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WaterCar Panther

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Uh, can panthers even swim? I thought cats hated water and stuff 'cause it might, like, cleanse their evil spirits. I'm just not clear on the logic of WaterCar's name selection process for what is supposedly the world's fastest amphibious vehicle. I would have maybe gone with Sailfish or, if it had to be a formidable mammal, Killer Whale. But maybe the WaterCar method was to look at other highly successful companies' branding techniques, and just copy what they did. In which case we have Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, and--oooooh!--the just-announced Mavericks to look forward to as future models.

Oh. Wait. I guess they called it a Panther because its marine power source is a Panther Jet. Well. Maybe next time I'll read about the product before writing about it.

WaterCar built its Panther to deftly traverse states of matter both solid and liquid. Powered by a Honda V6 V-Tec motor and the aforementioned Panther Jet, it can reach land speeds of 80+ mph and top out on water at 44 mph. Its composite chassis and stainless steel/vinyl interior are hardy enough to handle dousings of sludge, sand, and water, and the car is safe for use in salt water, provided adherence to proper maintenance procedures.

WaterCar interiors model the Jeep CJ8's, and the majority of the latter's after market interior parts will fit the Panther for increased customization options. Currently, WaterCar offers 3 echelons of Panther purchasing options. Rolling Chassis is for mechanics and builders who want to put together the vehicle from a heap of basic parts included in the kit, plus others purchasable from standard auto or marine retailers. The Turn Key Minus package includes all components for assembly, less the drive train and custom paint, so builders will need to acquire the Honda engine and a VW bus transmission. Finally, the Complete Custom WaterCar arrives prebuilt to the patron's specifications.

Purchase Details: $75k - $135k from WaterCar »