The 2015 edition of Monaco Yacht Show wrote a new page in the history of one of Italy’s most extraordinary yachting brands. It was not by chance that Pershing chose to present its new flagship in the world capital of mega yachts. This superyacht is indeed a gift to all enthusiasts on the occasion of Pershing’s 30th anniversary. The Pershing 140, the first to be built in light alloy, is expected to make its debut in 2018.
“Last July we showed the Owners that took part in Pershing’s 30th anniversary celebrations in Palma de Majorca the first renderings of the new yacht, and their reaction was exactly like mine is every time I look at the pictures of this new amazing flagship: a shudder of excitement. What we call ‘thrill’ within the Company that only Pershing is able to give” - comments Ferretti Group’s CEO Alberto Galassi.
“The reaction of the media during the press conference we held in Monaco was the same.
This is why I can't wait for this incredible vessel to be built: I want to see it growing month after month. I am sure the Pershing 140 will be the greatest ‘thrill’ ever in Pershing's history."
The new 140-footer (LOA: 42.53 m) is the result of the cooperation between and among Ferretti Group’s Product Strategy Committee, its Engineering Department, and architect Fulvio De Simoni.
It will be the first Pershing yacht to be built at the Group’s Ancona boatyard, which specializes in the construction of steel and aluminium super and megayachts over 40 meters in length.
With this new flagship, the brand is indeed stepping into a new design and construction era, combining its traditional strong drive towards innovation with the heritage of 30 years spent in the forefront.
“This flagship is highly innovative, as typical of the brand’s DNA” – says architect Fulvio De Simoni, the founder of Italprojects, who pencilled all Pershing models since 1985.
“On the other hand, we decided to make the least possible invasive changes, preserving those iconic design elements that make every single Pershing yacht truly unmistakable at first sight.
Such a consistent, harmonious evolution, always in line with an unfailingly original approach to yachting, endows the Pershing 140 with an unprecedented style, which is however coherent with a history I am proud to be part of.”
The new superyacht features an aggressive outer profile, characterized by an aluminium hull and a superstructure with few composite material inserts on the main deck. Once in the water, it will express the vessel’s powerful character to the fullest. This craft is imposing and yet not too austere, with extremely sleek lines that reflect the brand’s sporty character.
Engineering activities focused on the development of a well-integrated project, aimed at ensuring that every design element is truly harmonized with the others. Extensive studies were carried out on the hull, partially drawing inspiration from military models, to create an innovative hull that would guarantee performance values up to the Owners’ expectations. At the same time, in spite of this superyacht’s extremely sporty personality, maximum comfort had to be ensured onboard.
For this reason, a wide-body Owner’s suite was designed on the main deck - a solution that required raising the forward part of the hull, further increasing the vessel's powerful, majestic look.
The yacht’s profile also features several design elements, including some unprecedented ones, that preserve the family feeling with the brand's most recent models. The most glaring example of this are to be found in the two side wings integrated in the superstructure and anchored to the gunwale at the beginning of the side decks. On the new 140-footer this stylistic feature - by now a unique element of the latest Pershing generation - effectively protects the cockpit private lounge on the sides.
The slender, contemporary-style bow too contributes in enhancing the yacht's aerodynamic profile. Moreover, a steel grid in the front part - reminding of coupé cars - further highlights that sporty, competitive character that is deeply loved by Pershing owners - who certainly are owners, but more than that ‘drivers’ of their coupes flying on the water.
AFT BEACH CLUB AND COCKPIT
The design of the aft cockpit has been totally revisited to offer the Owner an amazing and exceptional experience of comfort and relaxation. The theatrical effect and unique layout is obtained by raising the external part of the cockpit and turning it into a mezzanine directly connected with the beach club below, the upper deck and the more internal part of the cockpit. All this creates a vast outdoor area over the sea, which rises from water level to the sundeck, interlinking the entire aft space.
Indeed, the mezzanine:
• allows the internal lounge in the garage to be on the same level as the external platforms and not at a lower level, as on other yachts; this allowed to create a very large water-level beach club, with fully-accessible floor space overlooking the sea;
• protects the privacy of the second cockpit lounge, reachable by walking down a few steps towards the bow of the yacht and sheltered at the sides by the large wing glazing;
• facilitates the flow of guests, who can easily move between external areas or proceed forward into the salon on the main deck.
MAIN DECK INTERIORS
Pershing 140 owners will be able to design the interiors of their superyacht with the assistance of architects and designers of Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department. Yacht’s interiors are like a tailor-made suit that may be carefully designed to reflect the style of its Owner, who will have the opportunity to supplement or alter the various layout solutions offered by the Shipyard.
Walking past the glazing on the cockpit, guests can access a light-flooded open space, designed to make them feel immediately welcomed. The latter space comprises a living area followed by a dining area.
To the left of the living space are the stairs leading to the galley and the crew cabins.
The central part of the main deck regulates flows between the various decks and leads to the captain’s quarters and the Owner’s suite. A lobby to the left allows to climb up to the pilot bridge or use the day toilet.
Further down, the captain can access his/her own private cabin with separate head. To the other side, towards the bow of the yacht, the lobby with the stairs leading to the guest cabins, followed by the large private cinema/play room, which the Owners can alter to their liking.
Further down is the wide-body Owner’s suite. Fitted with forward-facing double bed, desk to the left and lounge to the right, it enjoys beautiful panoramic views and maximum privacy. In the forwardmost section of the cabin are a large walk-in wardrobe to the right and two large separate heads to the left.
With four guest suites, including three VIP double suites and one twin cabin, the lower deck accommodation is perfectly in line with what one would expect from a superyacht of over 40 meters.
Two of the VIP cabins are positioned along the sides, towards the stern, while the third one is located at the extreme bow. The twin cabin with private head, instead, is situated on the left side of the yacht. Besides the large wardrobes and private heads with separate showers, the two aft VIP suites also feature a desk area overlooking the sea through the large hull glazing.
The forward most VIP cabin is of a standard comparable to that of a master cabin, with desk area to port, comfortable lounge to starboard, a spacious walk-in wardrobe and a large private head.
The crew quarters are very comfortable too. After climbing below decks from the internal salon or the left side deck and walking past a lobby, crew members will find the spacious galley along the left side of the yacht. After a door to starboard, conversely, they can enter the dinette and then walk towards the bow to reach the three cabins with bunk beds and private heads. From the lobby, crew members can also directly access the plant room and the engine room. Another door leads to the garage which, once the tender and the jet sky have been launched, can be turned into an internal lounge for the beach club.
UPPER DECK AND EXTERNAL FORWARD LOUNGE
On the Pershing 140 the upper deck blends perfectly into the overall profile of the yacht, with its central section containing the aerials and satellite systems, being protected by a hard top. This area is primarily a large panoramic terrace that can be entirely furnished with freestanding units. It can be accessed from the mezzanine section of the cockpit or the raised pilot bridge, which is directly connected with the outdoor control station. The yacht also features large and innovatively-designed external forward spaces.
Moreover, Pershing 140 offers its guests another private area, protected by the waves, so that it can be comfortably used just after cruising. After climbing the steps on the side decks above the deck house, at the height of the wide-body Owner’s suite, guests can relax on the large forward sun pad, beyond which is a large lounge concealed by a platform that can be opened up when the yacht is anchored or moored up. Also the furnishings in this private area can be entirely chosen by the Owner.
The Pershing 140 currently comes in three possible engine configurations. The first two options include two MTU 4000 M93L engines, either 12V (3460 HP) or 16V (4613 HP). Hydro-jet propulsion will ensure outstanding performance in terms of both cruising and maximum speed - the latter will reach 24 knots when 12V MTU engines are installed and 33 knots if the more powerful configuration is chosen (preliminary data). A third option is the installation of four MTU M94 2600 HP engines, which ensure a maximum speed of 38 knots (preliminary datum).
As is the case of all Pershing yachts, top-of-the-range electronic and home automation systems will be installed. Similarly, in line with the tradition of a brand that never compromised the performance while ensuring maximum onboard comfort, the new 140-footer will be equipped with cutting-edge stabilization systems, allowing guests to enjoy the utmost comfort even when at anchor - at the end of a truly ‘thrilling' day, like only Pershing can give.