No, you’re not misreading the title. Lexus and Toyota have actually been making maritime vehicles since 1997, blending advanced technology and quality control methods perfected in making Lexus luxury cars. The Lexus LY 650 will be the first water going interpretation of the Lexus design language called L-finesse, and will be the fourth flagship (pun intended?) of the Japanese luxury manufacturer.
Based on the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept, the LY 650 carries the torch for a brand that, according to Lexus International president Yoshihiro Sawa, “explores new ways to deliver innovative and amazing experiences for our guests”. At 65 feet long and 19 feet wide, the Lexus LY 650 carries over design cues from its automobiles, and is a fantastic looking yacht. The curved deck and accentuated bow (front) make the LY 650 like nothing else on the water. There’s even a hint of Lexus coupe roofline when viewed from the side. The Marquis-Larson Boat Group was chosen to build, sell, and service the LY 650, mostly in part to their experience with bespoke boat building, with some of their boat builders staying with them for 30 years.
The Lexus LY 650 will be able to sleep six people, have three bathrooms, three bedrooms, and have a fuel capacity of 3,785 liters. Two engine choices are available, the first being a Volvo 12.8L 6-cylinder twin entry turbo diesel with optional supercharger good for 900 hp, and the second is a more powerful 1,000 hp version with the same displacement.
The first production model of the Lexus LY 650 is scheduled for the second half of 2019, and will be globally launched later this year. Now, chances are we won’t be able to test drive this Lexus at all, but we’re pretty sure it’s as luxurious and comfortable as their cars. So if you’ve always wanted to sail the high seas in style, this could very well be your ticket.
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