Lexus has been teasing a so-called fourth flagship model on social media for a few days. I’ll admit that I was captivated by the announcement, hoping for a new Lexus LF-A style supercar, or as some speculated, an “LT” shooting brake. Hell, even a production version of the LF-1 Limitless crossover shown at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year would have been a logical step forward. But no, instead, yesterday, the brand launched a new Yacht, the LY 650 Luxury Yacht.
Lexus Takumi specialists were involved in the design process, and the car company is entrusting the manufacture, sales, and service to renowned Marquis-Larson Boat Group of Pulaski, Wisconsin. Lexus promises artisinal craftsmanship, modern technology, and inspired design. It sure looks like a boat, so the design must have been inspired by a boat.
The boat measures 65 feet in overall length, and 19 feet across. The Lexus boasts “three lavish staterooms, and several multi-purpose entertainment and lounge areas.” The official release does not mention powertrain, but Autoblog claims you can choose from a Volvo IPS 1200 or Volvo IPS 1350 marine engines.
This isn’t the Lexus flagship I expected, or even wanted, to see. I was hoping for an incredible automobile. I guess if you’re going to weather an uprising of the proletariat, a luxury yacht will help put mileage between you and the battlefields better than a car could.