Like flies to honey, boutique vehicle builders the world over (but mostly in California and Florida) are drawn to the challenge of building a better amphibious car. A newish entry to the segment, the WaterCar Panther, recently came to our attention via a deliberately wacky promo video making the rounds on YouTube.

Despite its don't-tell-Jeep's-lawyers looks (eagle-eyed litigious types will note that the Panther's grille has a mere six slats) this WaterCar actually looks like a nifty piece of watersports kit. At the heart of the Panther is a 3.7-liter V6 engine sourced from Honda, which powers the wheels (rear only by the looks of things), and what the company calls its Panther Jet for in-water propulsion. We're told that the vehicle will do a sprightly 44 miles per hour over the water (38 knots), and more than 80 mph on the street. Transition from car to boat mode takes about 15 seconds, we're told.

We don't have any idea how much WaterCar is asking for a Panther (we're looking into it), but we're guessing that the sticker price is higher than the budget for the promotional video below. Warning: silly skits, presumably unlicensed Metallica and dozens (hundreds?) of bikinis follow. Enjoy the mayhem.


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      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does the wooden e-brake automatically apply when picking up fake GF?
      thenewrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bah, This looks too damn cool. $140,000 yikes!
      Peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      The video advertisement and the vehicle are tacky, and a clear indication of to whom the vehicle is being marketed. My intelligence was insulted. On the other hand, the vehicle seems to have some real ability on the road and the water.
      zakgee
      • 2 Years Ago
      boobs @ 2:37
      Pete
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would drive my Watercar to the nearest bodyshop and get it repainted ASAP, then I would be driving my Watercar right back to that blond's house, parking it in the driveway and running inside, wowawiza she's fine!
      rebman70
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome idea. Down a case of Coors Light, then bring in firearms. I am very into guns, but mixing with alcohol, especially in a promo video, is just irresponsible and stupid.
      CptObvious
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyone notice the 2x4 behind the rear wheel? Is this thing parked on a hill, or was it going to roll away while the pic was being taken?
        tom.tommarello
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CptObvious
        LOL. First thing I noticed. Came to look at the comments to see haw many others noticed it first thing.
      Basil Exposition
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sex Panther
      iTsLiKeAnEgG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice....water car porn!
      seanmcculley@yahoo.com
      Um, 2x4 rear braking system. yeah.
      disngaj
      • 2 Years Ago
      Built by Fountain Valley Bodyworks? I dealt with them to simply replace and paint one door panel, and it involved numerous mistakes and return visits: Good luck on THIS!!
      Dreez28
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just don't look at the pricing. It'll turn your dreams into nightmares.
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