Beneteau unveils renewed Gran Turismo 50
Published: Monday, 07 August 2017
Beneteau has renewed its Sport Cruiser range – Gran Turismo line. Hardtop or Sportfly, the Gran Turismo 50 is the first of the Beneteau boats to be fitted with the onboard Ship control technology.
(Photos: Beneteau - Gran Turismo 50 Sportfly)
Gran Turismo 50 is the brainchild from the collaboration of Beneteau Power, Nuvolari & Lenard and Andreani Design. Based on the ‘full space’ concept, the main deck of the Gran Turismo 50 is completely open. She is equipped with the AirStep2 planing hull, developed together with Volvo.
In the hardtop configuration, the Gran Turismo 50 combines a retractable sun visor, side glazing that can be lowered and an opening roof.
The Sportfly version has a second driving station, a double bench seat, converting to a sun-lounger, beside the driver’s seat, as well as a saloon seating up to five guests.
At the stern are the addition of a large swim platform and a tender garage, which can hold either a tender – an outboard engine of up to 2.9m or a Williams’ minijet. Withstanding a weight of 350kg and equipped with an optional hydraulic lowering system, the full-beam swim platform is submersible for the enjoyment of a variety of water sports.
For the first time on a boat this size, the Ship Control onboard technology provides simple centralised access to her controls. Inspired by similar equipment used in the car industry, this user-friendly interface that enables checking the gauges, managing air-conditioning, navigation lights, indoor lights and the Hi-Fi system. The 7-inch tablet enables easy navigation of the Gran Turismo 50.
The cockpit continues in the form of a lounge area on the main full-space deck of the Gran Turismo 50. The concealed pocket frame glass door opens onto the deck.
The many glass windows, portholes and space on the lower deck fill the boat with lots of natural light. In the two available versions – ‘saloon cosy’ or three cabins – the Gran Turismo 50 has a full-beam owner’s suite with dressing room style fittings.
(Upper deck aft)
The walnut woodwork marries with the padded linings and lacquered items, as well as the soft-touch leatherette in the interiors.
In the galley, Corian worktops cover the fittings, while a small exterior cockpit – equipped with a grill-cum-worktop above the swim platform – is also located at the cockpit.