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Tuesday, 16 October 2012 16:36

GIBBS unveils world's first high-speed sports amphibian in Detroit


(DETROIT) -- The GIBBS Quadski will go on sale in the United States next month. The dream of two visionary entrepreneurs, the GIBBS high-speed amphibian is the product of millions of research dollars and years of development work in the U.S., New Zealand and the UK. It will be produced in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Introduced at a Gibbs Sports Amphibian press conference in Detroit by Alan Gibbs, the company's founder and Neil Jenkins, its chairman, the Quadski is equipped with a 175-horsepower BMW Motorrad engine and transmission. With the press of a button, its wheels retract when entering the water and deploy when approaching land.

Jenkins says the Quadski will retail for about $40,000 when introduced in November. The company expects to have more than 20 dealership locations in place within the next 12 months, primarily in the Midwest, New York, Texas, and the southeastern United States.

The vehicle weighs 1,300 pounds and is equipped with a 15-gallon fuel tank. It will be available in five colors-red, yellow, blue, silver, and black.

"It's been a long, uphill battle, but clearly worth the effort," said Gibbs. "Quadski will pave the way for a host of other HSA's for consumers, sports enthusiasts, law enforcement agencies, first responders, and other commercial enterprises.

Story & Photos Submitted by Robert Benko