LEXUS sport yacht concept brings luxury car design to the watercraft


LEXUS sport yacht concept: a brief for an open sport yacht for recreational day-touring with six to eight guests, powered by twin high-performance LEXUS V8s and with advanced styling and handling was handed to the LEXUS design center in toyota city, japan. the selected proposal continued to be refined throughout 2015 as the marine department engineered the construction and onboard marine systems. as a concept, the ‘sport yacht’ revealed at miami is a bespoke one-off project with no production intent.

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LEXUS sport yacht concept: a brief for an open sport yacht for recreational day-touring with six to eight guests, powered by twin high-performance LEXUS V8s and with advanced styling and handling was handed to the LEXUS design center in toyota city, japan. the selected proposal continued to be refined throughout 2015 as the marine department engineered the construction and onboard marine systems. as a concept, the ‘sport yacht’ revealed at miami is a bespoke one-off project with no production intent.

the concept is powered by twin 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engines based on the ‘2UR-GSE’ high-performance engine of the LEXUS ‘RC F‘ coupe. each engine produces 440 horsepower, driving the yacht at speeds up to 49 miles per hour (43 knots) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives. a bow-thruster with an intuitive joystick control aids in docking.

the design of the LEXUS sport yacht concept has the upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure, each piece a single massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with hand-laid woven carbon fiber cloth, a composite material called carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, or CRFP. this is the same technology used in the structure of racecars and supercars like the 202 mile per hour (325 km/h) 553 horsepower LEXUS ‘LFA’, high-performance military and civilian aircraft, competition skis and bicycles, and world-class racing sailboats.

the captain controls onboard systems from a color touchscreen panel at the helm; screens show GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems. the captain’s seat is power adjustable; the armrests fold out to become jump seats on each side for very special guests. the forward passenger cabin is finished in luxurious LEXUS leather with wood and glass details. a standing height, sofa seating for six with a table, and air conditioning create a comfortable environment for intimate entertaining. the galley features a two-burner stove, sink and under-counter refrigerator; plus a beautifully finished head including a shower.sport yacht

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