If you have a thing for speed and disregard for money; this 46 foot, 1,350 horsepower, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG-inspired Cigarette boat can be yours for a cool $1.2 million USD. Perfect for smuggling keys of coke, enterprising drug barons should take note: it’s flashy, fast and expensive. What more could you want!?
46′ MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG CIGARETTE BOAT
List Price – 900,000 Euros
Length – 46 feet (14 meters)
Cruising speed – 95.6 knots (110 mph / 177km.h)
Max speed – 117 knots (134.6 mph / 216.6 km/h)
MERCURY RACING ENGINE
– Mercury Racing twin-turbocharged, quad-cam, 4-valve engines
– 1,350 HP, fuel-efficient, turbo-charged
– Runs on 92-Octane pump gas
– Mercury Racing’s newest and most highly technical engine to date
– Unique 4-stroke turbo design that does not require traditional headers
– Integral water-jacketed cast exhaust manifolds off the block eliminates a major aspect of engine rigging and maintenance
CIGARETTE BOATS– The cigarette boat or go-fast boat is a small fast boat designed with a long narrow platform and a planing hull to enable it to reach high speeds. Originally these boats were called “rum-runners” because during the era of Prohibition they were used to transfer rum from larger vessels waiting outside the territorial waters of the United States
– More recently the term “cigarette boat” has replaced the term “rum-runner” when similar boats were used to smuggle cigarettes between Canada and the United States. The present era of cigarette boats, dating from the Sixties, owes much of their design to boats designed for offshore powerboat racing, particularly by designer and builder Donald Aronow. During this period, these boats were used by drug smugglers to transfer drugs across the Caribbean to the United States
– Don Aronow became involved in powerboat endurance racing in the early 1960s. He founded Formula Marine, Donzi Marine, Magnum Marine, Cigarette Racing Team, Squadron XII and USA Racing. Aronow formed the Cigarette Racing Team in 1969 with Nick Beauchamp. He had a World Championship win in an unusual 32′ Cary race boat called “The Cigarette”.