Gibbs Quadski Has Evolved into an Amphibious Bike, Trike, and UTV
In early 2014, Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson set the Internet alight after he leapt onto an off-road ATV, drove it into Italy’s Lake Como, and proceeded to dash across the water at upwards of 45 miles per hour. The stunning amphibious vehicle in question was the Gibbs’ Quadski—part quad bike, part jet ski…all cool. In the time since that epic stunt, the Quadski has grown to accommodate a two-person XL model, but the best may be yet to come. Gibbs Sports Amphibians has revealed three new prototype amphibious vehicles—a motorcycle, trike, and side-by-side UTV—and they’re just as eye-opening as the original. Take a look. RELATED: The Dubai Police Added a Quadski to its Supercar Fleet
The largest of the three is the work-ready Terraquad UTV, which weighs in at around 1,522 pounds and sports two seats in side-by-side configuration, a generous rear load space, chunky off-road tires, and nearly nine inches of ground clearance. It’s the type of utility vehicle you’d expect to find out on a logging trail, at a hunting camp, or a job site. But this one has a serious bend on water sports.
Like the Quadski, the Terraquad’s four-wheel independent suspension can retract, turning the UTV into a 45-mph jet boat on the water. And yes, you can water ski behind it. Power comes courtesy of a four-cylinder BMW motorcycle engine, which outputs an impressive 140 horsepower.
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Gibbs’ two other creations include the amphibious Biski motorcycle and Triski three-wheeler. On land, the 1,323 pound Triski is the fastest of all Gibbs’ amphibious creations, netting top speeds of 85 mph for two occupants, while in the water matching the original Quadski at 45 mph.
The 503-pound Biski goes a bit sportier still and offers motorcycle riders a seamless transition from carving the road to carving the waves. Beneath its buoyant body lies a retractable motorcycle suspension and a 55-horsepower two-cylinder engine. Riders sit upright and from afar it's hard to discern a Biski from its jet ski contemporaries, that is until the rider zips back off onto land.
Need one of these amphibians in your life this instant? Sadly that’s not possible, yet. All three are technically still prototypes, but seeing as the Quadski is already a reality…it’s likely this trio will be as well.
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