The Lexus LY 680 pushes Lexus lifestyle aspirations further out to sea

Toyota is not new in the boating industry: the Toyota Marine division has been marketing aquatic products under the Ponam brand name since 1997. In 2019, Lexus get into the water with the LY 650 luxury yacht, “a new embodiment of Lexus’ challenge to go beyond the car to deliver innovative and amazing experiences.” Built by Wisconsin-based Marquis Yachts, the LY 650 had similar lines to Marquis’ 630 Sport Yacht or 65, the stylized lines and interior of the Lexus yacht designed by Italy’s Nuvolari Lenard. A refresh for that first attempt results in the LY 680, which adds 55 centimeters to the length of the flybridge, providing more space for the lounge sofa and barbecue, and 27.6 centimeters to the aft swim platform. The overall length grows to 67.8 feet.

The other major specifications are common to the two watercraft, including the beam of 18 feet 11 inches, three decks, the interior design with the three staterooms that can accommodate six people, the ability to accommodate 15 people comfortably, 226 liters of fresh water stowed underneath , and a 1,060-gallon fuel tank.

Unlike the LY 650, which debuted in Boca Raton, Florida, and was built in Wisconsin, the LY 680 is intended for the Japanese market; It is said that Lexus sold four units of the LY 650 before production was halted. The construction of the LY 680 has been outsourced to the Taiwanese yacht builder Horizon Group.

The LY 680 offers two engine options, twin Volvo Penta IPS 12.8-liter inline-six inboards delivering 789 hp or 986 hp each, eliminating the middle 887 hp option offered by the LY 650. Since the Volvo Pentas were rated at 50 gallons per hour, running both engines at full capacity would still give the captain about 10 hours to reach the next port.

Toyota Marine is now accepting orders for the LY 680, but only in Japan, while other markets “will be considered in the future based on customer demand.” It costs 770 million yen, or $5.1 million USD. The first deliveries are scheduled for 2026.

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