Sunny Florida in the United States was the backdrop for the of the Lexus’ first luxury yacht, the Lexus LY 650.

Based on the Lexus Sport Yacht Concept first shown in January 2017, the LY 650 features unique styling and superb cruising performance.

The shape of the hull, stern and other elements, in addition to beautiful curved lines, give the LY 650 unprecedented and distinctive exterior styling.

Collaboration with Italian yacht design studio Nuvolari Lenard has poroduced  an advanced design and comfortable interior living space, with built-in quality in every detail.

The powertrain features twin Volvo Penta IPS3 engines (1350/1200/1050).

By integrating these with a unique hull shape achieved through the application of computational fluid dynamics modelling, Lexus has been able to achieve not only high output, but also exceptional cruising stability and manoeuvrability.

The highly rigid composite hull combines CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass fiber-reinforced plastic), and was jointly developed with Marquis Yachts LLC22.

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.

It’s also equipped with LY-Link, an advanced technology for boat connectivity that shares timely information and provides control of various yacht functions.

The LY 650 is built in collaboration with the craftspeople of Marquis Yachts2 in Pulaski, Wisconsin, USA.

Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson confirmed interest from local customers in the yacht.

“The Lexus LY 650 delivers a maritime interpretation of the brave design for which the LC, LS and LX flagships are renowned, and we are interested in working with local customers to bring this incredible luxury yacht to Australia,” he said.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.