Motor Boat Award Winner 2022


14.02.2022 - For the first time the BRABUS Shadow 900 XC Cross Cabin won the 2022 Motor Boat Award in the Sports Utility Vessels (SUVs) category. Jurors of the annual competition hosted by renowned British marine magazine Motor Boat & Yachting tested our flagship model through various sea trials and assessed its performance in meeting the requirements of its target market with regard to its size, price point and style.

“A peerless combination of practical Axopar underpinnings, lashings of sinister BRABUS glamour and performance to knock your socks off.” – Jury statement, Motor Boat Awards 2022 

In the winning statement, Chairman of the jury and editor of MBY, Hugo Andreae, praised the BRABUS Shadow 900 XC for its confident ‘year-round fast cruising capability’ and ‘easy performance’. He furthermore concludes: ‘The twin 450 Mercury Racing outboards make cruising at 40 knots feel almost compulsory and we have rarely been at the helm of a boat that makes 60 knots feel so normal.’    

The BRABUS Shadow 900 XC is not just about supreme handling and raw-edged performance, but ultimately versatile and the ideal superyacht shadow boat. To quote the jury once more: ‘it’s incredibly functional and just as happy loading up with water toys as it is ferrying VIP’s from the quayside to the bathing platform as a superyacht chase boat.’

Winning this renowned award in the category SUVs is a great achievement, underlining the origins of this confident and stylish performer. Fully living and breathing the BRABUS supercar DNA, the BRABUS Shadow 900 truly is the SUV of the sea and the ‘ultimate user-friendly superboat’, in the words of the judges.
Jan-Erik Viitala, Axopar and BRABUS Marine founding partner, commented on this achievement: ‘The BRABUS Shadow 900 XC Cross Cabin is bringing out the best of both worlds, functionality and style fused with the strong presence of luxury, power and performance of a BRABUS product. We are so delighted that the jury has recognized what our close collaboration with the world leading supercar manufacturer is all about.’

‘I believe it is one of our greatest achievements at BRABUS Marine so far and I’m super proud of winning that price. Thank you very much to Motor Boat & Yachting for making us one of the three finalists and choosing us as a winner. An absolutely magnificent boat, one of the best ones we’ve built so far and there is more to come.’ – Constantin Buschmann, CEO BRABUS GmbH

the BRABUS Shadow 900 series

The third generation of BRABUS Marine day boats includes the BRABUS Shadow 900 and Shadow 900 XC Cross Cabin as well as their respective BRABUS Shadow 900 and Shadow 900 XC Cross Cabin Black  Ops limited editions – defined by exclusivity, confident marine performance and next-level on board luxury no matter the destination. 

This determined line of power cruisers ensures an instant 1-Second Wow factor with its signature ‘Black and Bold’ design cues and unmatched go-anywhere capabilities. Courtesy of Mercury Marine's twin 450R Verado XL 4,6-liter V8 four-stroke engines producing a combined 900 hp, the boat gets both its name and an unrelenting top speed of over 60 knots.

More about this YEar motor boat Award

The Motor Boat Awards are one of the most renowned international boating awards in the industry, held annually since 2007 by Motor Boat & Yachting. An expert jury is thoroughly testing hundreds of boats over months on rigorous sea trials to see how well the boats are meeting the market requirements and demands in relation to size, design and ability, and value for money - taking the boat buyer’s interests very closely to heart.

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