Lexus in partnership with Toyota’s Marine Division engineering team have come up with a 42-foot (12.7m) luxury yacht concept which has been built as a one-off by Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in WI, USA.
“This concept for a Lexus Sport Yacht allowed us to explore how Lexus design language could be applied to a maritime lifestyle,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, executive vice president of Lexus International.
And apparently it translates very well. All woodwork,
upholstery (there is seating for eight), and cabinetry were made in Italy and
then shipped to Wisconsin. The exterior was inspired by the brands LFAsupercar. The yachts lines run flawlessly from the front to the back of the
boat, with a hostile looking forefoot with only smooth rounded edges “The lines
of the boat are never interrupted,” said Sawa. head of design at Lexus, “They
just flow from one end to the other.”
The boat runs on twin 5.0-liter V-8 gasoline engines that
thrusts the boat forward with a max speed of 49 mph (43 knots) and a total of
885 horsepower. What differentiates the Sport Yacht from other similar sized
boats is that the hull is made entirely from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic
instead of the usual fiberglass reinforced plastic saving about 2,200 pounds or
“No boat this size has ever had anything resembling the complexity of this yacht,” Josh Delforge, Marquis’ vice president of design, said in Miami. “It’s touchscreen everything, so all systems can also be controlled by an iPad. You’d find this same type of system on a custom super yacht.”
There is a 7-inch color touchscreen built into the steering wheel which controls everything from the GPS navigation, to digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems. There is even an integrated audio-video entertainment system that is fully networked, with 4G WiFi & WAN.
As if that wasn’t enough the newest version of the concept yacht will be 65 feet and fit up to 15 people.
Unfortunately, the boat is not yet on the market, but expected to hit the US in late 2019 and Japan in 2020.