Monstrous powers: 3,000 horsepower and 70 knots. Here is the Vanquish VQ55 (17 m)


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Vanquish VQ55
Vanquish VQ55 Sports Line

Five 600-horsepower outboards, the equivalent of 3,000 horsepower aft. The “Fast.” A pair of Nannies of 1200 horsepower each coupled with water jets, the standard version, still 2400 horsepower strong. These are the two options, capable, at the very least, of launching you at 50 knots, in the “worst” case, with water jets. It is 70 knots, on the other hand, if you mount the 5 outboards in the stern. In short, these few facts are enough to introduce the new Vanquish VQ55 Sports Line, the new center console “lifestyle sport yacht” from Vanquish Yachts, a weekender bolide that packs a punch with impeccable lines, 4 berths and plenty of comfort.

Vanquish VQ55 Sports Line

Performance aside, the new Vanquish is a 17.25-meter devoted to sport and comfort, packed with lounge and relaxation areas, open-air bar and galley, and below-deck cabins. The step hull is designed for optimal seaworthiness while, coming to the design, every element is taken care of down to the smallest detail in order to provide the best possible experience for the embarked guests (up to 18). Here are all its features.

Vanquish VQ55
Vanquish VQ55

Vanquish VQ55 – Exterior

Attractive lines, inverted bow, balancing T-top and apt color scheme. This is the summary as far as the glimpse is concerned, to which are added the 5 Mercury aft in the version that provides them. Otherwise, the VQ55 would seem to be an ode to detail and comfort. Starting at the stern, a wide, water-side swim platform welcomes guests aboard, uncluttered in its hydrojet version and strong with a submersible hydraulic platform.

Vanquish VQ55 – Waterjet Version

To carry further, a step leads immediately to the cockpit, from which protrudes the large aft sundeck, offset to the left, facing aft and hiding the tender garage. On the forward front of this, sharing its back, takes place an L-shaped sofa served by a central table. In front, a 3-seater sofa serves the forward side of the table, creating a first convivial area, already protected by the T-Top above.

Vanquish VQ55 – Cockpit, lounge area

Sandwiched between the helm station and the aft area of the cockpit, recessed at the back of the “seating block” serving the wheelhouse-that is, the 4 ergonomic chairs serving the helmsman and 3 additional passengers-is the bar top, an element complete with fridges, storage, and double sink with a marble-like work surface.

Vanquish VQ55 – The outdoor bar top in the cockpit

To conclude the outdoor environments, a final lounge area comes to life on deck, reached via the two walkways surrounding the console. Here, in the bow, a particularly versatile area consisting of a sunken sofa in the deckhouse and a C-shaped sofa recessed in the bow thus finds its place. The latter, served by a central lowerable table, offers the dual option of being used both as a dining/convivial area and as a sundeck.

Vanquish VQ55 – forward lounge area


Shifting attention to what goes on below the deck, the VQ55 features a layout developed, primarily, over 4 volumes, designed to steal every inch of space and with attention to the smallest detail.

VQ55 Sports Line – Deck decks and interiors on inboard VQ55

A double cabin is located in the bow, while a double cabin is located in the stern (forward of the midship, actually). Finally, between the two areas gravitate a full shared toilet and the kitchen, located in the entrance hall, complete with refrigerator, sink and countertop.

Vanquish VQ55 – View of access and double aft cabin

Performance and Motorization

Coming, finally, to the engine and performance front, let’s go back to what was mentioned earlier. The standard version of the new VQ55 features a water jet, and thus hydrojet, propulsion system powered by a pair of Nanni N16 V8 inboard engines of 1200 horsepower each, for a total of 2400 horsepower. With this set-up, advantageous in terms of shallow draft and exterior space-strong with a cleared swim platform with submersible platform-the hull will be able to reach already significant top speeds, with peak points at 50 knots.

“Fast” version

However, there is also a version known as “Veloce,” which is the aforementioned outboard option, precisely equipped with five Mercury V12 engines of 600 horsepower each, for a total of about 3,000 horsepower. A solution that, yes, sacrifices the aft swim platform, but at the gain of speed performance that is difficult to match: 70 knots of top speed. Regardless of the engine, looking at the tank, the total embarkable amount is about 4540 liters total.

Vanquish VQ55 – Mercury’s 5 outboards in plain sight

Looking at the hull, the construction is made of composite and features several steps as well as an inverted bow. Finally, to mitigate turbulence in the cockpit, given the high speeds, there are several adjustable air intakes.

Vanquish VQ55 – Data Sheet

Length Over All (LOA) 17.25 m
Baglio Massimo (B.max) 4,9 m
Dive 1 m
Displacement 18 t
Outboard Motorization 5x Mercury V12 600 hp
Inboard motorizations 2x Nanni N16 V8 1200 hp (water jets)
Maximum speed with outboard 70 kn
Maximum speed with inboard 50 kn
Fuel Tank Capacity 4540 lt.
Boardable persons 18
Sleeping places 4
Bathrooms 1

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