If you're a speed junkie but can't afford a Zonda, the 26 Kharma could be the next best thing

The Windy Zonda is an awesome boat, as dazzling to look at as it is to drive. The only problem is that the Zonda is a one-cabin weekender with the £200,000 price tag of a two-cabin cruiser.

But now Windy has launched a weekender that you might be able to afford. With prices starting at £114,000 inc VAT, the 26 Kharma is based on the excellent 25 Mirage, taking its deep vee hull and adding a new lighter, faster, stronger vacuum build process.

Powered by a single 190hp diesel engine, the Kharma should be good for an easy 35 knots. However, the hull is capable of more, much more, given the option of a 400hp 8.0-litre V8 petrol engine. MBM reckons 50 knots is on the cards for those with a need for speed.

On board, the layout is conventional in a swish, sporty way. Hull paintwork and upholstery finishes similar to the Zonda give the boat plenty of attitude, while in the cuddy-style cabin a toilet and central fixed berth make the boat suitable for overnighting.

The Kharma is due for launch at the Oslo Boat Show in September and is due to make its UK debut at The Tullett Prebon London Boat Show 2012.

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