The experience of EVO Yachts and the design flair of Valerio Rivellini come together to create Evo R6: an 18-meter yacht that opens up new horizons in the yachting world. Maximum flexibility of interpretation and use are two essential features of the new yacht from Evo.
Evo R6 is the only yacht in its category that combines the two main aspects of cruising: big, perfectly-appointed exteriors with plenty of free space and roomy, comfortable interiors. The versatility of this model doesn’t stop with the extending side walls, but also includes the layout personalization options and various exterior and interior configuration possibilities.
The exterior design is contemporary, innovative and distinctive, with elongated, hollowed out forms that create an appealingly sporty silhouette. Aesthetics and function go hand in hand, while care and attention is lavished on every detail. The entire outdoor area is clad in teak, with four distinct spaces defined according to how they are used: the huge, variable geometry aft deck, the beach lounge dominated by the elegant island sundeck and extending side walls, the cockpit living space with a big dining area covered entirely by the steel hardtop, and the big forward sundeck with facing courtesy sofa.
In the stern features the “Transformer”, a modular platform incorporated seamlessly into the beach area. With multidirectional movement capabilities, it can be used as a safe and convenient way to embark/disembark from/onto the dock, or alternatively as a sea ladder or diving platform, and even to help launch and haul up tenders and jet skis.
Further forward is the beach lounge and the huge walk around sundeck island in the center. All on the same level for comfort and safety, it represents a unique feature in this category. The spacious sun deck has room under it for a 2.85 meter tender. In this area there are also two big lockers for liferafts, water toys or Seabobs, in application of the tenets of form and function.
But most importantly this is where the revolutionary signature feature of Evo Yachts can be found: at the touch of a digital switch, the “XTension” side walls open out hydraulically in a matter of seconds, increasing the space available by 40% and converting the beach lounge into a huge seafront piazza. The extension process is extremely straightforward, requiring nothing more than the simple press of a button to activate an innovative rototraversing surface that is tailor made for R6.
While this innovation is a feature of all Evo Yachts models, it is even more distinctive on the R6 because the boat is almost 18 meters long. This unique feature increases the width of the yacht to a maximum of 7.31 meters with the side walls extended, or almost as big as a catamaran!
During the design process there was a major focus on safety: all hydraulic controls are implemented both digitally and manually, while guests are prevented from moving between the beach area and the aft deck by two fully recessed stainless steel gates that prevent the use of this unprotected area during navigation.
In the new EVO R6 concept, Rivellini put the accent on conviviality and versatility. Every area of the deck is designed to encourage interaction among guests and ensure that all aspects of the boat can be enjoyed. Evo R6 has a spacious L-shaped sofa and a big chaise longue for two in the central area, where there is also a recessed LCD television that can be exposed to the sun or shaded by opening and closing the front awning. The back rests can be moved horizontally so that all guests, both forward and aft, can join in the conversation, including the driver.
The open galley on deck, fitted with a double refrigerator and ice maker, features a table that can seat eight people comfortably. Rotating one of the backrests creates a big C-shaped sofa around a table that can be opened and increased in size if needed. The double-seat helm station is lightweight, almost suspended, with mirror-finish stainless steel detailing that recalls numerous interior features. The forward area offers a huge walk around sun deck and two facing sofas.
Noble materials like teak, crystal glass, Corian®, leather and fine fabrics are pleasing both to the eye and to the touch, generating an overall perception of simple, sophisticated and, most importantly, enjoyable luxury. With care lavished on every detail and comprehensive personalization options, the interior of the new Evo R6 features roomy, comfortable spaces, refined materials and special production processes. Entry is down a backlit steel staircase with suspended Plexiglass surfaces that create a superimposed double staircase effect. The spacious dinette contains a C-shaped sofa and a pouf that can be converted into a table. The galley features a hexagonal central area containing the hobs (also hexagonal), the wine cellar and a practical chest of drawers.
The ceiling consists of rectangular panels with steel tracks and custom lighting. The play on different wood varieties is accompanied by veined steel inserts, creating an effect that is both sophisticated and striking.
The VIP cabin in the bow, entered through the dinette, is furnished with a double bed complete with an original bedhead, a wardrobe and a bedside table, while blades of light filter through into the space, providing both illumination and privacy. This cabin’s bathroom can be accessed both from the sleeping area and the dinette.
The owner’s cabin in the stern has a big wardrobe, a double bed set against the wall, with a big window for a bedhead, and access to an elegant private bathroom with separate shower box. A recessed 37-inch LCD TV is incorporated in the cabin door. A three-cabin, two-bathroom layout is also available as an option. Like every true yacht, R6 provides fully independent accommodation for a crew of one.
The choice of the Volvo Penta IPS propulsion system not only reduces the size of the engine room, and so significantly increases the living area on the lower deck, but also offers the maximum in terms of performance, reliability, sound-proofing, simplicity of use, reduced consumption and, most importantly, navigation safety. All operations on board involving moving equipment, from the transformer platform to the extending side walls, have three cascading levels of redundancy (auxiliary/parallel control systems), including the possibility of full manual control in the event of a total blackout.
The hull, with a 16° deadrise angle, is designed by Studio Rivellini based on preliminary CFD studies. As mentioned above, propulsion is provided by Volvo Penta IPS units, offering a choice between IPS 800 (625 hp) and IPS 950 (725 hp), driving the most powerful version of Evo R6 to a remarkable top speed of 36 knots and a cruising speed of about 28 knots.