Have you ever wanted an amphibious car that was both fast on land and water as well as looking really cool? If you answered yes to all of the above then you’ll love WaterCars new vehicle. Its called the Panther and it, hands down, has to be one of the coolest amphibious cars ever. If not the coolest.
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First off, the Panther resembles a Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler and along with its long travel suspension and wide 30×9.50R15 tires, it certainly looks like it could tackle any type of terrain you feel compelled to drive through. Just not the Guinness World Book of Records one you have planned out…with the spikes and all that jazz.
When it comes to the engine, the Panther is powered by an Acura 3.5 liter VTEC V6 which brings the displacement up to 3.7 liters. Sweet stuff. Because of this modification, the motor puts out 305hp and 274lb-ft. That power combined with the lightweight of the Panther allows the vehicle to reach a top speed of 80mph (128km/h) on the road, and 75mph (72km/h) on the water. That is far from shabby.
The chassis is constructed using chromoly steel to save on weight and is secured to a fiberglass hull using modern epoxies. The hull is made from advanced composites for strength, and the Panther is deemed nearly unsinkable thanks to the hull being filled with closed-cell styrofoam. Just the reassurance we need.
When you’ve reached your water location of choice, to start ripping up the water all you do is drive into the water, put it in neutral, pull the knob to switch the transfer case over to the jet drive, and then you push another knob which allows the wheels to lift hydraulically out of the water and that’s it you are on your way. This entire process is achieved in just under 15 seconds. Fun can be had quickly.
By now a lot of you might be dyeing to get your hands on a Panther for yourself . Just know that the prices vary depending on what you want. A completed Panther will run you US$135,000. But if you would like the opportunity to do some of the work yourself as a garage project; you can buy the rolling chassis for $76,000 or a turn key minus version for $106,000. The rolling chassis will require additional work along with a few parts which includes the drive train, whilst the turn key minus version will only require the engine and gearbox so depending on the level of work you wanna do you can decide which best suits you.
So whether you build it yourself , or buy it ready to run, the Panther seems like a really fun car. A blast to own; especially seeing as its summer time. Although, think about it. If you buy it incomplete who knows what engine you could decide to stuff in there? hmmmm… a Chevy V8 sounds good or even a twin turbo Nissan V6. The possibilities are exciting and not to mention endless.
+ Link: WaterCar.com