You know what happens when the world’s fastest production car maker meets the world’s largest yacht builder? A luxury speed-yacht is born, obviously.
Licensed by Bugatti, renowned luxury yacht brand Palmer Johnson has designed a series of stunning open carbon-fiber sports yachts that features the French car maker’s style, design cues and overall philosophy.
In terms of price tags, the watercrafts are surely reaching (and easily passing) Bugatti’s territory, as the smallest of the three models, measuring 42ft (12.8 meters) has a starting price of €2 million ($2,170,800). As steep as it seems, the high-end fee for owning one of this impressive machines comes with some additional perks, as the yachts are heavily inspired by Bugatti’s history and heritage, as well.
Baptized the Niniette, Palmer Johnson’s creation makes a clear throwback to Ettore Bugatti’s own racing boats, named after the pet name of his daughter “Lidia”. Now, according to the manufacturer, Bugatti’s brand motto Art, Forme, Technique“, is being once again applied to a boat, 80 years later.
Similar with the Bugatti-branded sports cars of yore, the luxury yacht’s carbon fiber hull follows the same “Form follows Performance” approach; as it combines Palmer Johnson’s SuperSport series hull shape with elements of Bugatti’s iconic classic cars, such as he falling shoulder line of the Bugatti Type 57 C Atalante and the perfectly balanced proportions of the Type 41 Royale. Squint your eyes, they’re there. Bugatti’s DNA is also evident from the accentuated waistline and the two-tone paint scheme.
Of course, a Bugatti-branded super-yacht isn’t complete without some overwhelming performance figures, and Palmer Johnson’s ground-breaking SuperSport series comes with a mono hull with two sponsons that provide greater stability at speeds (and at anchor), and a top speed of 38 knots (about 70 km/h).
The central model is the PJ63 Niniette, which comes with a length of 63 feet (almost 20 meters) and a beam of 20.3ft (6.2 meters), and can be commissioned with a bespoke, Bugatti-grade interior to meet individual demands (capable to accommodate up to 4 guests), as Timur Mohamed, owner of Palmer Johnson said:
“The Palmer Johnson Niniette is the result of a maverick vision to perfect that delicate alchemy between desire and demand. Both Palmer Johnson and Bugatti share deeply held core values of reaching for what we cannot see, of reaching high to deliver the next unimagined experience, of always distancing ourselves from the herd,”