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2018-04-16

Boat International – The coolest yacht and luxury car crossovers

Pretty much every premium car brand has taken the plunge in recent years and revealed a high-profile yachting collaboration. We round up some of the most prominent examples from around the world starting with the Axopar Brabus Shadow 800.

Pretty much every premium car brand has taken the plunge in recent years and revealed a high-profile yachting collaboration. We round up some of the most prominent examples from around the world starting with the Axopar Brabus Shadow 800.

Launched at the 2018 Düsseldorf boat show, this fresh collaboration sees the Finnish dayboat specialist team up with the German car tuning brand that has worked with Mercedes-Benz for more than 40 years. The result is an 11.2 metre speed machine that is being limited to an initial run of 20 hulls, with the first one due to serve as a chase boat for a 40 metre superyacht.

Brabus founder Bodo Buschmann explained that this project is the borne of a lifelong passion for yachting: "I'm a boat owner at heart, my family has always been boat owners. Driving a big yacht today is like driving a big house — there's no thrill in it. We want to reinvent luxury dayboating."

The superyacht ethos has certainly influenced this project as each Axopar Brabus Shadow 800 will be fitted with a 45-inch LG TV, leather seats made by Brabus and lashings of carbon fibre to finish off the look. Best of all, owners can expect exhilarating performance at speeds in excess of 50 knots thanks to a pair of 400hp Mercury Racing outboard engines.