Corvette lovers looking to drop $1.7 million on a powerboat can rejoice! The 2012 MTI ZR48 is exactly what you’re looking for. Based in Tennessee, powerboat manufacture, Pier 57, recently created this Corvette inspired 2,700 HP beast that will have you cruising across the water at 180 mph while sitting comfortably in a Corvette cockpit. The MTI ZR48 features a pair of 1,350-horsepower turbocharged Mercury Marine V8 engines strapped into a carbon fiber hull. As impressive as all that is, what really sets this craft apart from others is its complete Chevrolet Corvette inspired hull and interior.
The Corvette inspired cockpit is truly one of a kind. The custom dash has fully function gauges, a custom ZR1 steering wheel and shifter. The custom shifter throttles both engines and controls drive trim. The interior is ultra leather and suede, with six air conditioned seats. The driver and throttle man’s carbon fiber seats are power sliding with footrests.
Pier 57 didn’t cut any corners when it comes to the audio/video system either. A true state-of-the-art sound system was installed which includes a custom engine block bow speaker pod with LED accent lights. The pod lifts electronically from the deck. The pod has 8 Focal K2 coaxial speakers and 2 horns, 2 Kicker Solo Baric 10-inch subs in custom matched ported boxes firing into the cockpit, aft-mounted speaker pods, custom amp cooling system, Apple TV with Wi-Fi network, custom iPad dock integrated into the ZR1 glove box and a separate volume control for the subs, cockpit and exterior sound. The total sound system is 8000 watts RMS.
The uniquely designed engine bays are loaded with carbon fiber trim, LED and Lumiflex lighting, custom ZR48 badges and bulkhead accent panels. The accessories are powered by a 4.2 kW Fischer Panda Diesel Genset. The power for this monster comes from two Mercury Racing 1,350 HP twin-turbo engines with number 8 drives. The engines are accented with ZR1 type supercharger covers, giving the engines a proper Corvette themed appearance.
The Corvette theme is continued on the exterior of the boat and features ZR1 inspired hull sides, headlights, taillights, marker lights, custom ZR48 emblems and engine vents. Pier 57 states that all original GM parts were used to accomplish the ZR1 theme in this build.
As impressive as this powerboat is, the custom trailer deserves attention as well. This boat trailer is equipped with a generator, water tank, power washer, engine flush system and five televisions. The trailer is designed to tilt to make an oversize boat legal to transport on its side, thus not requiring an over width permit to haul. This trailer was designed to be the ultimate display trailer. The large cargo box with raising lid houses five TVs and a DVD player. This trailer has a stainless steel floor, 900+ LED lights and blue-neon lights mounted to the frame above and below the frame rails. The air ride suspension allows the boat to ride on a cushion of air. This boat trailer is accessorized by billet aluminum steps, stainless steel fenders, chrome hand rails, hydraulic landing gear and custom paint.