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2014 Jeep Wrangler: Old Wine in New Bottle

With 2014 becoming the year of small to midsized SUVS, the emergence of 2014 Jeep Wrangler seems like a welcome relief. To begin with, it is a complete no nonsense vehicle and remains at its best to keep its tradition even when the pavement ends. The classic SUV from Jeep is powerful enough to climb rocks, frolic in sand dunes or even cross streams whenever required just to please its passengers. Its standard four wheel drive feature and excellent ground clearance makes it a complete off road vehicle for those who love adventure.

The only thing that you cannot expect from a Jeep Wrangler is comfort, even though the 2014 version is being talked highly as the most civilized version from the lot, the Wrangler is noisy and rough which are absolutely not the features of a midsized SUV falling in this price range. However, if you are among those who love to spend weekends off road then surely 2014 Jeep Wrangler is your best bet. It is undoubtedly the most versatile kind of SUV you can find in the market because it gives you complete liberty to choose between its two and four doors, along with detachable roof, doors and even a windshield if you want to make your ride a little airy from all sides. It is arguable that whether you would like to drive Wrangler on road without these special features, but it is recommended to choose soft top cover over its heavy hardtop covers if you will be driving it al fresco for your daily chores. This will only make your 2014 Jeep Wrangler more vulnerable to thieves as removing and reinstalling these features can take a hell lot of time as well as patience. Now it’s up to you how you take these additional features because for some they are charming while for others they are unnecessary and complete waste of time.

Of course, Wrangler has its own share of issues which cannot be brushed aside, wherein its long braking distance is a prominent one it’s handling on paved roads is not as steady as you may find in other refined SUVs of this class. Still, driving 2014 Jeep Wrangler is fun because its short wheel base makes it quite easy to maneuver in tight spaces if you are completely fine with slowing down the steering. The powerful V6 engine of 2014 Jeep Wrangler is efficient enough and it comes with a host of factory options list to choose from along with easy availability of aftermarket parts supplied by several independent companies.

If you are not completely satisfied with the rugged off road capabilities of Jeep Wrangler, then it will be good for you to actually take a long test drive of the vehicle because without that it will be difficult for you to understand how cool this compact cross over is despite being almost the same as the earlier versions, the few tweaks have made it better than other livable crossovers like Nissan Xterra or Toyota FJ Cruiser, which are also a good option only if you want to drive them on regular basis. If you want to get back to basics and nature as well then surely 2014 Jeep Wrangler is a perfect bet.

SUV That Runs on Water People – Introducing the Watercar Panther!

Ever qualm yourself riding those super cool and clique James Bond vehicles that move equally well on bother road and water surfaces? For certain, you have. Now your fancy for the ride may be accomplished with the world’s fastest amphibious car, as claimed by the manufacturer,  a jeep based off-roading machine that can swim as well, the WaterCar Panther which has been the outcome of endeavor of car manufacturers in the coastal areas, specially Florida and California. Now hassles of towing a boat along, or paying heavy prices for speed boats is a pain redressed.

Powered by a 3.7L V-6 engine supplied by Honda, with a power of 250hp, this limber desert or water off-roader attains speed of 80 mph on the road and an astounding 44 mph in water. The transformation from car to boat mode is a play of merely 15 seconds for the Panther.  The engine powers the wheels on road, and Panther jet during water propulsion, as called by the company. The Panther took a period of fourteen years, twenty-seven patents, various failures and successes and numerous hours of uncounted hard work to qualify to a position it adheres to, today. Whilst it has a design evocative of the Jeep Wrangler, even reminding of similar headlights and few design elements, a Light weight bespoke chromel chassis is what supports the Panther. The Panther weighs less than 3000lbs which makes its performance efficient and sliding easily on water contours.


The Panther has capabilities of towing a wake board or water ski, making it the ultimate supper for summer adventure hungry. But to enjoy the Panther to its fullest one must possess a valid drivers’ license and a marine operators’ license in some states of the US. The Panther also needs to be registered both as a car and a boat while insurance agencies will make sure its use for the purpose. Unlike other water skiers in which parts have to be purchased separately and installed for the manufacturer due to government regulations, the Panther can be fully arranged for a price of $135,000 which although seems insanely expensive, yet it saves the pest of buying a boat, a car and an appropriate trailer, all separately. The promo video that aired, boasts quick transformation in the boat mode, not as it is called officially, is for sure noticeable and the bikini-clad advertisement ensures that you tell your female accomplice to exult herself for the boat ride mode.

With the lustrous commercial, WaterCar has launched a promotional giveaway of a thousand dollars, with the tagline question “What will you do with your WaterCar?” on Facebook. As far as the pricing is concerned, the Panther will make its way to the market in three variable forms i.e. the skeletal structure of the chassis rolling out without its engine, ancillaries, gearbox, some missing accessories and wiring for $76,000 while the complete package which only requires turning the key-to-go will come at a price of $135,000. A model amid the two trim levels will be available for $106,000 housing the exhaust but missing on some key components like the lights, doors, steering wheel etc. Overall it is a fun-filled package and an active substitute for yachters.

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