A matching boat, it would seem, is fast becoming the motorist’s must-have accessory. Last month’s Update featured Mercedes-Benz’s Granturismo boat concept; now it’s Jaguar that has introduced its own take on the nautical theme at the international driving debut of the new XF Sportbrake.
According to Jaguar, The Concept Speedboat by Jaguar Cars showcases the design DNA of the British premium luxury and sports car manufacturer. Jaguar Design chief Ian Callum sees it as an “opportunity to create a vision of how (their) design philosophy might be applied to an alternative product, in which speed and beauty are also priorities”.
Yacht specialists Ivan Erdevicki Naval Architecture & Yacht Design were consulted on design and bespoke design project management company Seventy Seven Design was
also involved in the boat’s development.
The Concept Speedboat has a gel coat glass fibre hull. Its natural teak decking features a carbon fibre fin, inspired by the distinctive “fin” of the 1950s Jaguar D-Type. The Jaguar Series 1 XJ provided inspiration for the fuel filler caps.
The Sportbrake, incidentally, is the wagon version of Jaguar’s XF saloon. It’s available only with diesel power: either a hyper-economical 2,2-litre or a 3-litre twin-turbo V6 with up to 205 kW. It is rear-wheel drive, with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.
Sadly for Jaguar-owners who fancy a matching boat, the company says it has no plans to build or commercialise a boat of any kind.
Length overall – 6,1 m
Length at waterline – 5,3 m
Beam – 2,0 m
Draught – 0,4 m
Deadrise – 21°
Passengers – 2 + 1