Aside from the successful Hollywood SKYJET prototype seen in the 2017 movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Lexus' yacht concept from 2017 now has its own recognition title. The 41-foot (12,700 mm) Lexus Sport Yacht has earned Japan's Boat of the Year award at the 2018 International Boat Show.
The Sport Yacht is the brain product of Lexus Design, with the goal of providing a means of exploring luxury and active lifestyles. The engineering is Toyota Marine Division's responsibility, while the concept was a product of Toyota's partnership with Marquis-Larson Boat Group.
What's it maid, you ask? A hand-laid carbon fiber fabric coats the hull, and it’s vacuum-infused with two-part polyurethane resin. The mill inside are two 2UR-GSE 5.0 V8 engine, the one found under the RC F coupe's hood. Those engines power the boat with 885 horsepower, which let it sail with a top speed of 79 km/h.
The award pushes Toyota to explore further into yachts, especially larger models. The company announced its interest into tapping future production of a premium Lexus yacht to be sold worldwide. Sales in the US are said to begin at the latter half of 2019. Japan sales will follow sometime in between March and May 2020.
“Based on our amazing experiences in engineering, building, testing and showing the Lexus Sport Yacht concept last year, we’ve decided to take the next bold step of producing an all-new larger yacht that builds on the advanced nature of the concept while adding more comfort and living space.”
The larger 65-foot sport fly-bridge cruiser yacht is designed with Luxury staterooms that could hold 15 people on board. The 42-foot Sport Yacht, however, only carries 8 people. Pretty great for your small college reunion. Yes?