AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Fans are one step closer to their dreams of being James Bond: A startup company is working to bring an amphibious ATV to the United States market by the end of this year.
The 2013-model Gibbs Quadski will be equipped with a high-tech, lightweight engine from BMW Motorrad when it debuts later this year, according to Gibbs Sports Amphibians Inc.
Gibbs recently signed a five-year agreement with the German OEM to buy the company's four-cylinder K 1300 engines and transmissions through 2016.
"Quadski is the world's first high-speed, powersports amphiquad and is designed to achieve speeds of up to 45 miles per hour on both land and water," said Gibbs chairman Neil Jenkins. "With the Quadski, Gibbs will usher in an entirely new form of transportation."
The company spent more than 18 months and 75,000 engineering man hours to pair the BMW powertrain with the Quadski's amphibian systems, Jenkins said.
Engines for the Gibbs Quadski will be manufactured at BMW's Motorrad plant in Berlin, Germany.
Pricing hasn't been announced.
Posted by Holly Wagner