Lexus Officially Launches Lexus LY 650 Yacht
A year ago, on September 2018, Lexus unveiled the Lexus LY 650, a yacht that it co-developed with Marquis Yachts and was inspired by the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept it unveiled in January 2017. At that time, Lexus said that the first completed production-version will be finished in the second half of 2019 and will make its global debut late in the year. Well, that time is now as the Lexus LY 650 is officially here, making its debut in Boca Raton, Florida and appearing later on at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida from October 30 to November 3. The shape of the hull and the abundant volume of the stern give the LY 650 unprecedented and distinctive exterior styling. Collaboration with Italian yacht design studio Nuvolari Lenard has resulted in an advanced design and a comfortable interior living space that exemplifies high quality in every detail. Furthermore, in pursuit of cruising that achieves the performance of a Lexus, the yacht rides on a light and highly-rigid composite hull that combines CFRP (carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass-fiber-reinforced plastic), and was jointly developed with Marquis Yachts. Additionally, the LY 650 is equipped with LY-Link, an advanced connectivity technology for boating that shares timely information and provides control of various yacht functions. Ironically, powering the LY 650 isn't a Lexus engine but a Volvo--specifically two Volvo Penta IPS engines that put out from 1050 to 1350 hp each, depending on the option you choose. Measuring over 65 feet long and 18 feet wide, the LY 650 can accomodate up to six occupants in three staterooms. With the start of LY 650 manufacturing, together with Lexus, Marquis Yachts has improved its production processes for better efficiencies and quality production. "The LY 650 symbolizes the challenge taken by Lexus, which aspires to be a true luxury lifestyle brand, to venture beyond the automobile," said Toyota President Akio Toyoda. "A collaborative team between Toyota and Marquis Yachts introduced the Toyota Production System to the boat manufacturing facility to improve productivity and quality. This allowed the Lexus 'CRAFTED' philosophy of anticipatory hospitality and meticulous attention to detail to become a reality in the form of a luxury yacht. I am truly looking forward to seeing the advanced, high quality LY650 display its eauty on the oceans across the globe. As a mobility company, we are pursuing new possibilities for mobility even on the sea." The sale of the Lexus LY650 is scheduled to start on October 30.