Designing boats seems to be the "in" thing among luxury carmakers nowadays. Following Mercedes-Benz's revelation that it'll be designing a yacht with Silver Arrows Marine in September, the latest luxury car brand to jump into the boat-designing business is Jaguar.
Unveiled at the international driving debut of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake, the Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars "showcases the design DNA of the British premium luxury and sports car manufacturer in an unexpected and spectacular package."
"We recognize that both our existing and future customers enjoy diverse and active lifestyles," said Jaguar design director Ian Callum. "With the launch of the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake, we had an opportunity to create a vision of how our design philosophy might be applied to an alternative product, in which speed and beauty are also priorities."
The Concept Speedboat has a gel coat fiberglass hull with a natural teak decking that's split by a carbon-fiber fin, inspired by the iconic Jaguar D-Type. The boat's front flows seamlessly into the screen and the red 2+1 cabin follows the sporting character of Jaguar cars. Jaguar's heritage is also subtly recognized with fuel filler caps inspired by the Series-1 XJ. Completing the boat's package are the polished aluminum propeller and pop-up mooring post.
"The Concept Speedboat looks powerful," added Callum. "It follows, in so many ways, the idea of a traditional speedboat but with the sleek and fast characteristics that you would expect from a Jaguar Car."
As good-looking as the concept speedboat may be, Jaguar added that the design project was commissioned to support the launch of the XF Sportbrake, and that it "has no plans to build or commercialize a boat of any kind."