Pershing is performance, speed and a taste for competition. On the occasion of Pershing’s 30th anniversary, the Italian luxury yachting powerhouse wrote a new page in their history with the unveiling of a new flagship. New flagship Pershing 140, presented to the media at the 2015 edition of Monaco Yacht Show, is the first Pershing vessel to be built in light alloy. The boat is expected to make its debut in 2018. 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.
The new 140-footer 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.
“This flagship is highly innovative, as typical of the brand’s DNA,” explained 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,” added Fulvio De Simoni.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.