In Lexus’ continuing commitment to deliver innovative and amazing experiences to its customers, Lexus held the world premiere of its first luxury yacht, the Lexus LY 650, last September 19, 2019 in Boca Raton, Florida.
Based on the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept shown in January 2017, the LY 650 also features unique styling and superb cruising performance. Lexus has fused advanced technology and craftsmanship to provide an irreplaceable experience that stimulates the senses and exceeds owner expectations. This LY 650 flagship yacht embodies the Lexus “CRAFTED” philosophy; it applies attention to detail in every aspect.
The shape of the hull, the volume of the stern, in addition to curved lines, give the LY 650 distinctive exterior styling. Collaboration with Italian yacht design studio Nuvolari Lenard*1 resulted in an advanced design and a comfortable interior that exemplifies high quality.
Furthermore, to achieve the exhilarating performance of a Lexus, the yacht rides on a light and highly rigid composite hull; it combines CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass fiber-reinforced plastic). Additionally, the LY 650 features LY-Link, an advanced connectivity technology for boating; it shares timely information and provides control of various yacht functions.
The LY 650 is in collaboration with the craftspeople of Marquis Yachts. With the start of LY 650 manufacturing, together with Lexus, Marquis Yachts improved its production processes for better efficiencies and quality production. The new yacht will appear at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, 2019.
LY 650 Highlights: The Lexus Design
The LY 650 flybridge cruiser retains the vibrant form and beautiful curved lines of the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept. Its bow and dynamic hull reveal the LY 650 presence, while its coupe-like roofline and accentuated aft hips stress its high cruising performance.
The premiere yacht features a two-tone color scheme that the Lexus Sports Yacht Concept from 2017. Metallic accents on the bow, side windows, and the vessel’s L-shaped air intakes create the image of a Lexus yacht.
The interior fuses advanced design and omotenashi (Japanese hospitality that anticipates people’s needs) is distinctively Lexus. It features a white-themed interior space for openness, and the curving lines and creative lighting provides a sense of envelopment.
The salon’s efficient layout features dual captain’s seats and sofas set forward and a galley set aft. Below the salon are three elegant berths with more than two meters of headroom and a private head with shower.
LY 650 Highlights: Exceptional Performance
With its meticulous design and engineering, the LY 650 provides cruising comfort and dynamic response to the helm in any yachting situation.
The powertrain features twin Volvo Penta® IPS*3 engines. By integrating these engines with a unique underwater-hull shape; achieved through the application of computational fluid dynamics modeling. Lexus was able to achieve not only high output and low fuel consumption, but also exceptional cruising stability and maneuverability. The LY 650 also boasts an array of piloting-support functions; including joystick control, fixed-point position-holding at sea, and an auto-flap function.
Constructed of CFRP, the underwater hull and the upper part of the hull are light but with high rigidity; this also contributes to remarkable high-speed performance and a comfortable cruising experience. Sandwich panels with excellent soundproofing qualities in the main walls ensure quietness for uninterrupted conversation.
LY 650 Highlights: An extraordinary User Experience
LY-Link, an advanced technology for boat connectivity, shares and provides various information in a timely manner. The technology monitors the vessel and have notifications should an abnormality be detected. Users may also turn on and turn off components such as the air conditioning and lights via a smartphone.
From the captain’s seat, both style and high operability come into play, thanks to a stylish instrument panel with touchscreen operation.
An available custom Mark Levinson® Surround Sound System with a subwoofer system creates an immersive concert hall-like acoustic space in the salon.
LY 650 Highlights: High-quality Craftsmanship
Production of the LY 650 is by Marquis Yachts’ superbly skilled craftspeople in Wisconsin. Their marine experience and takumi craftsmanship are evident in each hand-molded, custom-painted hull, which is created with precision also applied to the machining and welding processes.
Lexus and Marquis Yachts has adopted a built-in Production System, centered on rigging processes, and constant continuous improvement activities are conducted to build efficiency and further raise quality.