All at sea: Aston Martin leaves us guessing after releasing a few tantalising details of its new superboat
Aston Martin has already dipped a toe into nautical waters. Last year, it announced a series of beautifully crafted, powerful yachts, but new sketches offer a glimpse into the design of another concept, the AM37 - the first of a family of powerboats to be built in partnership with Dutch firm Quintessence Yachts.
Only a few details of the 37-foot craft have been released ahead of its debut later in the year. What we know is that much like the marque's latest Vulcan supercar, tough yet lightweight carbon-fibre is utilised throughout construction.
A scalpel-sharp curved hull is at the centre of its design, a feature that Aston Martin design director Marek Reichman promises will surprise. 'It goes into a negative and positive,' he smiles. 'When you see it, you'll think you cannot possibly do that.'
One of the most charming features is the delicate sound of water hitting the hull. Here, a large diffuser mounted at the rear directs water through for an added Aston Martin note, while at the same time creating a unique wave pattern at the back.
To ensure the sculpture works visually when the vessel is both stationary and in motion, Reichman applied what he terms a certain 'cleanliness' to the surface. He explains, 'There's a very different dynamic in terms of its surface language. Typically with a boat of this size there is a lot going on, but here we describe it with three lines. It adds drama.'
Another distinctive feature is the deck, which opens to cover the open space for a seamless path onto the vessel. Once on-board it quietly slides back to expose the whole interior.
The cabin will feature all the luxury staples - wood, leather, metals - but with some unique applications and a great deal more leather and shaped wood than in any other yacht of its size. 'We had a great transfer of knowledge,' notes Reichman, 'and the wood you'll see in our future cars is immense!'
The craft will be available in two trim levels - the leisure AM37 'gran turismo' with speeds of up to 50 knots (57mph), and the S-line sportyacht that can power up to 60 knots (69mph). The first boat should set sail in September