Aston Martin hits the open water with Quintessence Yachts

Quintessence AM37 speedboat yacht design
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We know, we know: life is tough. You drive your Aston Martin Vanquish Volante from your mansion to the yacht club, and then what? Just get on board any old yacht? Of course not. You're going to need an Aston Martin speedboat, and fortunately that's just what we have here.

Born of a partnership among the British automaker, Dutch boatbuilder Quintessence Yachts, and the naval architects at Mulder Design, is the upcoming AM37. The speedboat, as you might have guessed, measures 37 feet long – which is a little more than two Rapides parked end to end (or nearly four Cygnets). Though there's only three images, we can already see the vessel's design takes cues from Aston's luxury GTs, particularly in the driving console. It looks a lot sleeker, at any rate, than the Voyage design we saw a few years ago, and at least as cool as the 20-foot speedboat Ian Callum designed to go with the Jaguar XF Sportbrake.

Full technical details have yet to be released as well, but Quintessence says the vessel will feature a "hi-tech composite structure allied to luxury sports car-like handling, performance and comfort." It'll also incorporate voice control and touchscreen display for the navigation and multimedia system. The yacht will be offered in two versions: the AM37 with a top speed of around 50 knots (the maritime equivalent of 57 miles per hour) and the AM37 S that'll top out at 60 knots (nearly 70 mph). That's mighty fast on the open water, with no stop signs or traffic gridlock to slow you down. Just the waves on the open water.

We don't know what will motivate the vessel to such speeds, but we're hoping for a marine version of Aston's signature 6.0-liter V12. Maybe even two of 'em. It wouldn't be unheard of, after all: Lamborghini has made boat engines, and a Ferrari-powered hydroplane set a longstanding record in the 1950s. Far more than the usual branded wristwatch or luggage, we're looking forward to seeing this one (quite literally) launch.

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Driven to succeed: Quintessence Yachts and Aston Martin

• Exciting sports car firm association creates a series of unique powerboats
• Stunning style, advanced technologies and exquisite craftsmanship
• Highest standards of yacht design and construction

29 April 2015, Gaydon: Quintessence Yachts is today unveiling the first details of an exciting
association with famous luxury British sports car maker Aston Martin which will result in the
creation of a unique series of stunning new powerboats.

The license agreement for the Aston Martin powerboat range gives Quintessence Yachts the
capacity to design and build luxurious and high performance craft, in association with the
world-renowned sports car maker.

Today's unveiling of the AM37 via a computer-generated rendering provides a tantalising
glimpse of the first model, and precedes a series of exclusive pre-launch events that will start
with a media and customer prospect activity at Aston Martin's global headquarters in
Gaydon, Warwickshire, prior to the boat's official debut later this year.

Key features of the Quintessence Yachts '7 series' 37-foot powerboat – available in two
distinguished versions – include a hi-tech composite structure allied to luxury sports car-like
handling, performance and comfort. Advanced technologies such as interactive voice control
and activation, a fully HD-integrated touch screen with navigation and multimedia system,
and remote controlled functions create true one-of-a-kind powerboats.

Further design elements of the AM37 will be revealed in due course. Potential owners of the
new Aston Martin powerboat are being given more details of the new project on a strictly
confidential one-to-one basis, further raising the sense of excitement among those who
share an affinity with the Aston Martin marque and the yachting world.

Quintessence Yachts is a young company with a passion for exploring new designs.
Convinced that there is something fresh to say in the classic yachting world by offering
innovative concepts, it approached Aston Martin with a proposal for a new range of boats
that would encapsulate style and performance in an exclusive design.

Mariella Mengozzi, CEO at Quintessence Yachts, said: "We are sure that the Aston Martin
ethos of 'Power, Beauty and Soul' can be successfully translated into the yachting
environment in a very special way.

"Since the license agreement was signed, the Aston Martin Design department has been
working seamlessly with the Quintessence R&D unit and naval architect Mulder Design in
Amsterdam to achieve a true example of design purity."

Katia Bassi, Managing Director Aston Martin Brands, said: "Over the course of our 102-year
history Aston Martin has produced some of the most iconic luxury sports cars of all time.
"Our contemporary designs retain classic lines whilst delivering the latest technical
innovations, and the exciting range of luxury speed boats we are developing with
Quintessence Yachts reflects this commitment to excellence in every field, as well as
perfectly encapsulating our 'Art of Living' philosophy."


Quintessence Yachts unveils first Aston Martin speedboat designs

Gaydon, 29 April 2015 – During an exclusive pre-launch event held at the Aston Martin
headquarters in the UK, Quintessence Yachts has released details of the first designs
now under construction as part of a unique partnership with the famous car brand.
The AM37 is a fast 37 foot leisure boat that synthesises tradition and innovation to
offer the ultimate 'driving on the water' experience.

A comprehensive digital exhibition of artworks and renderings was set up at the Design
Reception in Gaydon to showcase the in-depth cooperation between Aston Martin,
Quintessence Yachts and Mulder Design. Together the parties have created a genuine
expression of artisan skill while incorporating the very latest technological trends.

Quintessence Yachts gave Mulder Design a naval architect brief based upon the Dutch
company's ability to provide the framework of the design to Aston Martin and then ensure
that style changes made in the UK complemented the hull's performance. The design
process has involved a constant exchange of ideas for each single item from the dashboard
to the deck and the interiors, with the full commitment of the Aston Martin team providing
inputs and feedback on components and features.

The resulting boats are a pioneering delineation into the yachting environment of Aston
Martin style in its purest sense. The AM37 combines the highest degree of technology and
innovation in a genuinely unique manner that is sure to delight those who understand the
Aston Martin credo of 'power, beauty and soul'.

Based upon a concept of creating elegant fast boats with an exclusive design and a sporty
character, the 37 foot model will be presented in two version: the AM37 S, a true sportyacht
with a maximum speed of 60 knots, and the AM37, which is more of a gran turismo
leisure boat with an even higher degree of luxury and a maximum speed of around 50

A dedicated Quintessence Yachts facility is building the boats in the United Kingdom in
order to enhance the British DNA of the Aston Martin speedboats. The production process
deploys state-of-the-art vacuum infusion technology to ensure maximum quality control with
the hull being made in high-tech composite and structural parts in carbon fibre.

AM37 and the AM37 S are the first step in a strategic venture between Quintessence Yachts
and Aston Martin that will eventually result in a wide range of top quality speedboats.

Quintessence Yachts
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Quintessence Yachts has a passion for innovation and
exploring new concepts in the classic yachting world. Its core mission is to offer intimate
maritime experiences related to style, performance and design. Quintessence Yachts'
Supervisory Board is chaired by Henk de Vries, Director of Feadship.

Mulder Design
Established in 1979, Mulder Design has enjoyed a successful career spanning over three
decades. The past 35 years have seen over 600 of the company's designs come to life
including the now famous high-speed yachts Octopussy, Moonraker and The World Is Not
Enough. The name of this family-run company has become synonymous with high quality
and fast super-yachts.

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