The Pershing 8X — which joins the Pershing 9X and 5X in the X Generation range — recently debuted at BOOT Düsseldorf. Pershing’s parent company, Ferretti Group, partnered with designer Fulvio De Simoni on the project and a few highlights include her carbon fiber construction, her space-saving cockpit steps and an innovative design that Pershing calls a “Music Hull.”
This 83-footer is light on her feet thanks to that carbon fiber construction, and with twin 2,435 hp MTU 16V engines she reaches a reported 45-knot top speed and cruises at 38 knots. Should owners choose twin 2,638 hp MTU 16V engines, her performance reportedly increases to a 48-knot top hop and a 41-knot cruise speed.
The 8X’s cockpit steps are framed by carbon fiber uprights and are designed into Pershing’s “side wing” aesthetic. The portside steps arch and curve out sideways, saving cockpit real estate. However, the 8X’s “Music Hull” might be the most unique feature on the yacht. In order to provide underwater entertainment for guests, the Ferretti Group Engineering Department collaborated with Videoworks to design a loudspeaker into the vessel’s hull. This innovation adds a whole new dynamic to at-anchor swimming and diving.
Pershing also takes great pride in the 8X’s intuitive propulsion controls integrated with maneuvering, navigation and monitoring systems. Also found on other Pershings, the 8X’s “EasySet system — produced in exclusive partnership with TopSystem — automatically optimizes the performance and the trim of the surface propellers, adapting to variations in the engine load and the speed of the yacht,” says Ferretti Group. Xenta Systems and Naviop-Simrad LOOP support maneuvering, navigation and monitoring on the 8X, and all these systems are combined and controllable at the Poltrona-Frau-leather-framed, carbon-paneled helm that has up to 24-inch touchscreens. There’s the always-handy joystick control option here as well.
This yacht has space to soak up rays with sun pads in the cockpit, foredeck and sun deck, as well as additional exterior seating. The main-deck salon has a C-shaped settee to starboard opposite a TV, the whole space adjoining a dining area for eight. Belowdecks is four staterooms, including the amidships, full-beam master. The master’s head and closet are, unconventionally, abaft its forward-facing berth — a design move made to pad the space between guests and the engine room, Pershing says. Further insulation between the engine room and the master, however, is the 8X’s galley down as well as the two crew cabins abaft it.
Max Beam: 19’3”
Draft (fully loaded): 4’7”
Displacement (full loaded): 67 tons
Engines: 2 x 2,435 hp MTU 16V 2000 M96
Max speed: 45 knots
Cruising speed: 38 knots
Range (at max speed): 295 nautical miles
Range (at cruise speed): 320 nautical miles
Fuel capacity: 1,638 gal
Water capacity: 343 gal
Engines option: 2 x 2,638 hp MTU 16V 2000 M96L
Max speed with optional engines: 48 knots
Cruising speed with optional engines: 41 knots
Range with optional engines (at max speed): 285 nautical miles
Range with optional engines (at cruise speed): 310 nautical miles