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The Quadski holds one rider, goes from land to water in 5 seconds, and is able to travel on both at 45 mph.

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Gibbs Sports Amphibians

It might not look as comfortable as James Bond's amphibious Lotus Esprit, but the Quadski has the advantage of not being fictional. Gibbs Sports Amphibians unveiled the amphibious recreation vehicle in Detroit today.

The Quadski is a single seat all-terrain-vehicle that can also operate on the water, making it truly all terrain. One rider can take it from land to water, a process that involves it folding its wheels up into the wells, presumably for better hydro-dynamics.

Gibbs says the Quadski can go up to 45 mph on land and water. The vehicle is powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder motorcycle engine sourced from BMW. At 1,300 pounds and 10 and a half feet long, the Quadski won't likely fit on a roof rack or even in the bed of a pick-up.

Gibbs expects to begin manufacturing and sales next month, and will be available in black, silver, blue, red, and yellow.

Although Bond had the treasury of the British government backing his Lotus Esprit, you will not need that much money to buy a Quadski. But Gibbs' estimated price of $40,000 puts it in a very different league than your average Jet Ski or ATV.