WaterCar Panther - this is cool. Trust me.
Rarely do I geek out over much beyond television, but this car? I need this car.
Somewhere on this Earth, James Bond is sitting at a bar and the little hairs on his neck just stood up in excitement. While Bond might not be the Jeep Wrangler type, it is not hard at all to imagine the International Man of Mystery driving along, at a max land speed of over 80 mph, only to then drive off into the surf in this WaterCar. I’d say he could even hold on to his drink, but topping out at 44 mph on the water, it’s probably best that 007 keep both hands on the wheel.
Weighing in at less than 3000 pounds, this newest amphibious vehicle is not only the fastest, but also the lightest. Unlike previous attempts at a boat/car hybrid (including the Gibbs Aquada which Richard Branson drove to set the record for fastest “car on water” crossing of the English Channel), WaterCar claims their PantherJet propulsion system combined with the 15 second shift from car to boat mode makes the transition almost seamless.
So how much would it cost to spend your days driving over water and land alike? Well, if you know something about vehicles and were able to piece together a working model when given a shell, you could take home a WaterCar for a mere $76,000. However, if you are like myself, and I imagine the majority of the free world, it would probably be in your best interest to go ahead and spend the $135,000 for a fully functional model. This would include everything from the engine to the car seats.
So now you know – only $135K stands between you and (if the video above is to be believed) scores of scantily clad women just clamoring to board your WaterCar and go fishing.