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Lexus Built A Yacht To Remind Us How Poor We Are

The answer to a question no one asked.

Lexus claims it has no intention of building a production version of its new Sport Yacht concept, but never say never; people with money have influence and the desire to buy more stuff. Yes, Toyota built a boat (heck, so did Bugatti), only this one is powered by not one, but two 5.0-liter V8s (the same engine powering the RC F and GS F), each producing 440 hp. Top speed is a supposed 49 mph, or 43 knots. The driver – sorry, captain – controls and monitors onboard systems from a color touchscreen panel at the helm.

This provides details such as GPS navigation, digital charts, surface radar, underwater sonar, lighting and entertainment systems. Oh, and the captain’s seat is fully adjustable with the armrests folding out to become jump seats on each side for guests. Speaking of guests, they can be entertained in the forward cabin, decked out in leather with wood and glass details. There’s enough standing height and even a sofa for six with a table. And, of course, there’s air conditioning. Hungry? No problem, just light up the two-burner stove, sink and under-counter refrigerator. Get a bit sweaty cooking up some grub? Just hop in the shower.

The Lexus Sport Yacht concept features unique CFRP construction that shaves off nearly 2,200 pounds compared to a similar yacht made of fiberglass reinforced plastic. The underwater hull design is stepped to reduce resistance or drag and improve handling balance at high speeds. The overall design has the upper deck and outer hull seamlessly bonded around the inner structure, each piece a single massive hand-laid composite of two-part polyurethane epoxy resin reinforced with hand-laid woven carbon fiber cloth. And yes, of course there’s standard WiFi.

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