Palmer Johnson and Bugatti collaborate on supercar-inspired Niniette 66
Published: Thursday, 09 March 2017
Sports car brand Bugatti and motoryacht builder Palmer Johnson have collaborated on releasing the Bugatti Niniette 66, which will be the first in a new series of yachts from 50ft-80ft. The model is inspired by car model Bugatti Chiron.
(Photos: Palmer Johnson - Bugatti Niniette 66)
Starting the project in early 2015, the first renderings of the yacht was presented in late 2015 and potential buyers including current Bugatti owners expressed interest in the project. After the world premiere of Bugatti Chiron in March 2016, designers and engineers went back to their drawing boards to launch the anticipated Bugatti Niniette 66.
The 20m 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 at high speeds.
Timur Mohamed, CEO of Palmer Johnson, said: “The challenge was to create an experience and a persona as much as a yacht, from streamlined luxury, sophisticated style and unprecedented quality. For owners of tomorrow, Niniette will lift your expectations of life even higher.
“This construction also allows for a wider build compared to other yachts in this class, thus offering the experience of a much larger yacht.”
The extensive use of carbon fibre also adds to the yacht’s structural rigidity, while at the same time reducing weight and increasing efficiency.
The yacht features a spacious open deck with carbon fibre, 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. Another feature is the fire pit, located between the Jacuzzi and the two forward seats.
Metal, carbon, leather and marble are used for furniture and decoration. Centrepiece of the interior lounge is the large Bugatti horseshoe overlooking the seating area, while natural light streams in through the macaron-shaped window in the ceiling. Adjacent to the saloon, the master suite is equipped with a double bed.
The slim main hull indicates high speeds with low input power and fuel burn. Side sponsons give additional vessel beam and hence increased stability at rest. She can reach top speeds of 44 knots, and with a shallow draft of 1.3m. Bugatti designed helm chairs and a futuristic command centre with interactive infotainment system for vessel navigation, monitoring, control and entertainment enhance the experience.
Etienne Salomé, Design Director at Bugatti said: “The Niniette is a genuine member of the Bugatti family. 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 reference to the recently launched Chiron. Even from a large distance when entering a port, the Niniette will always be recognised as a true Bugatti.”