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The New Lexus Flagship Is Born For The Sea

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Finding parking may prove to be a bit of a problem.

What is 65 feet long, 19 feet wide and glides along as if it were on water? Why the latest Lexus LY650 flagship of course. Lexus has, in recent years delved into various arenas outside of the motoring world to expand what they believe a luxury experience should entail.

Driven by Lexus International President Yoshihiro Sawa's vision of Lexus as a brand, they wanted to explore new ways to deliver innovative and amazing experiences for their customers. The result, in a somewhat literal translation of a range-topping product, is the Lexus LY650 flagship luxury yacht. Turning this ambitious concept into a reality will be the task of the Marquis-Larson Boat Group.

The LY650 takes inspiration from the 42-foot Lexus Sport Yacht Concept we saw for the first time back in 2017. That model was powered by a duo of 5.0-liter Lexus V8s, there is no word yet on what the powertrain choice for the new yacht will be.

It will, however, incorporate many of the more attractive features of the concept yacht and the LY650 will be the first production vessel to use the L-finesse design language already seen in Lexus' road-going offerings. The design elements can be seen in the roofline, curved deck accents and accentuated aft 'hips' of the yacht.

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Unlike the earlier concept, this model is destined for production and Marquis-Larson will build, sell and service the LY650. That's probably a wise move as retrofitting a boat mooring facility to existing Lexus dealerships would have no doubt been an expensive endeavor.

While it may seem a tad strange to take to the oceans, other auto manufacturers have been here before, most recently Aston Martin headed beneath the waves in their bespoke Triton submarine and have in the past built the AM37 speedboat. The first Lexus LY 650 should be completed in the second half of 2019 with a global debut scheduled for late in the year.