Yanmar’s six-cylinder 6LY3-ETP diesel engine has been selected by Silver Arrows Marine to power its distinctive, new, 14m Arrow 460 Granturismo motor yacht, which has been designed by Mercedes-Benz-Style. A pair of the 5.8 litre units, each developing 480hp, gives the pre-production craft a maximum speed of approximately 40 knots and 26 knots for cruising.

The yacht, named Mercedes, is described by Silver Arrows as “a complete re-imagining” of luxury yachts in its category. She is the product of four years’ development by Silver Arrows Marine, a UK builder of innovative luxury yachts, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz. Yanmar is a technical partner in the project.

The design of the yacht, with its long foredeck above a planing hull with a narrowly tapered freeboard, arched roofline and gently dipping rear, deliberately evokes the feel of today’s Mercedes cars. Beyond looks, an important part of the “sensual purity” of the design concept is smoothness and efficiency in operation. This is one reason why Silver Arrows Marine chose Yanmar’s refined and efficient engines to power the project.

Silver Arrows Yanmar Yanmar powers Mercedes styled motor yacht

“We know that Yanmar is a reliable company, with a philosophy that matches our thinking,” says Silver Arrows Marine CEO Jacopo Spadolini. “The Kaizen philosophy (of continual improvement) drives the strategies of both companies,” he states.

The spokesperson continues: “Another very important aspect is that the after-sales and assistance provided by the brand can be found all around the marine world. The Yanmar service points are extremely efficient, with very skilled engineers.”

The choice of Yanmar was reinforced by the fact that its marine engines are all purpose-designed for marine applications. For Silver Arrows Marine that ruled out competing marine engine brands whose product offering is largely automotive-derived.

After its launch on France’s Côte d’Azure in April, « Mercedes » is expected to be commissioned in June ahead of going into full production later this year. Looking ahead: “Building on our relationship with Yanmar, Silver Arrows Marine plans to create a new collaboration for engines that will be launched in the future ,” the boat company reveals.