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High Seas

As Toyota ventured into luxury boating with a spectacular one-off, Lexus-inspired yacht, we got a glimpse of the marque’s evolving design sensibility

Keith Gordon

A FEW YEARS AGO, WHEN AKIO TOYODA, PRESIDENT OF TOYOTA

Motor Corp., was invited to test the new offerings from the company’s marine department, the master driver and car enthusiast was stunned. The yachts in development not only featured impressive powertrains and hulls designed to enhance handling and stability, but they also fit into Toyoda’s idea of the Lexus brand. This revelation resulted in a multiyear project to bring to life a Lexus-inspired yacht that expands the brand into the realms of lifestyle and recreation. And the result of these efforts is the Lexus Sport Yacht.

Built in collaboration with Marquis Yachts LLC, a US-based yacht manufacturer, the new creation is constructed largely of carbonfibre-reinforced plastic, the same kind found in the world’s top supercars, including Lexus’ own LFA. The material saves nearly 1,800 kg compared with a similar craft made from the fibreglassreinforced sort. The boat is powered by twin 5.0-litre V-8 gasoline engines based on the high-performance 2UR-GSE engine that powers Lexus’ RC F coupe; together they yield 950 horsepower. Measuring in at 42 ft and capable


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