Lexus Built A Yacht LY 650 And We Will See It Sail Next Year

Lexus has a new flagship called the LY 650, and if I did not know any better, I’d say that Lexus has a new ship. Literally. This is a 65-foot luxury yacht that Lexus revealed only days ago. It is the company’s effort in the maritime business where it has partnered with Marquis-Larson Boat Group, a company based in Pulaski, Wisconsin, to build and sell a true luxury yacht. Following an overwhelmingly positive response it received last year after the introduction of the stunning 42-foot Lexus Sport Yacht Concept, the Japanese company continued with the development of the full-fledged yacht. This one carries over some design elements from the last year’s concept. More importantly, Lexus was so brazen to say that the new yacht will become the fourth flagship in the lineup - just after the LS sedan, the LX SUV, and the LC coupe.

Why is Lexus Building a Yacht?

The LY 650 is a 65-Foot Luxury Yacht that Lexus is Really Building
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Considering that Lexus is a builder of luxury automobiles, I may only imagine that flirting with everything luxurious affirms its devotion toward the perfection and luxury that Lexus cars have always appeased. Apart from the LY 650 yacht, Lexus is known for its forays into affairs of high design, dining, and even filmmaking. Everything an ensuing customer may find esteemed, or even prestigious.

Yacht building is an obvious particularity in such semblance.

The Lexus LY 650 Luxury Yacht

The LY 650 is a 65-Foot Luxury Yacht that Lexus is Really Building
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With a length of 65 feet, the LY 650 represents the ultimate expression of the “L-Finesse” design language Lexus employs on its cars. Marquis-Larson, who actually built the last year’s Sport Yacht Concept for Lexus, partnered with the Nuvolari Lenard company from Venice to design the interior of the new yacht. While some of the design elements could have been translated from the last year’s Sport Yacht Concept, the technology and materials simply couldn’t. That one, from the year before, was made out of hand-laid carbon-fiber and was powered by two marine-specification, 5.0-liter, V-8 engines we know of from the RC F. Obviously, using such a setup would be cumbersome, and not exactly feasible as this new 65-foot Yacht is a much larger vessel.

With a 19-foot beam and a fully luxuriously styled interior, the Lexus LY 650 yacht needed some proper motivation. Two Volvo 12.8-liter, inline-six, IPS, 1200 diesel engines, each capable of 900 horsepower found their way into the engine room. They soak up fuel from a 1,000-gallon fuel reservoir. Marquis-Larson offers the yacht with more powerful Volvo IPS 1350 diesel engines too.

Luxurious Layout For The Interior

The LY 650 is a 65-Foot Luxury Yacht that Lexus is Really Building
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The layout of the yacht hasn’t been presented in full detail. However, I do know the LY 650 features three staterooms and three heads. I may imagine that one of those staterooms is actually a master room, but we will have to wait for the middle of the next year to see the LX 650 interior in all of its glory. What I can see is the teak flooring on the main deck and exceptional sunbathing area at the bow with perfectly well-designed sofas. I believe this area will be the one most visited by passengers. Along with the nice saloon on the main deck, of course.

The closed saloon offers a fantastic lounge with numerous amenities. Located in front of the salon is the bridge with two captains chairs designed in the same breath as Lexus car seats. There, one can find a sink, a fridge, storage areas for silverware and cutlery, as well as designated fillisters for champagne bottles. Not only does a layout like this provide an exceptionally luxurious ambiance, but it is also rather practical and airy. With large windows, this is the perfectly serene place to spend time relaxing with friends. Remember, three staterooms under the deck - enough for six people. At the most, the vessel can accept 15 persons.

Yet, this is not all that Marquis-Larson prepared for Lexus. In fact, on the right side of the main saloon are the stairs leading towards the flybridge. There, too, one can find a nice sofa, just behind the captain’s chair. The captain can manage the yacht from there too. Convenience only a true yacht enthusiast can appreciate.

Obviously, not only does it feature a fantastic design nicely intertwining practicality and luxury, but the Lexus LY 650 could be one of the most meticulously designed and built 65-foot yachts in the world. The first one will appear in the middle of next year. Then, we will know more about the price, options, and the layout.

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Now, Lexus’ inclusion into all maritime isn’t exactly the first among car manufacturers. In fact, Marine Business Department of Toyota Motor Corporation was found all the way back in 1997. This company was included in the design of the Ponam line of finishing boats and many other ventures. One can say that the outreach into the world of luxury yachting is only a logical evolutive step.

Nevertheless, some of the most amazing yachts, boats, and vessels designed by car companies include the Mercedes-AMG Cigarette Racing speedboats, the stunning Bugatti Niniette by Palmer Johnson, the Ferrari Riva Speedboat only a handful of which had been produced, and even the Aston Martin AM37 by Quintessence. Lancia, BMW and many other manufacturers have been involved with the yachting or boating business at one point or another as well.

65-foot Lexus yacht is the fourth Lexus flagship, joining the LS sedan, LX SUV and LC coupe
First production marine vessel to use L-finesse, the design language of Lexus
Exploration into non-automotive ventures continues beyond the Lexus brand’s involvement in luxury lifestyle experiences related to culinary, design and film
Crafting amazing automobiles is something Lexus has pursued relentlessly, as evidenced by the beautiful hand-pleated door panels in the LS 500 or the complex paint process, inspired by the morpho butterfly, that results in dazzling Structural Blue. And crafting every touch point around the brand is an opportunity Lexus continues to seize. This maritime application is another proof point in the storied history of Lexus that explores new frontiers both inside and outside the automotive industry.

Lexus continually evaluates what constitutes a luxury experience and has, as a result, ventured into the worlds of culinary, design, film, and more as alternative opportunities to interact with the brand. Driven by Lexus International President, Yoshihiro Sawa’s vision of Lexus as a brand that, “explores new ways to deliver innovative and amazing experiences for our guests,” Lexus has partnered with some of the world’s finest purveyors of experience to further celebrate the phrase, Experience Amazing.

And now, Lexus returns to the water with its next expression of a Lexus yacht in the form of the LY 650. Bearing the most contemporary expression of Lexus design language, L-finesse, applied beyond the world of automobiles, the production LY 650 picks up where the stunning Lexus Sport Yacht Concept left off.

Lexus Takumis Meet Marquis-Larson Craftspeople
Encouraged by the robust public interest in the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept, a follow-up maritime effort was fueled by Executive Vice President; Shigeki Tomoyama’s desire to, “present a dream-like vision of the luxury lifestyle; one where the Lexus Yacht expands the potential of Lexus mobility to the ocean.” Making this dream-like vision a reality, Marquis-Larson Boat Group was selected to build, sell and service the next Lexus yacht based largely on their extensive experience with bespoke boat building and their proven capability, confirmed by their work bringing the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept to life.

Based in Pulaski, WI, Marquis-Larson is the ideal partner to bring the second chapter of Lexus
yacht design to fruition with their thorough blend of artisanal craftsmanship, modern technology and inspired design. Complementing the Lexus brand’s heritage of takumi craftspeople who are supremely skilled in their roles, Marquis’ craftsmanship backbone is clearly demonstrated by their masterful boat builders, many of whom have been with the company for 30 years.

L-finesse Seamlessly Transitions from Automotive to Maritime Applications
Several of the most attractive features from the 42-foot concept have made their way onto the LY 650. Measuring 65 feet in overall length with a 19-foot beam, the newest Lexus yacht has a distinguished style found in the strong, pronounced bow, curved deck accents and accentuated aft hips. Viewed from the profile, the elegant rise and fall of the yacht’s distinctly Lexus roofline flows into rising, broad hips of the rear section.

Upcoming Milestones and Contact Information
The first completed Lexus LY 650 is expected to be finished in the second half of 2019 and will make its global debut late in the year.

Background
Lexus was founded in 1989 to develop and produce the finest cars ever built with a commitment to providing the highest levels of customer service.

Lexus International was dedicated as a company-within-the-company in 2012 to coordinate all central strategy, planning, design, engineering and production for the brand.

The Marine Business Department of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) was founded in 1997 to develop premium yachts using advanced technology and quality control methods perfected in making Lexus luxury cars. Toyota Marine’s Ponam line has included sport-fishing boats in 26- and 28-foot lengths, and luxury cabin cruisers in 31-, 35-, 37- and 45-foot lengths with durable and quiet hulls of fully-welded A5083 aluminum alloy. Ponam models are powered by high-efficiency turbodiesel engines based on those of Lexus GX 300d (3.0-liter turbodiesel 4 cylinder) and LX 450d (twin-turbo diesel 4.5-liter V8) luxury utility vehicles. The Toyota Ponam line is the market-leader in the premium yacht industry in Japan.

From 1998 to 2002, Toyota Marine also developed and produced the Epic line of fiberglass tournament ski boats and wakeboard boats, primarily for the US market, all powered by the 4.0-liter 1UZ-FE DOHC gasoline V8 from the Lexus LS 400 luxury sedan.

Marquis-Larson Boat Group: It is our belief that there is no truer sense of freedom than when you’re on the water. That’s why we offer a family of six premier recreational boat brands ranging from 16-52 feet: The new Marquis, Carver Yachts, Larson family runabouts, Larson FX freshwater fishing boats, Larson Escape pontoon boats, and Striper saltwater fishing boats.

About Lexus
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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