Sails talk: Aston Martin unveils nautical nirvana AM37
The luxury British marque's mighty powerboats make their world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show
James Bond is no stranger to risking his treasured Aston Martin in the odd car chase, but next time he heads out on the water, it may well be his brand of choice, too. Following in the wake of Jaguar, Porsche and Bugatti, the marque has made its debut in the nautical world with the launch of two powerboats – the AM37 and AM37S.
The duo deliver on everything you'd expect – speed, innovation and style – and are the result of a collaboration with specialists Quintessence Yachts that has been two years in the making. The 37ft AM37 is a day cruiser that can double as an overnight berth, thanks to essential home comforts that include a fridge, microwave and toilet. The high-spec exterior reflects the fluid lines seen across Aston Martin's automotive designs and has a wraparound windscreen sculpted from a single piece of glass, which drapes over the boat's foredeck.
Other advanced features include sliding-deck technology, which allows the owner to cover the cockpit at the touch of a button with three lightweight carbon panels that fold out from under the aft deck. The powerboat also incorporates the latest navigation, monitoring and entertainment systems, all operated from the dashboard at the helm.
The AM37 has an estimated top speed of 45 knots, while the AM37S, with its twin 520hp Mercury petrol engines, will reach 50. Both are finished with the attention to detail and commitment to craftsmanship that's become synonymous with the brand.
"The most important attribute for Aston Martin is the design language and proportion. We have transferred this DNA into the AM37," says Aston Martin's executive vice president and chief creative officer Marek Reichman. "It was important to us when considering this project to make sure that the boat design was as beautiful and timeless as our cars. The AM37 is a striking boat with fantastic proportion and elegance."