Since speed and style is sexy (and sells), it’s easy to see why many sportscar manufacturers want to design, build, and put their brand on high-performance powerboats. But not all car manufacturers have the power, mystique, reputation, and elegant good looks that Aston Martin has. And now that the new Aston Martin AM37 powerboat has just made it’s debut at the Monaco Yacht Show, the definition of powerboat speed, style, and sophistication may never be quite the same again.
According to preliminary reports, the AM37 is the result of two years of research, development, and most of all, teamwork between experienced Aston Martin designers and master craftsmen who worked on cars such as One-77, Aston Martin Vulcan, and the new DB11 to help make this innovative new yacht a reality.
Aston Martin’s EVP & Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, and his design team also collaborated closely with naval architect Mulder Design and Quintessence Yachts to ensure every element of the project was executed perfectly.
Reichman says, “AM37 is a pure translation of the Aston Martin DNA into an entirely new maritime concept. The powerboat reflects our values in terms of power, beauty and soul. The most important attribute for Aston Martin is the design language and proportion, we have transferred this DNA into AM37. 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.”
The AM37 is a day cruiser that can be transformed into an overnight berth by transforming the table into a comfortable bed. The cabin is well appointed with mood lighting and air-conditioning. With a refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee machine and a bathroom, on board, absolute comfort is guaranteed. Crafted from the finest leathers, elegantly laid out rear seating is available for up to eight people.
The exterior of AM37 features a design that is simple, yet immaculately executed. The boat is set apart by the attention to detail in every element of its design. The wraparound windscreen has been created from a single piece of sculpted glass fluidly draped over the AM37’s foredeck. Sliding deck technology allows owners to cover the cockpit of the boat completely at the touch of a button. The three lightweight carbon fiber panels, operated by the AM37 key, fold under the aft deck when the cockpit is uncovered. An electro-hydraulic carbon fiber bimini top is stowed under the engine hatch when not in use and, extending from the aft deck, a swim platform allows for easy access to the water.
At the helm, the AM37’s carbon fiber dashboard echoes styling elements from Aston Martin’s most advanced sports cars. It includes fine leather with functional features, such as the steering wheel, throttle handles and joystick in polished metals. The boat’s navigation, control monitor and entertainment systems are all integrated, with advanced multimedia functions.
The 37-foot model is available in two versions. The AM37 has an estimated top speed of 45 knots and is available with a choice of two 370 horsepower Mercury diesel or two 430 horsepower Mercury gasoline engines. And the AM37S version that’s capable of reaching 50 knots thanks to it’s powerful its twin 520 horsepower Mercury gasoline.
The new AM37 elegant, powerful, and British enough to be worthy of a James Bond film. And, while the price tag is well over $1 million, the good news is you don’t have to be in the British Secret Intelligence Service to get one.