Lexus design language in a 65-foot yacht
WHEN YOU really love your car, why not get a matching yacht? Lexus (whose advanced technology and quality control methods helped form the DNA for creating the Marine Business Department of Toyota Motor Corporation in 1997) has just launched its 65-foot flagship, so now you can enjoy Lexus luxury on the water too.
The new Lexus LY 650 is an eye-catching cruiser, which (according to the company) expresses the “Lexus design language”. It’s true that it brings some upscale automotive detailing to the midrange boating market and to good effect. This flybridge model is from Nuvolari Lenard, an Italian design studio known fur its work on some spectacular superyachts. Lexus is also partnering with Marquis Yachts, builder of the Marquis and Carver brands. Marquis adopted the world famous Toyota Production System in its plant in Wisconsin and rolled out the first hull. of this design at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last fall.
An optional two-tone color scheme and lots of curvy, flowing lines meet the eye at the dock. Metallic accents at the bow, windows and air intakes are repeated inside in the salon with twin metal ribbons integrated into the furniture at the galley and behind the twin helm seats. Those paying attention will see the famous Lexus “L logo” embedded into the salon floor.
Digital switching is provided by Lexus’ proprietary LY-Link and propulsion is Volvo Penta IPS with a choice of horsepower from 1,050 to 1,350. Joystick control and dynamic positioning look to be standard and top speed is expected to be around 42 knots.
Lexus is focused sharply on creating a true luxury lifestyle brand beyond automotive that blends design, craftsmanship and technology, so stepping into yachting is a natural expansion. The Lems LY 650, like any crafted. luxury item. will dip deep into your wallet- around $3.7 million.
You don’t need to drive a Lexus on land to want to own one on the water but they do make a lovely matching set.