Zagato-Designed Electric Watercraft Is The Hyperboat Of The Future

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The elegant Persico Zagato 100.2 will have a top speed of more than 50 mph.

Acclaimed automotive design house Zagato has teamed up with Persico Marine to create the extraordinary Persico Zagato 100.2, an all-electric "hyperboat" that is equal parts beauty and performance.

Unveiled via video preview at Zagato's Milan headquarters, the graceful watercraft gains motivation from a DeepSpeed electric propulsion system that is powered by lithium batteries. No power figures are provided, but the shipyard says the Zagato 100.2 should be able to cruise at nearly 31 mph, with a top speed in excess of 50 mph.

Despite the inclusion of hefty batteries, Persico Marine says the electric boat will tip the scales at around 5,511 pounds, a relatively modest figure. Weight will be kept low by utilizing advanced composite materials in the Zagato 100.2's construction.

Persico Marine makes no mention of how the boat replenishes its batteries, but you'd probably be expected to charge it alongside your megayacht.

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In terms of design, it's supremely elegant and conjures up images of the iconic Riva Aquarama speedboat and the '60s jet-set.

Nine Limited Launch Edition examples have been set aside for lucky customers who will be able to tailor the Zagato 100.2 to their needs. The boatmaker says colors and finishes chosen by each respective customer will not be reproduced for other individuals, ensuring exclusivity.

In a sense, it's like an ocean-going version of the Rimac Nevera: fast, electric, beautiful, and highly exclusive.

"The project started from a shared concept: the idea that the boat should be a collector's piece," explained Andrea Zagato, CEO of the coachbuilder responsible for all-time greats such as the Aston Martin V8 Zagato and DB4 GT Zagato.

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Of course, this isn't the first time the automotive and the leisure marine industry have come together. Just 63 examples of the Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 are slated for production. The twin V12 engine setup produces 4,000 horsepower and propels the yacht along at a rapid pace. It's impressive, but it lacks the charm and sophisticated opulence of the Zagato 100.2.

Then again, these boats are aimed at entirely different types of clientele. Perciso Marine's latest creation will prove useful in a variety of environments, such as coastal waters and lakes. With endothermic engines being banned at many boating spots, the Zagato 100.2 has another trump card thanks to its electric setup. Lambos must cast anchor in other marinas.

There's no word yet on pricing, but as the old adage goes, if you have to ask, you probably can't afford it.

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