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By Elizabeth Ginns Britten — July 2004
Here’s something I’ve never seen before—a car that’s also a boat.
The three-seater Gibbs Aquada is a high-speed amphibian that’s capable of on-land speeds in excess of 100 mph and on-water speeds of approximately 34 mph, thanks to its 175-hp, 2.5-liter, 24-valve V-6 and jet drive. It can reportedly accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than ten seconds on land and get on plane within five seconds.
The Aquada quickly converts to a watercraft; as the vehicle enters the water, the driver presses a button to start the transformation from car to boat, disconnecting power to the wheels. The wheels retract, trim tabs deploy, road lights change to running lights, and it’s good to go.
With a price tag of approximately $270,000, the Aquada is about as expensive as an Aston Martin or Bentley, but this vehicle’s definitely a lot more versatile.
Gibbs Aquada Phone: (44) 2476 377 941. www.gibbsaquada.com.
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This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.