Not only was 1985 the year Pershing was established, but it was also the year of the first mobile phone, Back to the Future and the arrival of the Internet.
The era was fertile ground for visionaries and talented geniuses who spent their days imagining worlds, scenarios and technologies.
It is no coincidence therefore that in 1985 Tilli Antonelli, Fausto Filippetti and Giuliano Onori unveiled a yacht designed by Fulvio De Simoni that had never been seen before: as fast as a powerboat, but as comfortable and spacious as a motoryacht.
The Pershing 45 was born and, like every epoch-making success story, it was the beginning of a true revolution that spawned many vain attempts to copy it. But one company that has no desire to imitate itself or anyone else is Pershing itself, an inventive company that has established itself as the leading builder of the fibreglass sports yachts over the years.
The world of yachting has become increasingly familiar with Pershing yachts, and wants more and more of them. It was in the early '90s that the company expanded its international horizons to break into other the Mediterranean countries, the United States and the Far East.
The company joined the Ferretti Group in 1998, thus laying the foundations for tremendous growth that was to lead to a continuous increase in yacht production.
One success followed another and one innovation led to another. Then in 2012 the Weichai group became the majority shareholder of the Ferretti Group. The financial strength, know-how and strategic vision of the Chinese giant gave Pershing the opportunity to make its umpteenth significant improvement by guaranteeing long-term resources and strategies.
Today, the result is clear to the world: rising sales and new models under the aegis of state-of-the-art technology and stylistic innovation that remains unsurpassed.
With a length of 54,2’ (16,51 meters) and a maximum beam of 14.4’ (4.38 meters), the Pershing 5X is a yacht with super sporty lines.
The aerodynamic design of the superstructure is further enhanced by distinct stylistic features, like the side wings protecting the cockpit, that have become a signature element of the brand.
Four windows on each side of the hull, each with elliptical portholes, complete the design of this “fighter jet” on the water.
The transom can be moved by means of an electro-hydraulic system that allows it into the water at various heights, up to approximately 60cm, simplifying the launching and hauling of the tender.
The garage can be accessed from the beach area when the door is open, while the cockpit can be reached via a few steps starboard of the garage door, or through a concealable gangway.
The cockpit is fitted with a large sundeck, headrest and a second sofa. The area can be separated or joined to the salon thanks to a special opening and closing system for the glass door and glazed surface that divides these two areas.
The glazed surface above the cockpit can be electrically lifted, while the two sections of the glass door can be opened or closed separately: the upper one can be manually tilted toward the outdoor ceiling panel; the lower one opens into the interiors, creating a partition between the salon and the cockpit and ensuring maximum safety when children are on board.
This solution also allows for the deck to be transformed into an open area from bow to stern, or to separate the interior from the outside depending on the weather conditions.
A blend of essential design elements, lacquered frames and fabrics in soft grey shades, are interspersed with darker and contrasting details, characterising the design of the living area.
The flooring is finished in a similar grey-tone oak and further incorporates the colours of the other materials used on board.
It is present in all settings, except for the cabins, a warm and soothing atmosphere is created by the use of these colours, which is further enhanced by an abundance of natural light coming through the large windows on all four sides, or by the additional, indirect LED lighting installed in the ceiling, that can fully aluminate the interior, even at night.
Beyond the dining and living area lies the plank, with a modern, sporty look designed by Besenzoni. Over the helm station is a large sliding glass roof. On the portside is another smaller sofa and chaise lounge.
The 5X is the first Pershing below 60 feet where the owner can enjoy a full-beam master suite with an en-suite bathroom and a dinette in front of the galley.
A possible alternative is that the VIP cabin, equipped with bathroom that can be used as day head - and a dinette facing the galley.
All these stylistic solutions, designed by Fulvio de Simoni and Ferretti Group’s Engineering Department, give the 5X its unique style.
Lacquered elements, essentials, and pristine white Vescom wallpaper are used to decorate the sleeping suites. Bedspreads and cushions by Zimmer + Rhode and Casamance, in addition to a pair of decorative lamps by Cini & Nils in the master suite, complete the decoration of the first hull. The bathrooms, with ceramic top and basin, can be further equipped with decorative mosaics on the shower walls. On the first unit that was presented in Cannes, the master bathroom featured a mosaic in light grey tones called “Pulsar Chrono” by Mosaico+.
The kitchen’s Cantalupi LED fixtures illuminate its beautiful Corian Anthrachite surface. The same material is used on the table top of the dinette, which is built around a foldable table that is available upon request.
Once unfolded and covered with a cushion, the “C-shaped” sofa is transformed into a comfortable sofa bed. Two additional fixtures by Fontana Arte complete the decorations of the lower deck. Upon the owner’s request, the dinette can be replaced by a third cabin with bunk beds or a crew cabin. If the latter is selected, it can be accessed from the outside, through the deck, to ensure maximum privacy for guests.
The Pershing 5X is available in two engine configurations which also involve a different engine room arrangement. The owner can choose from twin VOLVO IPS950 D11 with 725hp with Z-drives and counter-rotating propellers (cruising speed of 30 knots, maximum speed of 36 knots - preliminary data). Additional integrated solutions offered by Volvo can be installed on board.
Alternatively, the owner may opt for twin CAT 12.9 engines, with 1,000 HP each, and Top System 75X surface drives (cruising speed 41 knots, maximum speed 45 knots - preliminary data), to which you can add the EASYJET system, that is usually reserved for larger vessels.
Upon request, an optional joystick can be added which allows enhanced manoeuvrability, this system, available for the first time on a Pershing, is called EASY DOCK and is the result of the consolidated technological partnership between Pershing and Top System. The EASY DOCK system will be exclusively available on the new coupé and further development of the system is guaranteed.