No, that isn’t a typo in the headline: Mercedes-Benz AMG and American boat outfit Cigarette Racing have teamed up to make something quite incredible: a speedboat that shares its powertrain with the crazy SLS AMG E-Cell, packs more than 2221 horsepower, and produces no emissions.
The boat is the product of a partnership between Mercedes-Benz AMG and Cigarette that’s been going on for six years now. Since the inception of the partnership, Cigarette has built a number of boats that inspired by AMG creations like the SLS AMG and G63 AMG sport utility vehicle, but this new boat goes a step further.
Dubbed the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept, the first thing you’ll notice is its color —t he eye-searing yellow-green paintjob is the same as the color on the SLS AMG E-Cell concept we’ve seen a few times now. Noisy as that paint job is, the powertrain is remarkably silent. The Electric Drive boat uses 12 liquid-cooled motors pulled straight from the SLS AMG E-Cell parts bin, and channels them through two transmissions. As the SLS E-Cell uses one motor per wheel, the Cigarette makes three times the power of its road-going inspiration. The SLS AMG E-Cell puts out 740 hp and 730 lb-ft of torque, while the Cigarette boasts 2221 hp and 2213 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to propel the 38-foot speedboat up to “at least 99 mph” in the water. To keep the boat in motion, Cigarette installed four lithium-ion battery packs comprising a total of 3456 cells and 240 kWh; to put that in perspective, the largest battery pack available for the Tesla Model S is 85 kWh, and the SLS AMG E-Cell has 60 kWh of energy on board.
Cigarette won’t say how long those batteries will last, but it does say that the boat is easier to charge than you’d think. The pack can be charged in just seven hours using the 44 kW on-board chargers and the standard electrical connections available at most marinas. If you’re always in a hurry, Cigarette can add two more chargers for a price. Just, uh, don’t get that charger wet.
How much will all this cost? It’s probably best you don’t ask, because none of this technology comes cheap. While we don’t know how much you’ll have to shell out to make one of these yours, or if Cigarette even plans on offering this beast to consumers, but if you want to at least lay eyes on the electro-boat, head down to the Miami International Boat Show, which opens today.