Aston Martin has revealed plans to pair its supercars with a premium 1,200bhp speedboat, still under construction on the UK’s south coast and due to launch at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.
The 11.28m motorboat unveiled by Quintessence Yachts and called the AM37 (reflecting its 37ft length) would be perfect for the upcoming James Bond film, replacing the craft of big screen dramas provided by Sunseeker – also on the south coast – now owned by the Chinese Dalian Wanda Group.
The license agreement for the Aston Martin powerboat range gives Netherlands-based Quintessence the ability to design and build luxurious, high-performance boats in association with the world-renowned sports car manufacturer.
The Nautical Bond ties are already there, as the new super high-tech boat under construction incorporating carbon fiber structural elements by Quintessence near Southampton has naval architecture from Dutch independent Mulder Design who worked with Aston Martin designers.
Mulder specializes in custom and semi-custom superyachts, and his production of over 600 ships includes the high-speed Octopussy, Moonraker and The World Is Not Enough yachts – all names from Bond movies.
The concept of an Aston Martin outboard is nothing new. In 2011, the European design house of Luiz de Basto created the Voyage 55 yacht concept in homage to Aston Martin, inspired by the automotive brilliance of the Vantage, Rapide, DBS and Virage on a common “navigation platform” .
It has remained a dream, but while all we can see so far are these renderings, the AM37 promises to bring a big ‘wake-up call’ to those who value a high performance life on land and at sea.
Renderings show two seats in an open-top cockpit, but on a ship of this size there would be a lounge below, capable of converting to two berths, and a gallery.
Further design elements for the AM37 will be revealed in due course. Prospective owners of the new Aston Martin powerboat receive further details on a strictly confidential individual basis, further increasing the sense of excitement among those who share an affinity with the Aston Martin brand and the yachting world.
But we do know that initially two versions will be built, the AM37 with two 520 hp petrol engines and offered as a “gran turismo” leisure powerboat “of first class quality and refinement” good for 44 knots, and the AM37S with two 600 hp Mercury gasoline engines. engines capable of a healthy 52 knots for use from “the ultimate sporty driving to a superior commuter ride”. 370 hp diesels will also be available.
Advanced technologies such as interactive voice control and activation, the integrated full HD touchscreen with navigation and multimedia system and remote control functions create truly one-of-a-kind powerboats. But Aston Martin’s design director, Marek Reichman, promises other features “never seen on a boat before”.
It was Quintessence Yachts, a young company passionate about exploring new designs, that approached Aston Martin with the proposal of a new range of boats that would encapsulate style and performance in an exclusive design.
Mariella Mengozzi, CEO of Quintessence Yachts, said: “We are convinced that the Aston Martin ethos of ‘Power, Beauty and Soul’ can be successfully transposed into the yachting environment in a very special way. ”
Katia Bassi, Managing Director of Aston Martin Brands, said: “In our 102 year history, Aston Martin has produced some of the most iconic luxury sports cars of all time. Our contemporary designs retain classic lines while offering the latest technical innovations, and the exciting line of luxury speedboats that we are developing with Quintessence Yachts reflects this commitment to excellence in all fields, while perfectly encapsulating our “Art of” philosophy. Living ”.
While the craft will officially launch in September, its public debut will not be at the Southampton Boat Show that month, a stone’s throw from the Quintessence production site, but at the world’s largest mega-yacht event, the Monaco Yacht Show. taking place from 23-26 September.
The Monaco show promises an exceptional fleet of 115 bespoke superyachts and megayachts from 25 to 100 meters in length, of which the AM37 will be one of the 40 or so world premieres.