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Youabian Puma is a $1.1-million 'pleasure vehicle'

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There is no proper way to describe just how big this car is. Not big in terms of its importance here at the LA Auto Show – we're talking about sheer size. This weird-looking, four-seat convertible is a full 242 inches long, 93 inches wide and 72 inches tall, riding on a 163.5-inch wheelbase. In other words, it's significantly larger than a Bentley Mulsanne. It rides on 20-inch chrome wheels wrapped in 44-inch tires. And man, is it ugly. (Check out those last-generation Buick Enclave taillamps. And the not-exactly matching Volvo headlamps, too.)

It is significantly larger than a Bentley Mulsanne.

According to the Los Angeles-based manufacturer, the Puma was "conceptualized for those individuals who dare to be different than the ordinary. Those who go a step beyond achieving and dreaming the best that they can be." Cue "Eye of the Tiger." The car's creator even told Autoblog that he does not consider it to be a roadster, convertible, SUV, or anything else – it is simply a "pleasure vehicle."

Power comes from a 7.0-liter V8 (a version of GM's LS7), putting out 505 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. That apparently allows the Puma to accelerate to 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds, and it will reportedly return 14 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg highway. It rides on an aluminum and steel chassis, with a body – and what a body! – made of aluminum and fiberglass composites.

Inside, the Puma is loaded to the gills with creature comforts, with a cabin that's somehow less ostentatious than the car's exterior. It even has goodies like Bluetooth, voice-activated navigation, Sirius XM satellite radio, xenon headlamps and more. The interior colors can also be fully customized to the buyer's specific desires, and the interior – folding hardtop included – is basically ripped straight out of a Volvo C70.

But here's the best part. The Puma costs – wait for it – $1.1 million. Because, you know, a Veyron is simply way too pedestrian. Head over to the Puma's website for more information, and seriously, get a load of this thing for yourself in the gallery above.

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