LEXUS: A NEW SPORT YACHT CONCEPT

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A high-performance premium yacht

The Lexus brand explores new areas of lifestyle and leisure with the introduction of high-performance premium yachts. The Lexus Sport Yacht concept is an exclusive, custom project not meant for mass production. Created by the Lexus Design Center in Toyota City, Japan, the goal was an “open” sport yacht, powered by twin Lexus V8 engines, with sophisticated design and excellent handling, designed for day cruises for six to eight passengers.

The design of the Lexus Sport Yacht features an upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure. Each of these elements is made from a single, massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with hand-laid woven carbon-fiber cloth, a composite material called carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, or CFRP (a polymer reinforced by carbon fiber also made by hand).

The yacht is powered by twin 5.0-litre V8 gasoline engines, which are based on the 2UR-GSE high-performance engines found in the Lexus RC F coupe, the GS F sport sedan, and the new LC 500 grand touring sedan. Each engine produces over 440 horsepower, which allows the yacht to reach speeds up to 49 miles per hour (43 knots) through a pair of hydraulically controlled inboard/outboard stern-drives. A bow-thruster with joystick control aids in docking.

From his position at the helm, the captain controls and monitors on-board systems from a color touch-screen panel.

The forward passenger cabin is tall enough to stand upright, inviting passengers into a luxurious setting that mixes Lexus leather with lovely wood and glass details. The boat also is equipped with a kitchen, and the fully fitted head includes a shower. An integrated audio-video entertainment system is fully networked, with 4G Wi-Fi & WAN.

Key points: Created by Lexus with advanced design and excellent handling, this “open” sport yacht for six to eight passengers is powered by twin V8 Lexus engines.

Plus: Lexus has announced future production of a larger size luxury yacht.

Dimensions: Length: 42 feet; Width: 13 feet

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