The 42-foot Cigarette Huntress is expected to create more than a ripple at the show, when she makes her debut in front of an expert audience on 14 February. Taking the concept of surf and turf one step further, the engineering and design of the sea-going Huntress were inspired by the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. The Cigarette Racing Team has fitted out the powerboat with an extremely durable superstructure, lightweight components and race-rigging for an undoubtedly exhilarating salt-splashed ride: and added to all that is a long list of luxurious furnishings for bespoke comfort at sea.
The sleek and speedy craft takes its cues from the AMG-enhanced G-Class SUV of Mercedes-Benz, an all-terrain vehicle which delivers 536HP and 560lb ft of torque. The purist among off-roaders retains a classic ladder frame, three electrically controlled differential locks and a rigid axle; plus enough features for a dose of mud-spattered luxury in any terrain.
As a marine interpretation of the 'G', the Huntress was designed with an eye both to cruising along sedately and pounding the waves at full throttle. The power to do so comes from five mounted, outboard Mercury Racing Verado 350SCi engines which, according to the specs, allow a top speed of 78mph.
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