If there was a Playboy magazine equivalent for boats, the Lexus Sport Yacht would surely be the poster child. Announced earlier this year, the 42-foot boat is the brainchild of Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda, who decided to extend Lexus’ design blueprint to the seas while trying out one of Toyota’s Ponam premium yachts.
And Toyoda made the right call, because there isn’t a single bad line on this yacht. Inspired by the LFA, the fully-functional nautical machine sees sensual seamless curves that are only complemented by the light brown and charcoal colourway for a dose of elegance. After all, Lexus has always been big about showing off, but in a quiet way. Around the corner, the Sport Yacht’s smooth carbon fibre by Marquis-Carver Yacht Group cuts through the waters with a gusto supplied by twin V8s — seafaring variations of the RC F and LC 500. Working together, they produce 880hp to top out at 43 knots. That’s remarkable for a vehicle the firm still considers a concept.
In place of typical maritime gauges are two touchscreens: a small one in the wheel and a 24-inch one that controls instruments and other information. Very special guests can call shotgun on two seats that fold out from both sides of the captain’s chair.
The other six passengers will have to “make do” with the plush white seats at the back, or leather and wood-loaded cabin down below, complete with a table and air-conditioning. In the galley, a refrigerator keeps the bubbly nicely chilled and amenities such as a sink and stove means you can whip up a meal for the party. The bathroom even features a shower for when you get your toes wet in the summer.
Toyoda, who is also the chief branding officer for Lexus authorized the yacht’s development two years ago as a way of promoting the “Lexus lifestyle.” Now, where do we sign up?