The latest creation to have come from the Lexus Design Center might be its most compelling vessel yet. Built by Marquis-Carver in Wisconsin, the Lexus Sport Yacht is a 42-foot, eight-person yacht constructed with the same intensity, sophistication, and respect for performance as Lexus’ on-land vehicles. According to Uncrate, the yacht, which is powered by two 5.0L V8 engines producing a combined force of 880 horsepower, easily stretches out to a speed of 43 knots.
As it reads on Lexus’ website, Lexus International executive vice president Yoshihiro Sawa stated that the idea for a Lexus Sport yacht concept “allowed us to explore how Lexus design language could be applied to a maritime lifestyle.” Sawa noted that the effort that went into its creation at the Lexus Design Center was “valuable to us as it stirs our creative energies and pushes our imagination to design lifestyle possibilities outside of the automotive realm we know well.” The concept uses carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) — the same technology used in the structure of the 553-horsepower Lexus LFA, world-class racing sailboats, and the structure of racecars and supercars — which makes the vessel 2,200 pounds lighter than its competitors. The underwater hull design reduces resistance and drag, which improves handling balances at heightened speeds.
Though the yacht is still very much just a concept, its meticulously crafted and curated design puts, as Lexus is careful to point out, sea racers “on notice.”