The French manufacturer has released the first renders and details of the upcoming Bénéteau Gran Turismo 40

French motor boat giant Bénéteau has released the first details of its latest hard-top sportscruiser, the Bénéteau Gran Turismo 40.

Powered by Volvo Penta engines attached to sterdrives, the new arrival generates up to 370hp on each side for a top speed of up to 35 knots.

And the driving experience should be smooth and dry, thanks to Bénéteau’s latest generation Air Step planing hull.

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Other key features include a 1.3m-deep hydraulically lowering bathing platform and a central helm station with space for three, which sits right on the centreline to optimise all-round visibility for the skipper.

The cockpit design includes a sliding hardtop, electric side windows and enough seating space for 12 people to relax in comfort.

Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 - layoutBelow decks the Bénéteau Gran Turismo 40 will come with two cabins, washroom with separate shower, fully-stocked galley, and a convertible saloon.

Prices and arrival dates have not yet been revealed, but Bénéteau is due to exhibit at both the Cannes Yachting Festival and the Southampton Boat Show, so it is likely that the Gran Turismo 40 will make it to at least one of those high-profile events.