Aston Martin's AM37 powerboat debuts in Monaco
Having been announced almost a year-and-a-half ago, Aston Martin's first foray into the world of powerboats has finally come to fruition. The AM37 debuted today at the Monaco Yacht Show and, despite the carmaker being a little wet behind the ears nautically, it is as good-looking as you'd expect.
In order to have some expert input from firms already in the field, the British marque partnered with boat builder Quintessence Yachts and naval architect Mulder Design. Being more au fait with dreaming up cars, Aston Martin worked with Mulder to develop the design for the AM37, after which Quintessence went about bringing it off the page and into reality. The result is the culmination of two years of work and is aimed at combining "innovative technology and bespoke craftsmanship."
"The most important attribute for Aston Martin is the design language and proportion, we have transferred this DNA into AM37," says executive vice president and chief creative officer at Aston Martin Marek Reichman. "It was important to us when considering this project to make sure that the boat design was as beautiful and timeless as our cars, the AM37 is a striking boat with fantastic proportion and elegance."
In essence, the AM37 is a 37-ft (11-m) day cruiser, although the table in its cabin can be transformed into a bed for overnight stays. The cabin is also said to boast mood lighting, air-conditioning, a refrigerator, a microwave and a coffee machine. There's an on-board toilet, too.
Outside, there's an epoxy resin composite hull with sculpted wooden decking. The simple exterior aesthetic that Aston was aiming for is finished with a wraparound windscreen formed from a single piece of glass.
The cockpit boasts a carbon fiber dashboard, polished metal highlight features and leather rear seats that can accommodate up to eight passengers. There are also integrated navigation, control monitor and entertainment systems.
Suitors can choose between two versions of the powerboat. The basic AM37 model is powered by either twin 370-hp (276-kW) diesel engines or twin 430-hp (321-kW) petrol engines and has a top speed of 45 knots (52 mph/83 km/h). For a bit of extra oomph, the AM37S model has twin petrol engines kicking out 520 hp (388 kW) each and can reach speeds of up to 50 knots (58 mph/93 km/h).
The cruisers are available to order now, with the AM37 priced at £1,260,720 (about US$1.64 million) and the AM37S at £1,621,489 (roughly $2.11 million).
Source: Aston Martin