Nudging the joystick controls, I tweaked the drive trim and watched the rpm climb by a couple hundred as the boat picked up speed. A tap of the trim tab controls settled the bow and we were cruising oh-so smoothly across the tops of the three-foot waves capped by wind-blown froth at 50 mph. Just for kicks, I tried raising the drives a little more. The rpm climbed but we lost speed. I knew that would happen, but playing with the trim and fiddling with the throttles is part of the fun of taking the helm of a performance boat, especially one like the Pershing 76. With a pair of 2,000-bhp MTU V-16 diesels mated to Arneson by Twin Disc ASD15 surface drives, this Italian hot rod hit a top speed of 54.7 mph.