Bugatti and yacht builder Palmer Johnson have announced the release of the limited edition Bugatti Niniette 66. Inspired by the Bugatti Chiron, it will be the first in a new series of yachts, starting from 50ft, up to 80ft. The two companies have combined their pedigree in design, technology and performance into a vision of the future of sport yachts. What most folks seem to forget is that even though it is the maker of the fastest production car in the world today, Bugatti was once a boat builder too. Commissioned to create a one-of-a kind speedboat in back 1930 by Prince Carlo Maurizio Ruspoldi, founder Ettore Bugatti named the low on the water beauty the Niniette – the family pet name of his youngest daughter Lidia.
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After first renderings of the yacht had been presented in late 2015, a large number of potential buyers – among them several current Bugatti owners – expressed great interest in the project. However, they wished for a closer connection of the yacht to the latest supercar from Bugatti, the Chiron, after its world premiere in March 2016. Consequently, the designers and engineers went back to their drawing boards to eventually dream up the highly anticipated Bugatti Niniette 66.
The 20-metre-long yacht features Palmer Johnson’s innovative hull design combining a slender main hull with two sponsons left and right that have a positive effect on stability and roll dampening even at high speeds. The extensive use of carbon fibre also adds to the yacht’s structural rigidity, while at the same time reducing weight and increasing efficiency. With its accentuated centre line and the duotone colour split of the exterior, it encompasses key elements of Bugatti’s heritage. True to the company’s guiding design principle of ‘form follows performance’, the clear lines and dynamic stance of the yacht in combination with the characteristic, Bugatti signature line fused into the side profile of the boat are a clear reference to the recently launched Chiron.
The yacht features a spacious open deck with carbon fibre, fine leather and naturally blue morta oak wood as the dominating elements. The lower part of the deck houses a combined Jacuzzi, sun pad and champagne bar in the middle, flanked by two social areas on the side. Maritime connoisseurs will also cherish the fire pit, centrally located between the Jacuzzi and the two forward seats. With room for twelve guests on the main deck, the Bugatti Niniette 66 is ideal for entertaining.
Contrary to the common interior layout with several small cabins found in most conventional motor yachts, the salon of the Niniette is a very spacious environment. Only the finest materials – polished metal, carbon, leather and marble, are used for furniture and decoration. The centrepiece of the interior lounge is the large Bugatti horseshoe overlooking the generous seating area, while natural light streams in through the macaron-shaped window in the ceiling. Adjacent to the salon, the master suite equipped with a double-bed offers a comfortable retreat for the night.
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As you would expect with a Palmer Johnson, an advanced stabilised hull achieves speed with efficiency. The super slim main hull means higher speeds with lower input power and fuel burn. With the Bugatti Niniette 66 reaching top speeds of 44 knots, and with a shallow draft of 0.83 metres, Caribbean-friendly cruising is definitely possible.