Italian boatbuilder Amer Yachts claims to have built the largest vessel ever to be powered by Volvo Penta’s Inboard Performance System (IPS). The 110ft yacht, named 'Unique', was created for a client who already owns a 92ft Amer and a 100ft Amer Cento. It will be unveiled by the Italian builder at the Cannes Yachting Festival next week.

“This is a very special one-off boat, so we decided we had to call it 'Unique',” says Barbara Amerio, owner of Amer Yachts. “Our client had the Amer Cento last year, and he liked it so much that he wanted another one, but with more space. It is very exciting to create the biggest yacht in the world with Volvo Penta IPS. We keep building bigger and better yachts, and our customers keep wanting more and more luxury.”

The three-deck superyacht is powered by Volvo Penta IPS1200 Quad, reaching speeds of more than 30kt during sea trials. It has a fuel consumption of 45 litres per hour at 9kt, 502.5 litres per hour at 25kt, and 665 litres per hour at 30kt.

Volvo Penta and Amer Yachts, which is part of Italy’s Permare Group, won awards at the World Yachts Trophies ceremony at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2016. The companies were jointly recognised for the Amer Cento, which was named 'Most Innovative Yacht', while Volvo Penta’s IPS was awarded 'Engine-Propulsion of the Year'.

“It’s a pleasure to be recognised as a shipyard that invests in innovation and is brave with a forward-thinking view,” says Amerio. “We have good teamwork with Volvo Penta. We can get accurate data on the engine system and obtain the maximum out of the boat with our hull and their IPS.”

At Cannes next week, Amer Yachts will be displaying the full line-up of its vessels powered by Volvo Penta IPS – the Amer Unique, Amer Cento and a 94ft yacht. A 120ft yacht by Amer, powered by Volvo Penta quadruple D13-IPS1350, is also underway, and the Italian boatbuilder will be revealing details of the project at Cannes.