Imagine experiencing the raw power, superb handling and luxurious amenities of a Lexus but while you’re sipping margaritas while fishing for blue marlins down in Bucas Grande Island in Surigao del Norte.
Open your eyes and gaze at the glorious new sport yacht concept borne out of Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda’s dream of developing a Lexus luxury yacht after experiencing the power, handling and stability of the Toyota-made premium yacht Ponam a few years back.
The Lexus Sport Yacht concept seats up to 8 guests and uses a color touchscreen panel to handle captain controls and monitors onboard systems. It comes with GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar and underwater sonar to make sure you’ll be as efficient finding your way around the vast blue expanse as you are at finding fish in the water.
Luxurious leather bind the wood and glass details inside the forward passenger cabin. It has a six-seat sofa with a table and climate control.
You might me in the middle of the ocean but surf away using 4G WiFi and WLAN networked into an integrated audio-video entertainment system using a Mark Levinson Reference digital amplifier to send sound to the ceiling panel that conceals surface-mounted drivers from Revolution Acoustics.
The galley comes with a two-burner stove, sink and under-counter refrigerator and a shower area.
If you fancy navigating, jump into the power adjustable captain’s seat with armrests that fold out to become jumper seats.
To make it ultralight, the Lexus Sport Yacht concept uses carbon-fiber reinforced plastic laid over pieces of single massive hand-laid composites of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin that make up the upper deck and outer hull that bonded around the inner structure.
This allows Lexus to shave off 2,200 pounds from the concept yacht while the underwater hull design is stepped to reduce resistance or drag and improve handling balance at high speeds.
It is powered by a twin 5.0-liter V8 gasoline engines based on the 2UR GSE high-performance engine of the Lexus RC F coupe. Each engine produces over 446 PS to send the yacht concept up to 49 miles per hour (43 knots).
“This concept for a Lexus Sport Yacht allowed us to explore how Lexus design language could be applied to a maritime lifestyle. For the Lexus Design Center this project has been very exciting. The effort is valuable to us as it stirs our creative energies and pushes our imagination to design and lifestyle possibilities outside of the automotive realm we know well,” said Yoshihiro Sawa, executive vice president of Lexus International.
The Lexus Sport Yacht concept is currently a one-off project with no immediate production plans.