Lexus debuts stylish Sport Yacht concept
12 January 2017
The Lexus Sport Yacht comfortably fits six to eight guests and is powered by twin high-performance Lexus V8 engines with advanced style and handling.
“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.
Toyota recently revealed the concept at Di Lido Island on Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach. To help produce this concept, Toyota’s Marine Department selected the Marquis-Carver Yacht Group based on its in-house engineering and manufacturing capabilities.
The design of the yacht has the upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure. Each piece a single hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with woven carbon fibre cloth. Carbon fibre plastic (CFRP) is the technology used in the structure of race cars and supercars. Using this materials in the concept’s construction saved nearly 1,000kg compared to a similar yacht in fibreglass reinforced plastic.
The underwater hull feature a stepped design to reduce resistance or drag and improve handling balance at high speeds.
The concept is powered by twin 5.0L V8 gasoline engines based on the 2UR-GSE high-performance engine of the Lexus RC F coupe, the GS F sport sedan and the new LC 500 grand tourer. Each engine produces 440 horsepower, driving the yacht at speeds up to 49mph (43 knots) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives.
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 Lexus Sport Yacht is a bespoke, one-off project with no production intent.