A supercharged Lexus for the high seas

The car marque’s first foray into motorboating promises to make a sporty splash

The design for the Lexus x Marquis-Carver sports yacht
The design for the Lexus x Marquis-Carver sports yacht

Lexus’s first venture into the world of sports yachts was taken from drawing board to fully operational proof-of-concept in just 18 months.

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The 12.7m yacht is powered by two marinised versions of the engine used in top-of-the-range Lexus cars, giving the vessel a maximum speed of 43 knots. Designed in collaboration with Wisconsin yacht builder Marquis-Carver, it features a hull made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic like that used in the Lexus LFA supercar, while the standing-height forward cabin is trimmed in Lexus leather with wood and glass detailing.

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If interest reaches a sufficiently high level, the boat will go into production and become another striking example of luxury car marques such as Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Bugatti making futuristic forays into the motorboating world.

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