Travelling the world by land and sea couldn’t be a more different experience, yet many car companies have managed to look beyond the horizon of the roads to create something just as breathtaking for the waters. Japanese car manufacturer Lexus is catching up in the wake of Mercedes-Benz, Aston Martin, and Bugatti with its first ever luxury yacht, the LY 650.
Larger, more powerful and more luxurious than the sport yacht concept unveiled last year, the LY 650 joins the LX SUV, LS sedan, and LC coupe as the fourth flagship vehicle in Lexus’ ever-expanding fleet, only this time it’s showing off the marque’s “L-finesse” design language on sea. The marque will work with established boat builder Marquis-Larson Boat Group from start to finish when it goes into production next year.
Like its cars, the 42-foot open sport cruiser will proudly showcase Japan’s unique heritage and dedication to craft, incorporating the work of Japanese artisans and their skills throughout its build. Its hull, inner structure and superstructure are made from hand-laid carbon fibre, while the overall shape sees the same curved accents and lifted broad hips at the rear.
Up to 15 guests can be welcomed aboard this elegant vessel, with luxury staterooms below deck for accommodation and entertaining. Lexus will also extend its connected services to enhance her with features such as security functions and smartphone integration.
Meanwhile, power comes from a 12.8-litre, in-line six-cylinder Volvo IPS 1350 powerplant. With 1,000hp on tap, it’s the most powerful engine Volvo has ever made, and is capable of powering a vessel twice the size of the Lexus LY 650.
Now all it really needs is a garage for your equally swanky LC500.