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8 of the best boats designed by car manufacturers

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Lexus Sport Yacht

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Speed, luxury, advanced engineering, symbols of status — the crossover between the boating industry and the car industry is closer than ever. Key examples include the yacht-friendly BAC Mono supercar and Adrian Newey, the F1 designer helping BAR's America's Cup bid. And now several luxury car brands have turned their expertise to designing luxury boats.

Lexus is at an immediate advantage as its parent company Toyota is already a big player in the Japanese motor yacht market. The 12.7 metre Lexus Sport Yacht is every inch as stylish, athletic and luxurious as you’d expect from the premium motoring brand, with its flowing lines evoking the Lexus LFA supercar.

Power comes from a pair of 440hp Lexus V8 engines for a top speed of 43 knots while there is enough seating space for eight guests to enjoy the ride. The proof-of-concept prototype (pictured above) was built by the Marquis-Carver Yacht Group in Wisconsin, however, Lexus sadly has no plans to put the Sport Yacht into mass production.

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