Marcus De Guzman / Lexus | September 10, 2018 10:46
Lexus to bring luxury to the high seas with LY650 Yacht
It looks like Lexus is adamant on not just building luxury vehicles for the open road. Remember when Lexus surprised the boating world with the Sport Yacht one-off? Well, the company recently released a follow-up to that with the bigger, more luxurious LY650 Yacht. Billed by the company as the first marine vessel to come with Lexus' L-Finesse design philosophy, the LY650 brings together boating luxury and the company's vision for potential mobility in the open seas.
Encouraged by the public's interest in the Sport Yacht Concept last March, Lexus executive vice president Shigeki Tomoyama wants the LY650 to 'present a dream-like vision of the luxury lifestyle; one where the Lexus Yacht expands the potential of Lexus mobility to the ocean'.
The LY650 itself measures a gargantuan 65 feet in length (about 19,810mm) and comes with a 19-foot beam (about 5791mm). It borrows several styling cues from the 42-foot Sport Yacht concept from before, particularly the distinct design of the bow and the aerodynamically-designged hull. Moreover, it has curved deck accents and an accentuated stern. When viewed from the side, the LY650 also features an elegant roofline that flows smoothly from the bow, all the way to stern (that's the front and rear, respectively, for us non-boat-speaking folks).
Stepping inside, the luxury yacht will have a lounge-like interior complete with a bar, large windows, and a massive LED screen for guests. But given that each LY650 will be a bespoke luxury yacht, production models could come with customized interiors to suit each customers' tastes and preferences.
In making the LY650 a reality, Lexus chose Marquis-Larson Boat Group to build, sell and maintain the LY650 luxury yacht. Based in Pulaski, Wisconsin, Marquis-Larson has a team of masterful boat builders, many of whom have been with the company for 30 years. With Lexus' takumi craftsmen set to build the LY650 alongside Marquis-Larson's boat builders, the company is confident that the luxury yacht will come to fruition through a blend of artisanal craftsmanship, modern technology and inspired design.
The first fully-built Lexus LY650 is expected to be completed in the second half of 2019 and will make its global debut late in the year. In adddition, the LY650 will officially join Lexus' flagship range which consist of the LS, LX and LC.