Tecnorib of Italy (not to be confused with Technohull RIBs of Greece) has unveiled a preview of the new Pirelli 1900, the flagship that is set to complete its Pirelli-branded range of rigid inflatable boats.
Guests attending the exclusive Pirelli Suite at the Monaco Yacht Club on Sunday 28 May had the opportunity to view for the very first time the new boat in scale-model form. The glamorous audience witnessed a boat designed to encompass the features of much bigger luxury yachts within the characteristic confines of the fleet’s more sporting hulls. And while the choice of launch venue makes it perfectly evident that both companies are looking to take Pirelli RIBs to the highest echelons of the market, the intention is to retain the “versatility, handleability and sportiness” that has so far defined the Tecnoribs Pirelli fleet.
The collaboration itself is a consequence of a licence agreement between Tecnorib and Pirelli that forms part of the Pirelli Design project - an evolution of the Pirelli ‘PZero’ project launched by the company in the early 2000s. That fleet involves nine craft in seven hull lengths, from the entry-level 15-foot jet tender to the 45-foot, cabin-equipped PZero 1400. The goal with the new boat, in line with Pirelli’s focus in the premium car segments, is to enrich the Pirelli brand by developing iconic, one-of-a-kind products that exploit Pirelli’s technological competencies in conjunction with selected partners who represent excellence in their respective sectors.
For us as consumers, rather than marketing professionals, the result of all that clever thinking is likely to be a 61-foot RIB that adds ‘Big Yacht’ luxury to ‘Small Boat’ sporting dynamics. It will also include a classically Mediterranean–style bow, with a huge forward sunpad, plus a generosity of main deck seating and lower deck accommodation that makes full use of the big 16-foot beam. In celebration of Pirelli’s expertise in wet-weather tyres, it will also feature the tread pattern of the Pirelli racing wet tyre on its inflatable tubes; and as regards performance, we can apparently expect it to be fitted with a pair of 800hp MAN i6 engines for a top end of around 45 knots.
The new craft will be available to view at the 2017 Cannes Boat Show in September. In the mean time, you can keep up to speed with developments by visiting Pirelli Design or Tecnorib.
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