Heesen 37m "Aurelia" – Click above for high-res image gallery

Most mega yachts come in white. Some cut a different path through the water with dark blue, forest green or even dark red hulls. But this, this is something else entirely.

The proud new owner of the 37-meter (121-foot) motor yacht you see here is evidently a certifiable car nut. He named his vessel Aurelia after the iconic Lancia coupe, and the guest cabins below decks after famous coachbuilders Bertone, Pininfarina and Zagato, whose designs influenced the cabins' decor.

And there's something else here... what are we forgetting? Oh yeah, the owner had the aluminum hull painted baby blue and orange in tribute to the classic livery of so many famous racing cars, with a big number 10 on the side in reference to her hull number. Even the tender – a 14-foot Castoldi water-jet-powered runabout – has reportedly been decked in matching livery.

The tenth of its type to be launched by Dutch shipyard Heesen Yachts, Aurelia has been fitted with four spacious bedrooms, each with en-suite head (that's bathroom to you landlubbers) instead of five smaller ones. It also has a salon with dining table and lounge space with bio-ethanol fireplace, and plenty of exterior lounging space.

A pair of gyroscopic stabilizers keep Aurelia steady in rough waters for the comfort of all aboard, but you're not interested in stability, are you? Of course not. You want to know what she's got in the engine room, so we'll tell you: a pair of MTU 65-liter V16 turbo-diesels, each producing – wait for it – 3,648 horsepower, for a grand total of 7,296 horsepower. That's sufficient to propel her up to 30 knots (34.5 miles per hour). Which may not sound very fast, but keep in mind this floating mansion weighs 155 metric tons.

We've got the full press release for you after the jump and a full gallery of high-resolution images, so wipe off the old Sperrys and climb aboard.
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Oss, The Netherlands, June 2011

Heesen Yachts launches YN 15437, the 37metre semi-displacement motor yacht christened Aurelia, ahead of schedule.

Heesen Yachts is proud to announce the delivery of MY Satori, the first in the new 50metre semi-displacement class after sea trials in the North Sea.

Project-managed by Nakhimov, Aurelia is the tenth in the successful 37metre class built by this Dutch shipyard. Powered by two MTU 16V 4000 M90 diesel engines, she is an all-aluminium hard chine vessel with the ability to reach a maximum speed of 30 knots. Styled by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects, her sleek and elegant lines are enhanced by a paint scheme inspired by Gulf Racing colours, with a number 10 (that relates to the hull number) on her quarters. Dobroserdov Design repeated this decal on the 14foot Castoldi tender to celebrate the Owner's true passion for sport and racing cars.

In fact the whole yacht is inspired by racing cars: the name that she bears is a tribute to the first ever GT Lancia Aurelia. The theme is carried out throughout the whole vessel with all the cabins named after racing car designers. Nakhimov introduced Bannenberg & Rowell to the Owner who was impressed by the richness of materials and elaborate details that characterize the style of this design firm and decided to hire them to create Aurelia's interiors.

Aurelia perfectly exemplifies the ability of Heesen Yachts to fully customize a yacht. While the other 37metre vessels sport five cabins, the Owner of Aurelia wanted to offer more comfort to his guests and more space for his crew, so designated a guest cabin for the captain and made more room for the laundry. Comfort on board, especially when at anchor, is improved by a pair of Seakeeper gyro stabilizers that are incredibly efficient under all conditions and require no through-hull fittings.

The main salon is divided in two; a dining area with a large rounded table and a cozy lounge space with an L-shaped sofa, two design armchairs and a fire place (by Australian company Eco Smart) that uses Bio Ethanol – a wonderful piece of design. "We gave it a pretty low level streamlined style, slightly masculine...inspired by the Dunhill cigarette lighter aesthetic" says Simon Rowell, from Bannenberg & Rowell.

Eight guests can be accommodated in Aurelia's four cabins. The master suite is traditionally located forward on the main deck and the three double guest cabins – all with ensuite shower rooms – are positioned on the lower deck. Bertone (orange Lamborghini), Pininfarina (red Ferrari), and Zagato (green Aston Martin) are the race car designers who inspired the décor of the guest cabins.

Guests can enjoy life at sea in three exterior social areas: the partially sheltered aft cockpit; the vast sundeck with its comfortable sitting area and convivial bar; or can take the sun on the large mattresses located in front of the wheel house.

Aurelia will be on show at the Cannes Festival de la Plaisance in September 2011.

MY Aurelia main characteristics

Naval Architecture: Heesen Yachts
Exterior Designer: Omega Architects

Exterior Paint Scheme: Dobroserdov Design
Interior Designer: Bannenberg & Rowell Design
LOA: 37,30 m
Beam (maximum): 7,50 m
Draft extreme (50% load): 2,20 m
Displacement (50% load): 155 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 30.000 litres
Fresh Water capacity: 8.000 litres
Maximum speed (light load): 30 knots
Range at 12 knots: 1.900 Nm
LOA: 37,30 m
Beam (maximum): 7,50 m
Draft extreme (50% load): 2,20 m
Displacement (50% load): 155 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 30.000 litres
Fresh Water capacity: 8.000 litres
Maximum speed (light load): 30 knots
Range at 12 knots: 1.900 Nm
ABS, XA1 Commercial Yachting Service, XAMS
Classifications: MCA / LY2, short range
Main engines: 2 x MTU 16V4000M90, diesel engines
Stabilizer: 2 x Seakeeper Model 21000 Gyro stabilizers

For more information please contact:
Heesen Yachts -PR & Press Office -Sara Gioanola
+31 611 499 600

Heesen Yachts | Rijnstraat 2 | 5347 KL Oss | The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)412 66 55 44 | F: +31 (0)412 66 55 66
E: press@heesenyachts.nl | I: www.heesenyachts.nl

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