Historically, yachts have been exclusively designed for either luxury or sports. Until recently, mixing the genres together was unheard of, but now, most of the big shipyards are either already producing SUYs, or; like Pershing, are releasing design concepts hoping to catch a new breed of the yacht owner.
The popularity of Lamborghini’s Urus and the launch of Ferrari’s Purosangue proves that there is already a market for large, luxury sportsters on the road and the GTX116 will certainly live up to Pershing’s high-performance image on the water. Triple MAN V12 2000 turbo diesel combined with waterjet propulsion is planned and these are rated at 2,000mhp each, giving the Pershing a top speed of 35.5 knots along with a fast cruise of 29.5 knots (preliminary data). For a more leisurely trip, triple MAN 1800s come as standard, but will still impress guests – remember, this is a 35-metre superyacht.
The Pershing range has always been given a sleek look by Fulvio De Simoni. Even the top of the range Pershing 140, at 43-metres had a sports coupe silhouette. For the GTX, De Simoni, in collaboration with the Ferretti Group Strategic Product Committee led by Mr. Piero Ferrari and the Group’s Engineering Department have created a more volumous look characterised by the numerous, interconnected outdoor areas.
Unlike any Pershing before it, the GTX116 features an onboard flow that stretches from the swim platform to the Gran Turismo-inspired ‘grille’ at the bow. Setting the scene is the large main cockpit, furnished for maximum comfort with a sofa, a dining table, and a cocktail bar. This seamlessly leads into the open space main living area, which features a lounge aft plus a galley and dining area amidships. For even more connection with the sea, the GTX’s living areas can be fitted with floor-to-ceiling glazing on the port side that opens onto a four-meter-long exterior balcony.
The first GTX116 has a five-cabin layout, consisting of a full-beam master amidships; two double VIPs and two twins, all with private bathrooms. The alternative is a layout with four cabins – master, two VIP, and one twin. The interior design focuses on mirrored surfaces and ‘Made in Italy’ materials, including leather by Poltrona Frau.
Fast, luxurious, and usable, the Pershing GTX adds another dimension to the Pershing range, creating a next-generation SUY for a new generation of owners.