When an iconic brand such as Pershing sets out to build its flagship model the end result expected will be nothing less than a masterpiece. The brand’s new flagship marks its entry into a new design and manufacturing era. Craftsmanship and expertise, coupled with a maniacal focus on innovative design, technology and aesthetics, has officially marked the brand’s 1st entry into the superyacht sector: it is the launch of Pershing 140, the brand’s new flagship and the first Pershing to be manufactured in aluminium. The WSB team take an exciting look at this milestone arrival from Pershing Yachts.
A result of the collaboration between architect Fulvio De Simoni, the Ferretti Group Product Strategy Committee (led by engineer Piero Ferrari), and the Group’s Engineering Department, the new 140-foot yacht is the first Pershing manufactured at the Ferretti Group Superyacht Yard in Ancona. Developed into 3 spacious decks, the new flagship emanates prowess on water, showcasing the “thrill” that only Pershing can offer. The project’s philosophy is based on the will to maintain Pershing’s unequalled performance, albeit with different class weights and dimensions: those of a superyacht.
The hull platform was specifically designed for high performance, featuring excellent hydrodynamic capabilities at high speeds and the propulsion of 4 MTU 16V2000 M96L engines, each of 2,600 HP, thus achieving the target of taking the first 43.30-metre LOA Pershing superyacht to a top speed of 38 knots.
But Pershing 140 is not only the brand’s first superyacht to boast outstanding performance; it is also the first to feature a raised cockpit directly connected to the sun deck; the first to have an owner-dedicated area on the main deck and the first to maximise the enjoyability of all the decks and outdoor areas. This achievement was made possible by joining them all into a beach club area, which becomes expandable thanks to three fold-out sides.
Stylistically, the new flagship stands out for its sleek lines, emblematic of the brand’s sporty and competitive character. This feature is further enhanced by the on-demand application of a steel grid on the bow.
Moreover, it combines design innovations with some of the brand’s most iconic details, such as the two lateral wings, that are integrated into its superstructure and then connected at the start of the walkways to the gunwale.
The prow, which is instead decidedly contemporary in design, contributes to enhancing the model’s aerodynamics. The whole area of the bow moorings is concealed, operated with an automatic up/down mechanism to maintain the streamlined design aesthetic.
Turning now to the interior, Pershing 140 owners can design their superyacht assisted by the designers of the Studio Fulvio De Simoni Firm and by the Project Architects of the Superyacht Yard of Ferretti Group. The entire interior design is tailored to mirror the owner’s style, by making additions to or modifying the layout options offered by the shipyard.
The new Pershing 140 features an original layout of the aft area, configured as a raised cockpit that becomes a mezzanine level: this creates a large waterside space that rises from the water up to the sun deck and joins together the entire aft section. This revolutionary design produces a vast waterside beach club, entirely accessible and furnishable with stools, chairs and freestanding pieces.
The garage can accommodate both a Williams 565 tender and a jet ski. Launching and hauling operations are carried out by opening the two side hatches on the port side.
Around the cockpit, the mezzanine assures greater privacy: a first sunbathing area protects the second cockpit lounge against intrusive looks. The latter is furnished with a table seating 10 people that can be reached by walking down a few steps towards the bow, and it is protected on the sides by large glass panels installed on the topsides.
Designed to guarantee utmost comfort, this spatial solution enables the owner to enjoy an area that possesses all the benefits of sitting in an outdoors but private place and facilitates the passage of guests, who can easily walk across outdoor areas or walk on the main deck and enter the saloon after passing through the lounge.
After walking through the glass door into the cockpit, you access an open space flooded with natural light and organised into two areas: first the living area, followed by the dining area. The central area of the main deck leads to the crew quarters on one side and to the owner’s suite on the other side.
On the left-hand side, a passageway ushers into the cockpit or into the day toilet. This area also hosts the master cabin. Still, on the left-hand side, a door placed on the external walkway opens onto the stairs leading down to the area below decks, which accommodates the kitchen and the crew quarters.
On the opposite side, walking towards the bow, you first come to a hallway where stairs lead down to the guest suites. Proceeding further, you enter the owner’s quarters: a grand full beam owner’s private suite, that the owner can modify and decorate at will. Yard-fitted with a double bed, a walk-in closet on the left-hand side and a parlour on the right, it enjoys a magnificent view.
The large bathroom, fitted with a shower separated from the bathtub, as well as the toilet and bidet on the two topsides, is located at the head of the bow. On the first unit, the owner has decided to install an entertainment room, eliminating the bed to make room for sofas and seats, tables and a big TV screen.
The space below decks accommodates four comfortable guest suites, of which 2 have double beds and 2 have twin beds, all with their own closet and en suite bathroom.
Maximum comfort is also given to the crew area: after walking through a lobby, the staff can access a large kitchen on the left, separated from the dinette by a door on the right and, proceeding towards the bow, there are three bunk-bed bedrooms, all with a private bathroom.
From the lobby, the crew can also have direct access to the engine room and to the garage.
SUNDECK AND BOW AREA
The upper deck of the Pershing 140 is perfectly in line with the overall privacy assured to the central part, which is protected by an aluminium hard-top. Conceived as a spacious panoramic terrace, it is entirely furnishable with freestanding pieces, and it can be accessed by walking up from the mezzanine deck or from the raised cockpit.
The latter is connected to the second control station, in case of wanting to steer the flagship from the outside. Perfect for entertaining, the upper deck also hosts a bar and grill area, a total-relaxation area with a sun pad and, exclusively on the first unit, a projector and screen (both removable) and fixed loudspeakers.
The ample forward outdoor spaces, only accessible through the lateral walkways, offer an area with a large sun pad just before a full-fledged concealed lounge equipped with a Jacuzzi, an inset dinette with two seats, a table and a sunbathing area.
This area is only revealed when the yacht is anchored or moored while, during navigation, it is covered by a sliding platform, thus contributing to the streamlined sleekness of the external lines. The arrangement of this private area, as well as many others, can be completely tailored to the owner’s tastes.
The hull number one of Pershing 140 installs four MTU 16 V 2000 M96L engines, each with 2,600 HP. The hydro-jet propulsion assures excellent performance levels, both at cruising and maximum speed, which can achieve 35 knots and 38 knots respectively.
Consistent with the DNA of the Pershing range, the domotics and electronic systems are all state-of-the-art. And, in line with Ferretti Group’s tradition of making high performance its core value, while also ensuring maximum wellbeing and relaxation, the new 140-footer is equipped with 3 Seakeeper 35 to assure top comfort also at anchor, after experiencing a day marked by the “thrill” that only a Pershing can give.
The 140 exceeds expectations in every department, exceptional design and attention to detail firmly establish the 140 as the best Pershing every built, in our eyes.