March 27th 2013. By Jeanne Craig.

Sunseeker Predator 80: Video Tour in 50 Seconds

Sunseeker has built plenty of Predators through the years, but the new 80—which can roar through the ocean at speeds in excess of 50-mph—sets a new bar for aggressive performance combined with grace and elegance.

The words “performance yacht” are not used lightly when referring to the Predator 80, which tops out at a pulse-pounding 46 knots when powered by optional twin 2640 hp MTU 16V 2000 M94’s with Arneson Surface Drives.  The high-tech hull makes the most of the available speeds with handling reminiscent of a Porsche 911, especially on tight turns where it feels as if it’s running on rails.

The Predator 80 is awash in new design accents. The most visible are the panoramic hull windows, which give the exterior its ultramodern good looks. Inside, they flood the saloon with natural light and offer a near 360-degree panoramic view that brings the outside in.

The four staterooms accommodate eight in sumptuous luxury. All are accessed via a floating staircase with skylight that brings plenty of light below.

Sunseeker is known for making yachts that are “production” only in the fact that they share the same deck and hull. However, the varied layouts and powerplants offered result in no two yachts being alike.

Read our full review of the Sunseeker Predator 80

For more information, visit Sunseeker.


Jeanne Craig

Jeanne Craig has been covering powerboats since 1988. She spent ten years as a senior editor at Boating magazine and ten more as executive editor at Motor Boating. She’s now an independent writer based in Rowayton, Connecticut, where she’s close to the cruising grounds she most enjoys.