Pershing 140 flagship yacht under construction
by Chris Jefferies
The hull of the Pershing 140 superyacht has been pictured for the first time as the flagship of the range takes shape ahead of a planned 2018 launch date.
The design for this 42.67 metre fast planing yacht was revealed at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show and the sale was announced in Monaco one year later.
The owner is from continental Europe and was seduced by the sporty, powerful lines and innovative on-board features, Pershing added.
The Pershing 140 is the result of close collaboration between Ferretti Group’s Pershing team and naval architect Fulvio De Simoni and will become the flagship of the range, as well as the first Pershing yacht to be built in light aluminium alloy.
Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferreti Group, said the initial pictures of the new flagship give him “a shudder of excitement” and he is “sure the Pershing 140 will be the greatest thrill ever in Pershing’s history”.
Fulvio De Simoni, who has penned all of the Pershing models since 1985, said the design is highly innovative. However he has stressed they have made “the least possible invasive changes, preserving those iconic design elements that make every single Pershing yacht truly unmistakable at first sight”.
The sporty, competitive character loved by Pershing owners has been reflected in the steel grid on the bow, which is reminiscent of a coupé car.
The designers have aimed to combine this aggressive sporty personality with smart engineering features to ensure maximum comfort on board.
Two winged arches, integrated into the superstructure, create a sheltered private lounge on the aft deck and create a distinctive look, very much in keeping with the latest generation of Pershing designs.
The aft part of the main deck has been raised into a mezzanine level, giving more space for a huge superyacht beach club with fold-out sides. Launching the tender and Jet Ski creates even more lounging space in the beach club.
This area also boasts easy access to the sundeck, creating a multi-level outdoor space for the owners and their guests to enjoy.
Another notable design feature of the Pershing 140 is the concealed private area forward on the upper deck. When the yacht is anchored or moored, the otherwise hidden area is opened up to reveal a customisable zone for taking in the sun.
A wide-body owner’s suite on the main deck has been achieved by raising the forward part of the hull. Four further guest suites on the lower deck, arranged as two doubles and two twins, bring the total accommodation to 10 guests.
Below decks the well laid out crew areas provide hidden access from the comfortable living quarters through the engine room to the garage, as well as accommodation for a staff of up to seven people.
The Pershing 140 has three possible engine configurations on offer. Owners can choose between two variations of the twin MTU 4000 M93L engine set-up, either 12V or 16V, with hydro-jet propulsion to take the yacht to 24 knots and 33 knots respectively.
However, the owner of hull number one has opted for the most powerful option of four 2,600hp MTU 12V4000 M94 engine that should deliver a blistering top speed of 38 knots. A state of the art stabilisation system will provide maximum comfort, even at the sporty speeds that Pershing is renowned for.
Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian yard include the fifth hull in the Pershing 108 series, which is due to hit the water before the end of the year.