Keep Summer Rolling with the Amphibious WaterCar Panther [w/video]

Do you love boats, but hate getting out of your car? Is off-road ability a top priority when choosing your next watercraft? Well, have we found the vehicle for you! Built by WaterCar, it’s called the Panther, and - as far as the promotional video goes – there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of things to do with it.

 


From racing a yacht to picking up girls at spring break, from darting around town to getting a few fishing lines in the water – the WaterCar has all bases covered. In fact, it’s probably one of the only amphibious vehicles in the world that can tow a water-skier in the morning and cruise the dunes by lunch. Don’t be fooled by its Wrangler looks. It’s more than just a Jeep in a wetsuit. The WaterCar features a custom-built, lightweight fiberglass body and hull, integrated with an off-road proven chromoly chassis and filled to the brim with 32 cubic feet of US Coast Guard approved Styrofoam. So it’s not going under.

Keep Summer Rolling with the Amphibious WaterCar Panther [w/video]


The Panther sources power from a Honda 3.7-liter V6 engine, not far removed from the powerplant you’d find in a Honda or Acura SUV, which puts around 250-horsepower to the rear wheels on the road. Fancy a dip? The Panther can hydraulically retract its wheels in seconds and hit the waves thanks to a specially built transfer case, shuttling power to the vehicle’s jet drive and pinging the speedometer at around 44mph on water (80+ mph on land).

Keep Summer Rolling with the Amphibious WaterCar Panther [w/video]


All in all, a WaterCar Panther will set you back a total of $155,000 ($126,000 without the engine and transaxle). Expensive? Yes. But totally worth it.

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