Stepping aboard the 2016 Bavaria Sport 450 Coupe at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the first thing we noticed was the large, aft-facing sunpad with raised headrests and hidden cup holders in between. The pad lifts open on gas-assist struts to reveal a garage below that can hold a folded inflatable tender or quite a few water toys, bikes, lines, and fenders. The pad dominates the cockpit, and is separated from the interior by a wide electric window that opens vertically and combines the exterior and interior spaces in a nice flow. Inside, the helm, galley, dinette, and an aft-facing companion chaise-lounge co-exist in a well-designed social space. Take a look for yourself, and see our First Look Video of the Sport 450 Coupe, filmed at the show.


Marco Casali (from the Italian design agency Too Design) has given the Sport 450 Coupe a new flair while the hull reflects the lines of nautical architects of Insenaval SL, builders of numerous mega yachts. Bavaria, known for superb interior space utilization, offers the 450 in a choice of two or three cabins. The master stateroom is in the bow and two identical double cabins that share a head, are aft. Three engine choices from Volvo Penta include diesels from 370-400 hp and twin IPS 600 pod drives are standard, so there should be plenty of get-up-and-go to this new model.

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The Bavaria Sport 450 Coupe is, in fact, a sporty boat despite its size - thanks to twin IPS drives and up to 800 horsepower.

Of course, the way we see things in America doesn't always match up exactly with the Europeans' viewpoint. To find out what they think of the new Sport 450 Coupe, watch our UK reviewer Alex Smith's First Look Video of this model.

For more information visit Bavaria.

Take a look at some Bavaria powerboat listings.
Draft (hull)3'7"
Displacement31,648 lbs
Fuel capacity396 gal.
Water capacity108 gal.

Written by: Zuzana Prochazka
Zuzana Prochazka is a writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites. A USCG 100 Ton Master, Zuzana has cruised, chartered and skippered flotillas in many parts of the world and serves as a presenter on charter destinations and topics. She is the Chair of the New Product Awards committee, judging innovative boats and gear at NMMA and NMEA shows, and currently serves as immediate past president of Boating Writers International. She contributes to and, and also blogs regularly on her boat review site,