Lexus is known for its high-end cars. But now, the luxury automaker is taking its first foray into the business of yachts.
Lexus has launched its latest product, the LY 650 yacht. The marque’s first luxury vessel is an ocean-capable 65-ft (19.94m) flybridge cruiser, promising up to 31.4 knots. It expresses the “L-finesse” car design theme on water, as well as apply intricate Takumi artisan skills to the interior. Presented in Boca Raton in Florida, the LY 650 goes on sale in the US from 30 October, with prices from around $3.7m.
The interior design is all about curved, flowing lines which, combined with a white colour theme, evokes the feeling of calmness and serenity. The yacht boasts large upper salon with captain’s chairs and integrated sofas. It also has three berths, each with more than two meters of headroom and en-suite facilities. The LY 650 can sleep six and accommodate up to 15 people. There is an optional Mark Levinson surround sound audio systems, air conditioning, bespoke furnishings, real wood trim and a fully equipped aft galley.
As for the actual construction of the LY 650, Lexus turned to Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts. From the flying bridge to the open interior, this boat is a luxury cruiser equipped with three separate cabins that have private bathrooms. The Yacht’s various electronic systems have the ability to be controlled via smartphone, and propulsion comes from a pair of marine-spec Volvo Penta IPS 12.8-liter engines that can produce up to 1,350 horsepower each. Sorry Lexus fans, no Toyota-spec power this time.
The yacht scheme forms part of a larger strategy for Lexus to venture into other creative worlds – non-automotive projects – for inspiration. This includes the annual Milan Salone del Mobile design awards, culinary work, a hotel lounge and now luxury yachts.
Source : Forbes