Lamborghini’s new RM14.6m yacht has splashy supercar DNA

The supercar company will work with The Italian Sea Group to create 63 of the hypercar-lookalike boats, which are inspired by the Sián FKP 37 hybrid car and commemorate Lamborghini’s founding in 1963

By HANNAH ELLIOTT

As in Lamborghini supercars, details are finished in carbon fibre, with Lamborghini’s ‘carbon skin’ used in the sports seats and on the helm (Pics source: Lamborghini)

TALK about a shift: The Italian supercar company that used to make tractors for farming is now launching a yacht.

Automobili Lamborghini SpA announced on June 30 that it has designed a luxury speedboat called the “Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63”.

The Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy-based brand will work with boatbuilder The Italian Sea Group to create 63 of the hypercar-lookalike boats, which are inspired by the Sián FKP 37 hybrid car and are also meant to commemorate Lamborghini’s founding in 1963.

While the €3 million (RM14.62 million) yacht is not strictly the first boat on which Lamborghini has collaborated (the company provided engines for others in the 1960s), it is the first yacht on which the brand has led the design. The boat will be built of carbon fibre and weigh 24 tonnes, a veritable lightweight, considering its 63ft length.

The vessels contain elements directly inspired by Lamborghini cars, such as the special stretch “carbon skin” that the team of Maurizio Reggiani, Lamborghini’s chief technical officer, uses in the brand’s sports seats and steering wheels.

That material will be in the seats, steering wheel, and the helm of the boat, which even takes its clean line and aggressive edge design cues from the “lowly” (compared to the Sián) Huracan sportscar.

Elsewhere, the yacht comes with the same start/stop button function that ignites the Lamborghini Huracan and Aventador sports cars. The Y shape of the lights on the boat’s bow evokes the Terzo Millennio concept car and the Sián FKP 37, both of which have headlights shaped like a Y.

The hardtop of the yacht comes from the same design as Lamborghini roadsters; it’s meant to minimise exposure to the sun and wind while maintaining peak aerodynamics.

The interiors of Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 reveal a high-tech design based on super-performing carbon stretch materials that minimise weight and maximise function (Pics source: Lamborghini)

Each Lamborghini 63 yacht comes with two V12, 2,000hp engines that can reach up to 60 knots, roughly 70mph. It’s not as fast as the Mercedes-AMG Cigarette Racing boat, which could hit more than 120mph. But it’ll get you from point A to B swiftly enough — and in true Italian style.

The ability to work on a yacht helps inspire design in what could be the future of Lamborghini cars, said Stefano Domenicali, the chairman and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, in a written statement.

“If I had to imagine a Lamborghini on water, this would be my vision,” Domenicali said.

Lamborghini has long dabbled offshore. In 1968, founder Ferruccio Lamborghini persuaded boatbuilder Carlo Riva to fit a pair of 350hp V12 engines from a Lamborghini 350 GT into a wooden Riva Aquarama boat. With a top speed of 48 knots, it became the fastest “Aquarama” boat Riva ever produced.

Indeed, so have many other automakers: Mercedes-AMG GmbH has made a dozen high-speed boats in partnership with Cigarette Racing. In 2016, Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc made the 37ft AM37 powerboat; in 2017, Lexus designed a one-off, 42ft Lexus Sport Yacht concept; and in the same year, Automobiles Ettore Bugatti debuted its 66ft, 1,000hp Niniette.

Last year, even Fisker Automotive got in on the act when it announced a 164ft superyacht with Benetti for the cool price of US$37 million (RM159.1 million) — a figure that makes the Lamborghini 63 look like quite the bargain. — Bloomberg