By: Scott Way
Jaguar Powerboats has been teasing a luxury centre console concept for weeks, and now the world has its first look at the all-new 55 Special. Described as a 'luxury centre console catamaran yacht,' the 55 Special comes with a bevy of high performance features one would rightfully expect from the legendary brand.
The 55 is slated to become Jaguar's first yacht powered with Mercury's latest Verado 600 V12 engines, which will provide the backbone necessary for a top speed in the 75 mph range. The 55 will also be available with quad Mercury 300R engines.
According to John Clarke, president of Jaguar Powerboats, “Hull number one of the 55 Special is nearing completion and will soon be tested at Mercury’s Lake X facility. With the 600s, we’re expecting a top speed of 75 mph—in a boat that offers all the amenities and luxury one would expect in a world-class yacht.”
Final renderings and specs for the 55 Special are set to be unveiled at the Palm Beach International Boat Show starting today (March 25th-28th). The boat itself is scheduled for its public unveiling at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.
The layout for the new 55 Special is a drastic change from Jaguar's usual aesthetic, but there are plenty of Jaguar traits showcasing the company's inclination for high performance innovation. The boat will carry a beam of 11'11" (3.35 m) to go with its 55' LOA (16.76 m) with transom doors on either side for easy access. The company press release described the design succinctly, calling it "more angular than previous Jaguar hulls, with bold chines and a dramatic reverse sheer. Drawing on its racing legacy, the steps generate lift to boost its top-speed performance, while strakes and running pads will ensure the boat’s sure-footedness and seakindly ride."
Up top, the 55 Special will carry a large 17'10" hardtop with seating underneath for 10. This includes six Llebroc helm chairs, two lounges, and two jumpseats. The centre console will also hold a built-in bar with refrigerator, sink, and bottle storage while the cockpit holds a second refrigerator with an icemaker.
Below deck is a generous 6'3" (1.9 m) of headroom with a full length master cabin offering a queen size bed, hanging closet, sofa, and television. The ensuite bathroom will boast a full shower with a toilet and sink, and a second head on the portside will be available as well. Four vertical yacht windows will reside on either side of the master suite, providing ample sunlight for those below deck.
With the boat currently in production with an anticipated October launch date, we will be sure to post updates as the 55 Special comes to market. For more information check out the Jaguar website.