Over the past few years, Azimut had the tendency to make Grande the flagship of all collections, instead of separating models with RPH (independent cockpit) into a Grande collection like before. The proof is the Grande 25 METRI – the replacement model for Azimut 80 to become the flagship of the Flybridge Collection – and the Grande 25 METRI Magellano – the largest model in the semi-displacement Magellano line which is also about to be released, and finally, the S10 – S Collection’s Grande Model.
The renaming of these flagship models is much more preferred because it makes it easier for buyers to get close to the Grande line, which used to be only for yachts of 95 feet or more, now a yacht can be 83 feet and still be a part of the Grande line. However, on the other hand it also reduces the value of the Grande Collection for previous buyers or models over 95 feet. But in economic times, when the brand is running according to the needs of customers, it is natural to change to survive. Looking at the car industry, the examples of URUS or CULLINAN proved that.
Stroll a bit, back to the main theme – Grande S10. S10 still carries the S collection’s DNA with an extremely sporty shape, designed for a maximum speed of up to 35kn when combined with two MTU 2600Hp engines. And in particular, the S10 uses the classic shaft-line mechanism, rather than the IPS like other models in the S collection, so now customers can be confident about the S10 if they choose to use it in the Saigon River, as the shaft line mechanism is extremely eco-friendly.
The use of the S10’s propeller shaft comes from two reasons: One is that the IPS only reaches a maximum capacity of 1350 hp per engine and if you want to reach 5200 hp total as on the S10, you will need 4 IPS engines installed on the yacht instead of 2 if using MTU engine. Secondly, the S10 is aimed at Asian customers, where the water conditions are not as clean & clear as in Europe, so the shaft line engine is still an extremely optimal choice to reach the super-rich customer class in Asia.
The S10 is no longer designed by Stephano Righini – who designed the three previous S collection models – but this time Azimut chose a new face, Alberto Mancini. Alberto Mancini is a well-known name in the yacht design world, whose AM Yacht Design company specializes in designing super sports yachts for Mangusta and Dominator & Baglietto. The interior of the S10 is still designed by Francesco Guida, the interior designer of the S7, who is also known for the entire interior of the Arcadia Yacht.
The most notable points of this new Grande model include: The interior part, according to the photo, has a glass partition between the main saloon and the dining section, when it is private, the partition will close to get two private areas. The main saloon of the S10 stands out with two large panoramic glass panels, allowing the light to fill the deck. The interior color tone is a light tone combined with the dark wood-paneled ceiling to make the space extremely modern. The S10 has 3 separate lounge areas in its cockpit, skydeck, and at the bow. In the cockpit there is a movable roof with high quality mechanism, which includes two pillars arranged in two sides of the ship; when needed, these two pillars will pop up to support the roof that is pulled out from below the skydeck. The back of the boat is still a beach-club that pops out when needed, inside is the garage that holds a jet ski, a tender, 2 seabobs.
The S10 has 4 cabins all located on the lower deck, many people regret that with the size of nearly 30m, the master cabin is not located on the upper deck, while the Grande 27 METRI is shorter but does include the upper deck master cabin. The reason is because the hull design of these two models is completely different, 27 METRI adopts wide-body and S10 is still a sporty design. Or maybe in the future, there will be S11 or S12 with the master cabin layout on the main deck.