WaterCar Panther: A Jeep Based Amphibious Vehicle

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WaterCar calls itself the makers of the world's fastest amphibious vehicles, but we will not take that too seriously. Nevertheless, their newest vehicle, the Panther, looks like a fun vehicle, that can provide not just the ability to go boating, but also do some mild off roading.

At first glance WaterCar Panther could be mistaken for a modified Jeep. You would not be totally wrong though because WaterCar has based the Panther's design on the Jeep CJ8. In fact, it says, several aftermarket parts meant for the Jeep CJ8 will fit the Panther as well. More about the WaterCar Panther in the gallery below. There is also a promotional video at the end of the slide.

The Panther uses a Honda sourced 250 HP, 3.7 liter V6 V-Tec engine. On the water a Panther Jet takes care of propulsion.

On road power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission.

The wheels are retracted using hydraulics

Top speed for the Panther on water is 38 knots or 70 km/h

On land the vehicle can achieve a top speed of 128 km/h

Upon entering water the vehicle will transform into a jet boat in 15 seconds.

The vehicle's shell is partly built from fiberglass, which WaterCar says, is extremely durable and lightweight. Moreover, they say by using 32 feet of US Coast Guard approved closed cell styrofoam the Panther has been made virtually unsinkable.

The Panther weighs 1338 kg and can carry 4 passengers.

WaterCar has not revealed how much the Panther would cost yet.

Priced appropriately, WaterCar Panther looks like a versatile vehicle that can be the only car we would need for a weekend outing.

Story first published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 12:41 [IST]
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