With a length of 20 metres, a jacuzzi positioned in the cockpit, a 40-knot maximum speed and a price of almost 2.6 million dollars, the new Bugatti Niniette 66 is a yacht inspired by an automobile luxury symbol, the Bugatti Chiron.
The project had been already discussed in 2015 when the management of the car manufacturer and that of Palmer Johnson, a luxury yacht builder, started to consider an idea that was not particularly original but certainly efficient: to put the strengths of the two brands together and craft a yacht based on the design of a supercar. During almost two years, the projects took shape and, now, it has been officially announced: the project of the first Palmer Johnson Bugatti Niniette 66 (this is the full name of the yacht) is finally ready and paves the way for a series of yachts ranging from 50 up to 80 feet.
The yacht is totally made of carbon fiber in order to reduce displacement and increase robustness and rigidity. The reversed sharp bow widens to the hull sides and defines a very large maximum beam combined with two side sponsons which contribute to reduce rolling and increase stability in navigation.
The deck perfectly reflects the typical Bugatti style in terms of materials, which are all hand-crafted, from leather to tissues, and colours. But the most remarkable features are the presence of a jacuzzi in the cockpit, located just behind the pilot station and convertible into a sun pad, and a fire pit. The latter might seem to be a too risky choice but the two manufacturers guarantee the total safety of the device.
Of course, the pilot station, too, is completely based on the design of Bugatti supercars, with a steering wheel which was literally uprooted from the Chiron and installed on the Niniette 66. The yacht is fitted with two MAN engines outputting 1,000 and 1,200 HP.
Interiors show a very original design. First of all, they include only one large central cabin .This is the standard layout but, of course, customers can benefit from many customization possibilities. However, an increase in the number of cabins might distort the design of this boat, where luxury is expressed also in terms of space. On the bow, in fact, there’s a large lounge whose sofas follow the hull profile. Matching materials including brushed steel, leather and marble create an extraordinary elegance effect.
As we’ve already said, it’s the first model born out of the collaboration between the two companies even if, in 1930, company founder Ettore Bugatti was commissioned by Prince Carlo Maurizio Ruspoldi to build a boat. It was christened Niniette, after the name of a dog owned and much loved by the Bugatti family.