Lionheart has a displacement steel hull and an aluminium superstructure, but the yacht and its build have been shrouded in secrecy from the outset. However, it is known that Stefano Natucci collaborated with Benetti on the exterior design and Green & Mingarelli Design is responsible for the interior design.
Lionheart has a sporty look, with a curved superstructure that ties the four decks together. It would appear from the photos that the garage is up forward, with side-opening doors for easy launching of the tenders.
The private balconies on the main deck are a notable addition and will offer great views from the accommodation, while more shell doors around the transom suggest a large beach club that can be opened on both sides.
Lionheart is the third Benetti to be ordered by the same owners, and replaces the 63.50 metre Lionheart (now Lioness V), which was launched in 2006. Lioness V is one of the best luxury yachts newly available for charter in 2016.
Lionheart is the biggest launch ever from the Italian yard. It overtakes the 85.9 metre Kingdom 5KR, which was launched in 1980 and is one of our favourite Benetti superyachts. Benetti has over 30 yachts on its order books, including an even bigger project, the 107 metre FB277. Construction is well underway, with the three hull sections transported to the yard in December 2015, and delivery is expected in 2019.