The $2M Bugatti Niniette Only Hits 43 MPH—Because It’s a Yacht

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A Bugatti boat with that Veyron perhaps.

Bugatti, the ultra-luxury arm of Volkswagen, has a new ride. Thanks to a new partnership with Palmer Johnson, seafaring supercar fans will be able to take to the open waters in a choice of open-top sports yachts imbued with the storied French marque’s design philosophy, attention to detail and obsession with exotic lightweight materials.Bugatti, the maker of the Veyron supercar, and yacht builder Palmer Johnson are embarking on a joint project to design and build a new series of open carbon-fibre sport yachts.Bugatti – the French manufacturer behind the world’s fastest production car – has revealed plans for a series of sleek luxury yachts with a mid-range model starting from a staggering €3.25million (£2.3million or $3.5million) each.Not content with decimating the rules of physics and design on land, Bugatti has moved to the water with the Niniette range of super-luxury boats for the uber-rich.

The Niniette, as it is being christened, will come in three carbon fiber constructed sizes, from 12.8-26.8m (that’s 42ft to 88ft), and prices will start at €2 million. The series of Niniette yachts, featuring distinctive Bugatti design elements and advanced materials, will be available in three models from 12- to 26-metres, with the smallest – the PJ42 Niniette – starting at about NZ$3.2 million. Bugatti haven’t had a new model in ages – with the Chiron slated to be unveiled soon – but, that doesn’t mean the company is sitting and resting on its laurels. The French maker of some of the fastest production cars in the world has now turned its attention to the waters, taking the wraps off the Niniette, a super expensive yacht with the same level of cutting-edge technology as its cars. A carbon fibre collaboration between Bugatti and the Palmer Johnson shipwrights, this thing caps out at just under 70kmph and set you back about $AU4.14 million.

Aston Martin, through its partnership with Dutch yacht-maker Quintessence, has the AM37, which handles like an Aston and feels like an Aston in terms of its use of precious woods and leather. Now, more than 80 years later, this tradition has been revived and the brand motto of “Art, Forme, Technique“ is once again being applied to a boat. To be made by renowned yachtmaker Palmer Johnson, the Bugatti Niniette gets its name from Lidia Bugatti, daughter of company founder Ettore, and whose pet name was Ninette. Pininfarina, the Italian studio that has been responsible for Ferrari’s exterior design for decades, has just collaborated on its first superyacht, and Mercedes has its Arrow460 Granturismo luxury motor yacht.

From the side, the yachts have a blend of ultra-strong, ultra-lightweight titanium and dark blue exposed carbon fibre, while there is a combination of brown bubinga, maple or naturally blue morta oak wood and lightweight materials on deck. Actually, it is more of a return to roots for Bugatti, whose founder was as adept at building fast boats as he was at cars, and whose favourite yacht also happened to be named Niniette. 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. The design of the Niniette’s hull is based on Palmer Johnson’s SuperSport series – a mono-hull with two sponsons that provide greater stability at speeds and also at anchor.

Speaking of fast – it wouldn’t be a Bugatti if it were otherwise – the Niniette certainly is, although nowhere as fast as the road-going models that also bear the badge. 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”. Bugatti said the mid-range model, the PJ63 Niniette, has a length of 63ft and a beam of 20.3ft, with salons above and below deck, accommodation for up to four guests, and a cabin for crew.

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. This existing connection is why the two companies have looked to the classic Bugatti cars of the ’30s and ’40s for inspiration for the positions, strength and directions of exterior lines. Dr Stefan Brungs, a member of Bugatti’s board of management, said: ‘This very special project brings together two brands with more than 100 years of experience in high-end hand crafting in their respective fields. ‘Inspired by Bugatti’s design DNA, Palmer Johnson has created not only an incredibly elegant and beautiful yacht but also a masterpiece of craftsmanship featuring carbon fibre, titanium and precious wood.

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,” And that price for the base model doesn’t even take into account the cost of any additional bespoke customization that its wealthy owners would like, naturally. If you happen to be one of those Arab sheikhs or Silicon Valley tycoons just browsing by our humble page, and are interested in the Niniette, may we respectfully suggest you get your orders in stat.

Credit Suisse estimates the scandal could cost VW $87 billion, though the automaker, which has set aside $7.3 billion, calls that “nonsense,” according to CNN Money. So it’s no surprise the German giant is cutting next year’s R&D budget by about a billion dollars, to $13 billion, the first reduction since 2009. That includes a fully electric SUV with about 250 miles of range. “That money, honestly speaking, is already spent,” says Scott Keogh, Audi’s head of US operations.

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