15 Badass Adventure Vehicles

March 13, 2015

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  • Kyle Sundman
  • Trevor Harmon

They say life’s about the journey, not the destination. Make your journey a memorable (and potentially dangerous) one with some of the zaniest, most expensive and most (im)practical adventure vehicles ever made. 

PAL-V One


The PAL-V One gets you door to door as fast as possible. This land and air vehicle has the agility of a motorcycle on land yet flies like a standard gyrocopter. With land speeds of up to 112 MPH – and the ability to fly – you'll never have to wait in traffic again.

PowerSki JetBoard


The PowerSki JetBoard is one of the coolest water vehicles. Ever. Buying one, though, seems extremely sketchy. This engineering marvel has a 45-horsepower motor propelling it to speeds around 40 MPH. The three fins allow for incredibly low and sharp carving turns.

Triton Sub 3300/3


The PowerSki JetBoard is one of the coolest water vehicles. Ever. Buying one, though, seems extremely sketchy. This engineering marvel has a 45-horsepower motor propelling it to speeds around 40 MPH. The three fins allow for incredibly low and sharp carving turns.

ICON A5


Shell out $139,000 for this seaplane and jump from puddle to puddle with ease. The ICON A5 is a high-wing amphibious plane made for novice fliers with the FAA's new sport-pilot license. This monoplane is straightforward to fly, thanks to minamalist car-like instrument panel. Plus, transport to a garage is made simpler by folding wings – just like your car.

Custom NIssan XTerra


This Nissan is a car-camping powerhouse. If you're going on a cross-country road trip, this is your vehicle. Park and pop out the tent for a good night of sleep.

The Proteus


The Proteus is fundamentally different from conventional vessels its inflatable pontoons adjust to the shape of the sea, not the other way around. This boat (or whatever you call it) also has the capability to navigate shallow waters such as rivers and canals. Time for a surf trip, perhaps…

Rally Sled


Ken Block, founder of DC Shoes and highly decorated rally car driver, came out with this little number a couple years back. Essentially, they mashed high performance rally cars with snow cats to make a beast that can tackle even the deepest of powder with ease.

Media Raptor


By itself, the Ford Raptor is a beast. Tim Damon, Hollywood car ad man, teamed up with Camera Car Systems to mount this camera on a Raptor for 360 degree views of the truck. Imagine the off-road footage you would get with this thing!

Mercedes Benz G63


Mercedes Benz can get dirty, too. This G63 is so rugged it needed 6 wheels instead of the standard 4. Bottom line, if you’re lookin’ to ride in style while not getting hung up on the trivial things (like boulders), this is your whip.

Amphibious RV


Have you ever been driving along in your enormous luxury motor home, come to the edge of a lake and been super bummed that you couldn’t just drive right out into the water? No worries, the guys over at CAMI (which actually stands for Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International) felt the same way. So they developed this.

Custom E350


The Ultimate Adventure Vehicle began its life as a standard E350 transport van, but after a quick (or not so quick) facelift, it’s transformed into one of the most badass motorhomes on the planet. A little more economical than some of the others we’ve seen, this 4x4 can snake its way through pretty much anything you can throw at it...within reason. Remember, its still a van (at heart).

Jeep Brute


Jeep’s Brute, though lesser known than its Wrangler brother, packs a serious punch on and off the pavement. The agreeable cab comes with big truck convenience; and some serious power under the hood to match.

Quad Ski


Jet ski’s are a blast. ATV’s are also a blast. Combine them together and you’ve got the the Quad Ski. For a while, only the boys in camo were allowed to experiment with this speedy amphibian.

Aquatic Jet Pack


JetLev’s pack-powered device sucks water up through a huge tube and shoots it back out with such force that it actually propels you up into the air with surprising stability. You've got to stay in the water for it to work, but its a pretty nifty first step towards personal jet packs.

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