• Sep 30th 2008 at 2:27PM
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Click above for more renderings of the Vizualtech Catamaran

Ever wonder what an Audi R8 would look like if it were to transform into a speedboat? Neither had we, but maybe it would look a bit like this machine, developed by a Swedish company named Vizualtech. The most notable styling element of the R8 are its contrasting blades of color just aft of the doors, and these make the transition to Vizualtech's catamaran along with the integrated fuel-filler. At the rear are large openings with strakes that mimic the look of the R8's hind-end nicely. One thing that the Audi doesn't have are this catamaran's gull-wing doors. We expect Audi to drop a V10 engine in the R8's engine bay soon enough, and this sea worthy ship will feature one of its own, though powered by biodiesel and making about 320-horsepower. Top speed falls a bit behind the vehicle that inspired its design at 110 miles per hour, but that's supercar speed on the water.

[Source: ZER Customs]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      A boat with a permanent hardtop? Isn't that kinda silly? There's a reason speedboats are convertibles, not coupes. At least give the thing a retractable roof to let the breeze and sun in.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Laugh my ass off yup Audi you need to learn how a offshore Cat works. Blocking the rear area of the tunnel is a recipe for disaster. Can you say submarining? The airflow under the hull in the tunnel provides lift and by putting a grille and deck thier you are going to pitch the nose down and full up trim won't save your ass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It doesn't look bad, but I think it looks a little TOO much like the R8. :-/
      • 6 Years Ago
      110mph out of only 320hp??? I'd be impressed, but those seem like unrealistic #'s.
        • 6 Years Ago
        in what manor? That it should go faster or be slower?

        Water is very resistant
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really nice looking boat.

      Just curiosity, what's the MPG of a boat with such or similar power??
        • 6 Years Ago
        On small boats, figure 10000 divided by the weight (in pounds) under optimal cruise. gets much worse if you go fast. Diesel will be a little better, of course
      • 6 Years Ago
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      • 6 Years Ago
      wow. this looks very unique in the speed boat industry. i like it better then the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can Imagine stuff too. The cat hull doesn't lend itself to a big single engine. Twin jets would fit this imaginary boat much better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Doesn't a catamaran have two hulls? This is clearly a V-bottom boat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the corvette cigarette boat concept looked a lot better. I actually liked that one. This seems more like a "jump-on-the-bandwagon" kind of thing...and I don't think the result is as pretty as the corvette one was.

      Ironically, I think the R8 is prettier than the Corvette.
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