Aston Martin Quintessence Yacht

High seas, high performance.

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Quintessence Yachts CEO Mariella Mengozzi, Aston Martin’s CCO Marek Reichman, and Bas Mulder of Bas Mulder Design have conspired to create the AM37, a super-yacht that boasts all the power, precision, and beauty of an Aston Martin sports coupe with naval architecture and design that seems to belong in the 22nd century. This is not a racing vessel, but a day-to-day-use boat of the “gran turismo” class. With top speeds of 44 knots (81 kilometres per hour) for the AM37, and 52 knots (96 kilometres per hour) for the AM37S, these are not for the faint of heart.

A special facility to build the boat is located in England, though the two naval companies are Dutch. Aston Martin considers this to be the first step in a planned series of specialty boats—details remain somewhat elusive, with some design drawings and an enticing video recently presented at Aston Martin’s Design Centre in Gaydon, not far off the M40 near Stratford-upon-Avon. The project is an extreme example of luxury and technical design yielding a product of great beauty and functionality. Performance and comfort are seamlessly combined. The AM37 project provides a glimpse into the future of high-performance vehicles—on the water and on the road.

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July 5, 2016