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Our man in Europe, Tim Thomas, reports on the Italian builder Pershing’s new 92

NEW BOATS - Pershing missile
NEW BOATS — Pershing missile

What weighs 68 tonnes, has 92 feet, and runs at nearly 50mph? Yup, it’s the latest model from Italian builder Pershing. A replacement for the Pershing 90, the 92 is the latest in the yard’s range to get a facelift, taking the sleek and sexy styling cues of the curved, full-length windows used first on the 72, and subsequently on the 64 and the 80.

The 92 will pack a serious punch, kicked over the water by twin MTU 2450hp diesels coupled to Arneson surface drives. The yard claims this will deliver a top speed of 42kts with a still-hot cruising speed of 38kts — although the tanks will only deliver a 385nm range at this blistering pace. But there’s more than just the chance to annoy the local blowboats with the 92 — in a departure from the rest of the range, the model is set to offer three semi-custom layout options for its vast owner’s suite which, according the general arrangement, takes up roughly one-third of the lower deck.

Complete with large bed area, generous hull ports and twin heads, prospective owners can also opt for a dressing room and study. Fortunately for your friends, there will still be room below for three further guest cabins forward, and accommodation for three crew aft.

On deck, there’s the usual combination of social spaces including seating and sunbeds up forward, but the side profile somewhat disguises a flybridge and sundeck area that also offers an outside helm.

Interior design is by Poltrona Frau, and the main deck offers an expansive open-plan living and dining area backing onto the aft deck, for which access is enhanced thanks to a two-piece partition that drops away into the floor.

Curiously, Pershing is almost as keen to promote an all-new paint colour, which it says will distinguish the 92 from ‘hordes of imitators’. The paint, called White Pearl, is "a beautifully subtle shade of silvery off-white, with a shimmering, metallic, reflective lustre". Hmmm. I’ll take two, then. Or should I wait for 2011, when the fifth new model in the range is due to come online — the 108? Decisions, decisions. — Tim Thomas


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