• Mar 18th 2009 at 6:59PM
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Amphicoach Amphibious Touring Bus - Click above for a gallery

Amphibious touring vehicles have been around for a while (the Bay Quackers in San Francisco comes to mind), offering vacationers a unique way to explore both the city and the waterways surrounding it. Amphicoach is taking it to the next luxurious level, with a 50-seat bus that combines all the amenities you'd find in a high-end touring coach with the amphibious capabilities required to tackle the seas.

After six years of development and testing, Amphicoach is ready to launch its first model, which complies with all relevant E.U. legislation for passenger vehicles and can handle extended periods submerged in either salt- or fresh-water.

The Amphicoach is equipped with a choice of two diesel engines along with two- or four-wheel drive, is built from marine grade aluminum for light weight and superior strength, features a jet drive unit built specifically for the bus and a one-off wheel retraction system that allows the coach to travel up to eight knots. Inside, it's typical party-bus fare, with LCD screens, DVD players and PA systems, along with all the required safety gear.

Pricing and availability is currently on a need-to-know basis, but for cities trying to stoke tourism, the Amphicoach could be worth the cost of entry... assuming it won't leave pensioners stranded off the shore of Alcatraz.

[Source: Amphicoach via 4wheelnews]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      How does everyone believe that it's a "death trap" and "a lawsuit waiting to happen"? I'd like to think that after 6 years of testing and refinement they'd have thought of more than some guy posting comments on a blog post.
      • 6 Years Ago
      tonight on top gear...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Shouldn't that be "Tonight on Top Rudder" ;-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      can handle extended periods submerged in either salt- or fresh-water.

      Don't u mean afloat? I hope so.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Id want all the windows removed just in case it threatens to sink.......wouldn't want to feel trapped in it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bay Quackers??? Thats what comes to mind??

      Ever heard of the Boston Duck Tours?

      While they are a lot like Cheer's in that no one from Boston has ever been in one, they happen to be the vehicle of choice for all of our sports team victory parades in this Decade of Boston Sporting Dominance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe they can race this thing:

      actually thought it was the terra wind guys up to their old tricks when I first saw the headline.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's from Malta! I almost knew that, the maltese LOVE busses. More than they love water and the colour yellow.

      theSAWzall: It's a bus, not a car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "We all live in a ..."
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yellow Submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now, can the folks at MIT make it fly too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish it looked more like a boat in the water and less like one on land. How does this comply with Europe's new stricter pedestrian impact standards (the ones that have made all their hoods shaped differently)? I'm guessing in a pedestrian impact the victim is pushed down to the pavement and slowly compressed into a pancake by the advancing bow...nice!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lawsuit? Where? No you cant sue for getting wet. Or that the coffee is too hot. This thing has five exits, far enough for a small bus like this.

      I wonder what chassis they build on. I assume it's IVECO since thats where they get their engines.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing is a death trap. Far too easy to capsize. Far too hard to get out of in the event something goes wrong.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My thoughts exactly. An open top/convertible design would probably be better, or at least put passengers more at ease.
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