At the Miami Boat Show, Mercedes-Benz’s performance subsidiary, Mercedes-AMG, unveiled its latest—and 12th—collaboration with Florida-based luxury speedboat manufacturer Cigarette Racing. The $3.3 million, black and gold, 59’ Tirranna AMG Edition is inspired by the design of Benz’s potent and rectilinear G63 SUV. It is, as its name suggests, nearly 60 feet long, massive by power boat standards, with seating for 26 people, and a private cabin below deck. It thus defies definition. Is it a mini-yacht? Is it a super-console? The best answer, as with our favorite luxury items, is, all of the above.
Since Cigarette is known for its powerboats, we should address power first. The Tirranna is propelled by a sextet of supercharged, 4.6-liter Mercury Racing V8 engines. Each of these hulking motors, which hang off the back of the boat in formation like a phalanx, produces 450 hp, for a total of 2700 hp. For comparison, that’s about as much power as is made by twenty Toyota Corollas. But that kind of brute force is necessary to get this beast up to its top speed, which is 82 mph.
Most boats would feel skittery at such speeds, but, in our experience on Miami’s waterways for the boat’s launch, though we only topped out at around 75 mph, the Cigarette-AMG felt remarkably planted. This is in part because this boat, at 40,000 lbs, is made for crushing through waves. It’s also because this one features lightweight carbon fiber construction in the upper portions of the structure—like in the rakish canopy—in order to lower the center of gravity. And because of a special, $100,000 onboard gyrostabilizer that reduces roll by around 80%. Also, when you’re going that fast, physics has a hard time catching up.
Being a Mercedes-AMG collaboration, the boat is also luxuriously outfitted. Upstairs, that means a seamless, giant LCD instrument panel, similar to the ones in Mercedes’ vehicles, but coated with a heat-blocking and anti-reflective surface to limit glare and allow for extended use in sunny weather. There’s also a 5200-watt sound system, with 29 speakers, so you can blast the latest Galcher Lustwerk for your onboard dance party. And in case your co-revelers get hungry, there’s a built-in kitchen in the rear that features a sink, a giant grill, and some storage for your Impossible Burgers and bottles of Clase Azul. The seats back there power together to form a giant lounge bench, and an electrically-retractable awning can cover the area behind the cockpit for extra shade. And up in the bow, a pair of tables can be hydraulically powered up from in the floor so you have a place to put down your plate.
But perhaps you’re not feeling particularly social. In that case, you can retreat to the skylit, six-windowed cabin below deck. Cerulean and beige leather line the couch and California king bed downstairs, and there’s also cabinets, the de rigueur giant flat-screen TV, and a full bath with a shower. For additional privacy, there are blinds on the skylights so the upstairs revelers will not interrupt your reverie.
And for those of you who like to be matchy-matchy on sea and land, Mercedes-AMG has also created a singular Cigarette Racing edition of their 577 hp, $150,000 G63, with a similar paint job and interior trim, and floor mats with Cigarette embroidered on them. We did not attempt to drive the G63 onboard the boat to join the party, but, planted, handsome, and powerful, we felt like it would fit right in.