As the summer season slowly draws to a close comes the time for manufacturers to unveil their new wares for the upcoming year. We watched the reveals roll out for all three OEMs, Yamaha, Kawasaki and finally Sea-Doo. We even are catching news from off-the-beaten path manufacturers, like the Ducati-inspired twin 1098cc concept we reported on yesterday.
Alas, the latter is just a concept. But Gibbs’ Quadski is no mere idea or concept. The Quadski has been around few years now, and although the BMW-powered High Speed Amphibian (HSA) is a low production unit, they’re surprisingly successful. The quad-meets-watercraft built by Gibbs Sports Amphibians, the pioneering global leader, has recently added a second unit to its Quadski lineup, the XL.
The Quadski XL offers the same power and performance as the Quadski single seater, but is built to seat two riders. Powered by a 4-cylinder 1300cc 16-valve DOHC producing 140-horsepower (it notes on the water), both the Quadski and the Quadski XL are capable of speeds up to 45mph on both land and water. On land, the Quadski benefits from independent coil-over springs with hydraulic dampers and 4-wheel disc brakes.
No matter whether you’re a potential owner, the Quadski XL is an impressive machine, and the technology in the Gibbs unit hasn’t been lost on those who have flocked to the select dealers carrying the Quadski.