The LY 650 is a 65-foot luxury yacht build to impress.
Since its inception in 1989, Lexus has become known as a premium car brand that takes pride in crafting luxury vehicles that are enjoyed by those with a finer taste the world over. The otherworldly LFA with it's F1-like V10 engine that is capable of winding out to 9,000 rpm and the five-star hotel on wheels that is the LS 500, featuring hand-pleated body panels, showcase only a fraction of what the Nagoya-based company is capable of.
It should come as no surprise then (well maybe a little ) that Lexus has announced its official foray into the world of luxury yachts. This follows a surprisingly rapturous response to its Sport Yacht concept which was the brainchild of Executive Vice President Shigeki Tomoyama, who stated that he had the 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."
While Lexus might have the know-how to build excellent road-going vehicles, it had to employ the skills and knowledge of Marquis Yachts, a boat building company based in Pulaski Wisconsin, USA to realize its dream of setting sail on the deep blue.
The LY 650 will be the fourth Lexus flagship vehicle, following the LS sedan, LX SUV and LC coupe and borrows most of its features from the 42-foot concept. The 65-foot LY 650 features a fused composite hull constructed with carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic which offers improved rigidity and overall strength that surpasses the more traditional use of fiberglass. Other details worth mentioning is the elegantly curved 19-foot beam, molded deck accents, and a poop-deck fit for an oil tycoon.
The interior of the LY 650 is a sight to behold; Marquis Yachts and Lexus combined its knowledge of cabin design to come up with a unique offering that has a distinctly Lexus look and feel which wouldn't seem out of place in a four-wheeler. Powering the 65-foot behemoth is a standard Volvo IPS 1200 motor, with a more powerful IPS 1350 available. The first completed LY 650 is expected to set sail in the second half of 2019.