Lexus has unveiled a new sport yacht concept that showcases how the luxury automotive brand could expand into recreation and lifestyle areas. The concept features advanced Lexus styling and handling, and accommodates six to eight guests. As a concept, the Lexus Sport Yacht is a bespoke one-off project with no plan for production yet.
It is powered by twin high-performance Lexus V8 engines and was inspired by the Toyota Marine Department’s development of a new range of Ponam premium yachts that will soon be launched in Japan.
It is also powered by twin 5.0-litre V8 petrol engines based on the 2UR-GSE high-performance engine featured in the Lexus RC F coupe, the GS F Sport sedan and the new LC 500 luxury coupe.
Each engine produces over 328kW to drive the yacht at speeds up to 43 knots through a pair of hydraulically-controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives. A bow-thruster with joystick control aids in docking.
The upper deck and outer hull are seamlessly bonded around the inner structure. Each piece is a single massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with carbon-fibre reinforced plastic, or CFRP – the same technology used in the Lexus LFA supercar, race cars, high-performance aircraft, competition skis and bicycles, and world-class racing sailboats.
The captain controls and monitors on-board systems from a colour touchscreen panel at the helm. Screens show GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems.
The forward passenger cabin is finished in luxurious Lexus leather with wood and glass details. A six-zzseater standing height sofa with a table, and air conditioning create a comfortable entertaining environment.
The galley features a two-burner stove, sink and under-counter refrigerator while the head includes a shower.
An integrated audio-video entertainment system is fully networked with 4G Wi-Fi & WAN. Sound reproduction is by Revolution Acoustics surface-mounted drivers using the ceiling panel as a transducer, powered by a Mark Levinson Reference digital amplifier.
The Marine Business Department of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) was founded in 1997 to develop premium yachts using advanced technology and quality control methods perfected in making Lexus luxury cars.