From a Lexus Sport Yacht to the Mercedes-AMG Speed Boat, 5 Amazing Car-Yacht Collaborations We Love

These are the collabs that float our boat right now.

By Howard Walker 03/08/2019

Lexus is the latest automaker to plunge into the marine market, adding its name and design-think to a sleek new sports boat, the Lexus LY 650. But it’s not the first time a premium carmaker has collaborated on a luxury yacht. Here are five collaborations that definitely float our boat.

LEXUS LY 650
You’re looking at the new flagship of the Lexus lineup. Measuring 20 metres, this opulent sport yacht is being built in partnership with Wisconsin boatmaker Marquis-Larson. In 2017, Lexus stuck its toe in the water with the one-off 12-metre Lexus Sport Yacht Concept.

But this is the real deal, going on sale later this year. Brimming with Lexus quality touches, the LY 650 comes with Volvo IPS engines, which produce up to 1000kW.

Lexus LY 650 sport yacht. 
Photo: Courtesy of Lexus

The perfect car match: Has to be the new rolling flagship LS 500 F Sport, powered by a twin-turbo V-6 packing 310kW. A steal at around $190,000.

Lexus LS 500 F Sport.
Photo: James Halfacre
 
F.A. PORSCHE DYNAMIQ GTT 115
Those swoopy buttresses supporting the flybridge hardtop? Just like the roof supports on Porsche’s latest 911 Targa. The retro houndstooth design on the carpets and cushions? Same as you see in a 928 from the ’80s.

Dynamiq GTT 115. 
Photo: Courtesy Dynamiq
No surprise, since the styling of the 115-foot Dynamiq GTT 115 came from the drawing board of Studio F.A. Porsche. Just seven of these Italian-built hybrid-electric mini-superyachts are being offered, starting at $14 million (around $20m AUD).

The yacht’s retro houndstooth design. 
Photo: Courtesy Dynamiq

The perfect car match: Track down one of the hybrid-electric Porsche 918 Spyders, built between 2013 and 2015. Just be ready to spend more than $1.8 million to get it into Australia.

Porsche 918 Spyder. 
Photo: Courtesy of Porsche

MERCEDES–AMG CIGARETTE RACING TEAM 41′ AMG CARBON EDITION

Cigarette Racing 41′ AMG Carbon Edition.
Photo: Courtesy Mercedes-Benz
Looking for the perfect go-fast boat to match your $350,000 go-fast Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S? Look no further than this $1,250,000 waterborne rocket ship from Miami-based Cigarette Racing Team. Powered by a quartet of Mercury Racing 400R outboards almost packing a combined 1200kW, this 41-foot projectile can hit a top speed of 136km/h. Mercedes and Cigarette have been turning out boats together since 2007, making it arguably the most successful partnership ever between an automaker and a boat brand.

Mercedes AMG GT 63. 
Photo: Courtesy of Mercedes
The perfect car match: The curvy fastback lines of Mercedes’s gorgeous 476kW AMG GT 63 S four-door inspired this latest Cigarette.
 
ASTON MARTIN AM37

Aston Martin AM37
Photo: Max Earey

This latest AM37 was designed by Aston Martin Q Division in collaboration with Mulder Design and built by Quintessence Yachts in Amsterdam. Thirty-seven feet long, it’s powered via twin 275kW Mercury diesels or, for the upgraded AM37S, 387kW Mercury Racing V-8s, hitting 50 knots. That should have you shaken and stirred. The $2.4 million cost will be easier to swallow if you can expense it.

Aston DBS Superleggera Volante. 
Photo: Courtesy of Aston Martin
The perfect car match: The new DBS Superleggera Volante is Aston Martin’s fastest convertible ever. Powered by a 533kW twin-turbo V-12, it’s priced from $329,100 (around $480,000 AUD).

BUGATTI NINIETTE 66

Bugatti Niniette. 
Photo: Courtesy of Bugatti/Palmer Johnson

There’s only one must-have option for your $4.25 million, 1118kW Bugatti Chiron hypercar: a Bugatti yacht. In 2015, Bugatti teamed up with Monaco superyacht builder Palmer Johnson to create the 2017-revealed Bugatti Niniette, a 20-metre cruise missile powered by twin 745kW MAN diesels capable of punching it to a 44-knot max. But what sets it apart is the jaw-dropping styling, which echoes the sculpted profile of the Chiron. As for the price, if you have to ask…

Bugatti Chiron Sport. Photo: Courtesy of Bugatti

The perfect car match: A new Chiron with matching colour scheme, naturally. But go for the latest Chiron Sport, at $3.26 million, with its even sharper handling.
 

RIVA LAMBORGHINI

Lamborghini Riva Aquarama.
Photo: Courtesy of Riva-World

Back in the Swinging ’60s, if you wanted to wow the crowds on the Côte d’Azur, the boat to own was a Riva Aquarama. Lamborghini founder Ferruccio Lamborghini felt the same and, in 1968, bought one, persuading Carlo Riva to fit a pair of 260kW 4.0-litre V-12s from a Lamborghini 350 GT sports car. With a top speed of 48 knots, it became the speediest Aquarama ever. It’s now for sale with Dutch specialists Riva-World.

Ferruccio Lamborghini’s Riva Aquarama.
Photo: Courtesy of Riva-World

The perfect car match: To capture la dolce vita, it has to be a classic Lamborghini 350 GT coupe, built from 1964 to 1966. Expect to pay over $1-million for a good one.

Lamborghini 350 GT
Photo: Courtesy

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