Lexus ventures into the world of luxury boating

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Lexus Sport Yacht to set sail next year

There's no denying that Lexus makes some of the nicest cars out there. So what's next for Toyota's luxury division? Why not venture into the world of boating? Lexus did just that with their first-ever luxury yacht. Last year, they announced their intentions to enter that market with a one-off concept.

Dubbed as the Lexus Sport Yacht, it had already won Boat of the Year in Japan's International Boat Show even before it set sail. This time around, Lexus is dead-set on offering the yacht to customers starting by next year. They add that the production-going yacht will even be bigger than the concept shown last year. There are no prices just yet but it's pretty certain it will be a lot more than an a couple of LS500 sedans.

Its design has yet to be shown but Lexus did drop a few specs. It will be over 20 meters long and will come with luxury staterooms below the deck. That makes it 6 meters longer than the Sport Yacht concept. Capacity is for 15 occupants, perhaps making it the most commodious vehicle to wear the L-badge. The hull, inner structure and superstructure of the Lexus Sport Yacht concept were made of hand-laid carbon-fibre fabric, vacuum-infused with two-part polyurethane resin. The yacht was designed by Lexus and engineered by Toyota Marine. Expect the production yacht to come with the same build process.

As for the engine, it's set to be powered by two V8 engines from the Lexus catalogue. It uses a pair of Lexus 2UR-GSE 5.0-liter engines , which have been re-engineered for marine use. On the road, these engines are used in the high-performance Lexus RC F coupe, GS F sedan and LC 500 grand tourer.

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