Ferretti Group reveals new Pershing 8X
by Miranda Blazeby
The revamped Pershing 8X is the result of a collaboration between designer Fulvio De Simoni, the Ferretti Group product strategy committee, headed up by Piero Ferrari, and the group’s engineering department.
The 25.55 metre carbon fibre model is a “true evolution” on the Pershing 82, featuring “lines that are even sleeker and sportier," the yard said.
Key exterior aesthetic details include “imposing side wings”, which Ferretti Group chief operating officer Stefano de Vivo described as the “wings of a new Pershing era”. Its sundeck meanwhile boasts an “aerodynamic profile.”
One key “distinctive and characterising innovation” of the new model is the stairway that leads up to the sundeck. The yard described the stairs as "black painted steel steps covered in teak and framed by carbon fibre".
Another stand-out feature is the yacht’s music hull, which has been developed by the Ferretti Group engineering department in collaboration with tech company Videoworks. The new technology sees a high definition loudspeaker embedded within the hull to provide music for underwater dive and swimming sessions. The music hull can be controlled by the owner and guests by smartphones and tablets.
The 15 metre square sundeck features a sunpad and sofa for al fresco relaxation. The aft swimming platform meanwhile leads to the tender garage, which is spacious enough to hold one Williams Sportjet 345 tender and a Jet Ski.
Moving inside, the main deck is divided into three different areas; a lounge, dining area and helm station. The deck also features double side access from two doors at the helm station and a dining table big enough to seat eight.
Accommodation is for eight guests in four double cabins on the lower deck. These include a full-beam master with walk-in closet and bathroom, a foredeck VIP cabin with dedicated port-side bathroom and two double guest cabins and a sharing starboard-side bathroom.
The crew quarters meanwhile allow for a staff of three in one single and one double cabin.
Power comes from a pair of MTU 16V 2000 M96 2435hp engines for a top speed of 45 knots and cruising speed of 38 knots.
However, there is also the option to install a second propulsion system, which is featured on the first unit of the series. The twin 2638 hp MTU 16V 2000 M96L engines provide a top speed exceeding 48 knots and a cruising speed of 41 knots.