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Braver on Cigarette AMG: “Running Like a Dream”

About six months ago, Cigarette Racing Team made a big-splash with its AMG-inspired 46-footer powered by twin 1,350-hp turbocharged engines from Mercury Racing at the Miami International Boat Show. But since then, the boat has fallen off radar.

So where it is now?

“It’s right below me,” said Skip Braver, owner and chief executive officer of Cigarette Racing Team in Opa-Locka, Fla., whose office has a picture window that looks into the main plant. “I’ve been driving the heck out of it. We have over 100 hours on it. The boat is running like a dream. It handles like a 525 (Mercury Racing 525EFI engine) boat around the docks.”

The bigger question: How fast is it?

“I won’t give you that number,” said Braver. “But it goes faster than any production Cigarette has ever gone.”

According to a closely placed source, the public will get its first look at the Cigarette AMG in action today as part of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Fashion Week event.