Cruising in an Amphibious Vehicle

Oct. 12, 2006
Using a positive floatation foam approved by the United States Coast Guard for amphibious vehicles, the Hydra Spyder can travel on both land and water.

Julie Kalista
Online Editor

Unlike it's military predecessors, this car is sporty, with a standard production model powered by a Corvette LS2 6.0-liter V8 engine rated @ 400 h.p. @ 6000 rpm and 400 ft. lbs of torque @ 4000 rpm with 5-speed manual high-performance close-ratio transmission. It has a 400 h.p. engine, front wheel drive with 3.73-1 axle ratio, and weighs approximately 3,300 lbs. 53-47% weight split with 53% on the drive tires on the front. Features include a 5052 alloy aluminum plate lower hull construction with a light weight fiberglass upper body and a Berkeley Marine Jet with power trim package. It has a retractable 4 point independent front and rear suspension system, air ride automatic ride height control, all light-weight aluminum lower "A" arms, power rack and pinion steering, four wheel disk brakes standard with 265/70R 17 in. tires and aluminum wheels.

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