver smiles. “That would look really good in our showroom. I might just buy it.”
This year’s Miami International Boat Show runs through Monday, February 17 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin. For more information, visit the Miami Boat Show website.
Check out more pictures of the dream machines below: