It is a Lexus on water. Lexus has been known as one of the big names in the global luxury sector of the automotive industry. Its expertise in building luxurious yet still dynamic vehicles has allowed Lexus to create intimately premium vehicles on land. Just recently, Lexus has shown that its expertise and elegance could also be taken to the water – with the unveiling of the one-off Sport Yacht Concept, which is currently on display at Di Lido Island on Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach.
Designed by the Toyota Marine Department in Japan and built by the Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in the United States, this one-off Sport Yacht Concept shows off Lexus’ premium styling and power as adapted for maritime use. Easily noticeable is the beautiful dolphin-like shape of the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept, making it very suitable for a short cruise on the sea.
This sports yacht concept boasts of distinct CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) construction, allowing it to be around 1,000 kg (2,200 lbs) lighter than a similar yacht made from FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic). Its design – particularly on the lower hull – allows the Sports Yacht Concept to further reduce water resistance while enhancing its handling when cruising at higher speeds.
Unlike typical sports yachts, the 12.7-meter long (42- feet) Lexus Sport Yacht Concept features a rounded bow and a curvy deck without the pulpit. The grayish silver color of the hull extends to the bow, and forms a narrow division for the copper-like finish of the deck. The choice of colors and their placement on the Sport Yacht Concept add to the sporting yet luxurious character of this one-off creation for Lexus.
Likewise, another fascinating feature is the luxurious cabin of the Sport Yacht Concept that features a captain’s power adjustable chair and a pair of three-seat sofa below deck – all wrapped in white Lexus leather. The captain gets to enjoy an array of nice instruments as highlighted by a color touchscreen – located at the helm – that allows him or her to monitor as well as control onboard systems.
This touchscreen displays GPS navigation, digital charts, entertainment systems as well as surface radar and underwater sonar. The captain’s chair features armrests that could be folded out to serve as jump seats. Meanwhile, the lower deck accommodates the sofa, an entertainment system, a small galley and a bathroom with shower.
Serving as the core of the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept are two 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engines derived from the 2UR GSE high-performance engine that also powers the Lexus LC 500, RC F coupe and the GS F sport sedan. Each of these V8 develops over 440 hp, allowing the driving the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept to cruise as fast 49 mph (43 knots).