Recently revealed, Bugatti’s luxury sport yacht has been created for those who want to match their $2.6 million Chiron supercar to something for use on the water. Baroque Yachts investigates
Boasting a fire pit and a Jacuzzi, not to mention Bugatti’s superlative styling, the limited edition sport yacht, Bugatti Niniette 66, has been inspired by the brand’s famous supercar, Chiron, the fastest production car in the world. This is not the first time that Bugatti has branded products other than its magnificent vehicles. There have been complete furniture collections boasting the Bugatti signature, high end watches and even motorcycles. And now there’s a Bugatti super yacht added to the mix.
The reason is simple, according to Bugatti’s Design Director and Head of Interior Design, Etienne Salome. He believes that the brand’s design philosophy is “so unique and original” that it lends itself to numerous products, not just exquisite cars. He does admit, though, that “a yacht is something special”, and for this reason, Bugatti’s design team collaborated with the expert yacht designers and builders at Palmer Johnson when they developed this innovative, powerful yacht.
Premier yacht designers Palmer Johnson are renowned for developing innovative yachts for the next generation, so designing Bugatti’s very special vessel was an exciting opportunity. The result is a very unique yacht that combines both brands’ design ethic and philosophy. And it matches the Bugatti Chiron perfectly, as this extraordinary sports car, which made its world premier at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, boasts a huge amount of power and can reach a top speed of 261mph.
The project has been in the works since 2015 and prospective buyers include many who own the Bugatti Chiron. The final product is a force to be reckoned with, a luxurious 66-foot-long sports yacht that is as powerful as it is beautiful. Made of carbon fiber composite so that it can move as fast as possible, the yacht can reach a top speed of 44 knots. Its spacious open deck features leather seats and exquisite oak wood. The lower deck boasts a champagne bar, lots of space and seating and a sun pad, not to mention the private Jacuzzi and fire pit mentioned earlier.
Inside, there’s a massive spacious salon instead of smaller cabins, beautifully fitted with a couch and massive flat screen TV. Next to the salon is a king-sized bed, plus a massive couch to sleep more guests.
The yacht boasts two 1,000-horsepower MAN V8-1,000 engines paired with Marine Jet propulsion water jets. The power is controlled by joystick in the topside cockpit which also boasts an interactive infotainment system that controls navigation, monitoring of systems and entertainment. The yacht’s shallow 4.3-foot draft enables it to enter waters denied boasts of a similar class because of their deeper draw.
The 66 limited edition yachts will be delivered to their lucky owners in exactly a year’s time, March 2018.
For those who aren’t aware – Bugatti actually does have a boat-building heritage. In 1930, the auto manufacturer was commissioned by Austrian Prince Carlo Maurizio Ruspoldi to build a one-off speedboat. It was named Niniette after the prince’s daughter’s pet, hence the name of the new water-bound Bugatti iteration.
Palmer Johnson Timur Mohamed has the last word. “The challenge was to create an experience and a persona as much as a yacht,” he explains, describing Niniette’s “streamlined luxury, sophisticated style, and unprecedented quality”. “For owners of tomorrow,” he says, “Niniette will lift your expectations of life even higher”.