Lexus Is Going To Build A Yacht

Lexus has announced it will next year begin selling a production version of the Luxury Sport Yacht concept the company revealed in early 2017.

Toyota Motor Corporation executive VP Shigeki Tomoyama made the announcement recently at the Japan International Boat Show, where the concept was given a special award by Japan's Boat of the Year committee.

Shigeki said the production boat will be a 65-foot (nearly 20 metres) sport flybridge cruiser with luxury staterooms below deck and enough space to entertain 15 of your closest yacht rock-loving friends.

Those are all the details Lexus revealed, but the production boat boasts 885 hp from a pair of 5.0L V8 engines borrowed from the 2018 Lexus LC 500 luxury coupe and optimized for marine use. That's enough power to propel the concept to nearly 80 km/h.

While you're cruising along listening to Toto's greatest hits, Lexus says you'll be able to stay connected thanks to smartphone integration through a platform that will also provide security and remote diagnostics.

Lexus says it will build the yacht through a partnership with Marquis-Larson, the Wisconsin-based boat builder that helped put together the single running example of the concept.

More specifications and pricing will be revealed closer to the boat's late-2019 on-sale date.

 

I'm on a boat 3/13/2018 1:48:40 PM